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Tag: soups

Cheddar and Herb Biscuits

Growing up in the south biscuits were common whereas in California rolls or bread usually accompany a meal. We rarely serve bread with a meal. The exception would be if we are having soup or a dinner salad. Biscuits are a great choice because they […]


Many years ago I lived in a very small town near Louisiana for a spell. The eastern boarder towns of Texas were heavily influenced by Cajun cuisine. While there I experienced squirrel soup (I will spare you any further details). I learned all about how […]

How to Make Turkey Stock

basic turkey stock

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When I make soups I use a product I buy at Costco called Better Than Bullion. Basically it is stock that has been boiled down into a concentrated paste. I like it better than bullion or canned broth but it does not compare to the real stuff. I made a pot roast the other day and saved the juices to make beef stew. It was ten times better than anything from a can. Stock can be made using the drippings from a roast pan or by boiling the leftover turkey or chicken carcasses.

To make turkey stock:

– De-bone the turkey by removing all the meat from the bones.

– Chop up the turkey to fit in a large pot. Cover with water about 1-inch or so above the turkey. Bring the water to a boil then turn down the heat to low; cover and simmer for 2-3 hours. Occasionally skim the foam from the top.

– Strain the broth into a large bowl or container using a thin kitchen cloth or cheese cloth placed on a strainer. Let cool. Skim the fat from the top. Freeze. This version does not have much flavor. It is best used in soups.

– Once the water has simmered for an hour add chopped onions, carrots, celery with the leaves, whole garlic cloves, parsnips, thyme, parsley and peppercorns. This version has flavor and can be used in soups, sauces or in anything else chicken or turkey stock is called for.

– Add the turkey neck and giblets to the pot with the turkey.

Should make about 3-4 quarts of stock.

Fall Pork Chop Vegetable Stew with Left Over Fiesta Rice

Last night’s menu consisted of fiesta rice and fajitas. The rice I learned to make from a girl I met in Texas. I added the cumin. I did not know what exactly I was going to make for dinner tonight but I had a hankering […]

Fall Ham and Potato Soup

This recipe I found on called “Delicious Ham and Potato Soup.” It has a nice flavor and texture. 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes 1/3 cup diced celery 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 3/4 cup diced cooked ham 3 1/4 cups water 2 […]

Italian Sausage Soup

This stew resembles Italian Wedding Soup. It is so simple and so delicious. I do not know where it originated, as it was passed around from friend to friend.

3 cans beef broth
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with herbs, puree slightly
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 pound Italian sausage
1 cup onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery
1 can kidney beans
1- 1 1/2 cups mini pasta shells (or your favorite pasta)

Brown Sausage in a tablespoon olive oil. Remove and set aside. Add garlic to the pan. Cook for 1 min. Add onions and celery. Saute until tender. Add tomatoes, broth, seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 20 minutes. Add pasta, beans and sausage. Simmer until pasta is cooked.