Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wife Soup

I promise I'm not turning this into a Firefly blog.  Probably.  Tonight I decided to make soup for dinner to use up some random leftovers and little bits of this and that.  I've seen some cooks call this "Trash Soup" or "Kitchen Sink Soup" but, being the Firefly fan that I am... any unnamed soup becomes "Wife Soup".  Also, just FYI, abandoned Wife Soup becomes Free Soup.  Anyway, here's what I made:

I took the last 4 or 5 red potatoes that were left in the bag and peeled and chopped them up.  I also chopped up the last little bit of a head of cauliflower that was in the fridge.  I put the potatoes, cauliflower and a heaping tablespoon of chopped garlic all in my large soup pan and covered it with about 3 cups of water and a tablespoon of chicken bouillon.  I brought all that to a boil then dropped the heat down to medium and cooked it until it was very soft uncovered.  A lot of the liquid evaporated, and that's ok.  I then used my immersion blender and blended everything until it was the consistency of a thick applesauce.  I added my Scarborough Fair spice blend (I mix up dried parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in equal amounts).  I used about 2 tsp.  I also added some salt and black pepper to taste.

I put it back on the stove and added about a cup of water and 5-6 dashes of hot sauce.  Hot sauce is optional, I like a little heat to all my food.  My favorite brand is Black Widow's Kiss which I picked up at Big Lots some time ago.  I put the heat back on medium low and added the last of a stick of butter (probably 2 tablespoons), some chopped up ham leftover from a previous evening's dinner and the last couple of spoonfuls in the package of real bacon bits (not imitation, the real stuff).  Finally I added the last of the milk... about a half cup or so.  Heat until the butter is melted and the soup is hot, stirring occasionally.  I served it with oyster crackers, a sprinkle of shredded colby cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  It was delicious, if I do say so myself.

No pictures, because potato soup is ugly as sin in photographs.  lol

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fruity Oaty Bars

My husband and I are *big* Firefly fans.  I might even go so far as to say "geeks".  For Valentine's Day this year we got each other Blue Sun t-shirts from Think Geek.  In the Firefly/Serenity universe, Fruity Oaty Bars are a snack food made by the Blue Sun Corporation.  Their commercials are bizarre and hilarious and contain subliminal messages to trigger the heroin into a (more or less mindless) human weapon.  So of course, I decided that I had to figure out how to make them as a surprise for my husband.

I started with the basic Rice Krispies Treats recipe and tweaked it.  Since the original calls for 6 cups of cereal, I decided that I should aim for about 6 cups of dry ingredients total.  I used about 1cup of pomegranate flavored craisins and dried pineapple chopped up for the "Fruity" part.  Then I added about a cup of honey roasted cashews which I also chopped.  I then added what was left in my container of oats, which was about 2 cups for the "Oaty" part.  I finished it off with about 2 cups of Rice Krispies.  After I had all the dry stuff mixed together, I melted a 10 oz bag of marshmallows with about 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat.  Once it was all melted and smooth I dumped in the dry ingredients and stirred.  It was really, really thick and not at all easy.  I scraped the whole mess into a greased 9X13 baking dish and used greased plastic wrap to smoosh it all down.  I let it sit for a couple of hours to firm up and then cut it into roughly granola bar shapes.  If I had a functioning printer I would have printed off some Fruity Oaty Bar wrappers from the internet.  But alas, I don' I didn't.

They don't honestly look like much, but they taste good and I'm certain that my hubby will get a kick out of them.  :)

As always, Think Geek, The Firefly Wiki, and The Blue Sun Corporation have nothing to do with this and (I hope) don't even know I exist.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Cookbook

Back in September I entered a a giveaway on Southern Living Magazine's blog, The Daily South.  I won a copy of Around the Southern Table.  It finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I've just finished reading through it.  It is a gorgeous book with amazing photography.  I've been cooking "Southern" for all of my adult life so a lot of these recipes were familiar, but most had a twist that I hadn't thought of or were for things that I could remember from my childhood, but had no idea how to make (or even what they were called so that I could Google them.)

The highlight of the book though, was the little inserts from famous Southerners about their memories from around their own tables.  My personal favorites were from Vern Yip (from HGTV) and Zac Brown (front man for The Zac Brown Band).

I cook a lot and I read a lot, so for a cookbook to actually impress me is very rare.  But I can recommend this one whole heartedly... well, maybe not for those who are dieting.  Country Ham Jam is definitely not for the calorie conscious.

I won the book and I am not getting anything from Amazon or Southern Living.  I'm just sharing something that I enjoyed, which is pretty much the point of this blog :)