Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Parsely, sage, rosemary, & thyme's last hurrah

This is actually the beginnings to my chicken soup base. The herbs are from my little garden on the back porch - it is starting to get a bit cold for them at night and so I am trying to find ways to use them before too long.

I love those orange carrots! Ignore the chicken parts floating around...raw chicken is a necessary evil to make this delicious soup base.

A big fat pot on my small stove. Someday, I will have a 6-burner gas stove. But this is not that day and I will be grateful for the stove I do have.

More to come later....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Red Enchilada Sauce

5-6 Tbsp oil

1 large onion, diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp mole sauce

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp chipotle chili powder

4 cups chicken stock

3 6oz cans tomato paste

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

In a large saucepan heat oil and then saut̩ onion & garlic until soft. Stir in mole sauce until well combined. Add flour, smoothing and stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 minute. Add chipotle powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. The sauce will thicken and smooth out Рyou can then adjust seasonings at this point if needed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Joanne's Magical Super-Fighting Germ Zapper Brew

I am not sure what to call this stuff and don't even know the origins of the recipe other than my friend Joanne brought me some of it while I was in the hospital with the Good Professor in 2007, suffering from one of the worst episodes of the influenza A I have ever had. The Professor ended up at Primary Children's Hospital and I was facing him being down there alone as Mr. Amazing Man was overseas at the time. After a few bowls of this magical brew, I was able to check myself out and go be with the Professor.

It's chock full of natural germ-killing ingredients and will help you get over a cold/flu faster than just about anything else that I have found. But a word of warning: While you might crave this when you are sick, it is pretty darn frightening when you aren't! But when you are sick...nothing soothes you better.

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large head of garlic, peeled (8-10 cloves)
  • 1 med onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp mint

Boil in a pot until onions and garlic are soft. Blend together with food processor until smooth. Add 1-2 tsp lemon juice.