Archive | January, 2012

Creamy Vegitable Soup — Dixie Stampede Inspired

24 Jan

If you haven’t been to Dixie Stampede, I highly suggest it. It is a dinner theater that’s well worth the price tag. My family and I visit every year – I have been more times than I can remember. The show features a battle between the North and the South where the performers sing, ride horses, participate in games and battle it out for the winner of the “war” it always comes down to the finial challenge, a flag pass through the audience.  Even better then the competition and the show is the food. They serve each guest a cornish hen, corn on the cob, cheesy biscut, pork loin, roasted potatoes and of course this soup.. it is the best part! The dinner is topped off with an apple turnover.  Oh and no silverware is included, its eat with your hands here!  Anyways enough about the show.. you have to try this famous soup!

 

Ingredients

3 TBS Butter
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic power
1 tsp corn syrup
3 TBS flour
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. water
2/4 c. finely chopped veggies ( I used one can mixed veggies, diced them until they were about the size of minced garlic)
1 pint half and half

Instructions

1. In a 3-quart sauce pot melt margarine. Add onion powder, garlic powder and corn syrup. Simmer for 1 minute. Do NOT brown.
2. Add flour, pepper, salt, chicken broth, water and veggies. Simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add half & half. Simmer until desired consistency ( may need to add a little flour to thicken it up) Stir constantly. Do NOT bring to a boil
4. You can garnish with parsley if desired.

 

Let me know how this works for you, pictures coming soon!


Sunday Funday!

22 Jan

Hello Sunday!  This is actually a pretty exciting Sunday for us (hahaha)

 

The oh-so eventful day started off by sleeping in.. until noon to be exact. Me Eric and the dogs cuddled in the bed.. Around noon we got up took the dogs out and out the door we went. We had an estate sale in mind. We are ISO some old vintage picture frames, a solid wood chest of drawers or dresser and a some candle sticks and vases and plates and saucers all with some fun PINTEREST inspired projects.

Old Frame Uses:
Bow Holder For craft show displays. Found on Pinterest but here is the original link. I Love these. I think mine would get a coat of hot pink or black paint and pair it with a fun mini-easel.

I also want to make a chalk board out of one using DIY chalk board paint (1 cup paint + 2tbs non-sand grout)

The Candlesticks, saucers, bowls, vases & Plates are all for these crafts:

We really didn’t find many treasures, a $3 picture frame but its not near as fancy as what I am looking for.. they were all $20++ and I don’t want to spend NEAR that much.

After visiting about 5 flea markets and thrift stores we headed home, but not without picking up a couple of newspapers for the coupons. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK FOR INSERTS!

When we got home I discovered my lovely husband forgot to lay out the chicken for the fried chicken … so backup meal it was:

Dixie Stampede Creamy Veggie Soup & Leftovers. This soup is AMAZING! Will post recipe later.

 

Now I’m on to sewing a few bibs and clipping the coupons for the week.. hope their are some good ones!

 

Wonton Tacos (Applebees knockoff)

17 Jan

I LOVE Applebees Wonton Tacos, but really who can afford to pay 6 something for 3 little tacos? Not me! Plus we used to enjoy Applebees Wonton tacos and an assortment of their other appetizers after 9pm when they were half off… well Applebee’s stopped doing that so we stopped eating here.

 

Here is a similar dish.. They turned out so good, no more Applebees for us!

Not my photo, click on photo for credit.

What you need:

1lb chicken breast, diced into small pieces (1/2″)
4 Tbs stir fry sauce (see my recipe below)
8 Tbs. Asian Sesame Vinagarette Dressing (see recipe below)
2 Tbs Veggie Oil
1/2 Cup Veggie oil (for frying)
2 Mayo
1/2 tbs sugar
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Teriaki Sauce
4 Wonton wrappers
4 Tbs Green onions, sliced
4 Tbs Cilantro
1 Lime
1 cup shredded cabbage
Red Onion (optional)

Directions:

1. Heat 1/2 cup oil in Dutch oven or high sided skillet (you need about 1/2″ on the bottom)
2. When oil is hot fry wonton squares, getting this right can be a little tricky. Your goal is to get them in the basic shape of a taco. What I did was fry one side for about 10 seconds or until it just barley turned light brown, then I flipped over and browned the other side for about 5 seconds and used my tongs to fold corner to corner but make sure to leave a nice opening. Hard to describe but basically you just have to do what works for you!
3. Place “tacos” on plate covered with paper towels to drip, set aside.
4. Now its time to make the sauce, toss the following together: Stir Fry Sauce, 6 Tbs Asian dressing, Soy Sauce and Teriaki Sauce, add chicken. I put it all in a tupper ware container and shook it to coat.
5. Heat 2 tbs oil in wock or large skillet, let it get good and hot.
6. Add chicken and sauce to wock and quickly cook, stiring the entire time. Make sure the chicken cooks through, should only take a couple minutes.
7. Whisk together mayo, sugar and remaining dressing. Add coleslaw, sliced onions and 1/2 lime juice. Toss to coat.
8. Fill shells 1/3rd way with chicken, top with coleslaw and cilantro. Add additional lime juice if desired. Top with Red onion if desired (I forgot!)

 

Vinegarette Dressing:
You can buy this at the store, however I didnt want to buy an entire bottle for just a little bit so i went to google and altered a recipie until I got something I liked.
Combine the following and whisk together:

3 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs veggie oil
1/3 cup water
dash of sugar, maybe 1 tsp

Stir Fry Sauce:
Again, you can buy this for about $2-3 at Wal-Mart.. but I figured if I have everything on hand.. why pay for it?

1 teaspoon corn starch
1.5 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cayanne pepper
1 tbs + 1tsp corn syrup
1 tbs + 1tsp soy sauce
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger

Add it all to sauce pan and simmer for 1 minute or heat in microwave for 1 minute, either works.

 

Let me know how this recipe works for you! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch

16 Jan

Nothing tastes better on a chilly day then a pot of chicken noodle soup. . Campbell’s soup is ok, that is until you try this soup!

What you need:
Carrots
Celery (1-2)
Onions (1 medium)
Chicken (1 breast per 2 people)
Chicken Stock or bullion cubes (4-5 for 2 people)
Pasta (your choice — egg noodles, spaghetti or fettuccine are all good)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic ( to taste)

1. Bring water with bullion cubes (or stock) to boil, while the water heats up dice carrots, onion, and celery and add to water. Add minced garlic (3-4 cloves) and salt and pepper to pot.  I used 3 bullion cubes and 1 can chicken broth.  Allow to boil for about 15 minutes or until tender

2.While veggies are boiling dice chicken into half-inch cubes.

3. Saute 2-3 cloves garlic in olive oil skillet, add chicken, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook thoroughly.

4. Add chicken and noodles of choice to pot.

5. Boil for recommended time on noodle package.

6. Enjoy!

 

Helpful Hints:

If using a long noodle (spaghetti or fettuccine) break them into small 1″ piece before adding to boiling soup.. makes it much easier to eat!

 

Do you have an amazing soup recipe? I’m always looking for new recipes.