Goulash Soup

Adapted from The Ground Beef Cookbook by Joanne Waring Lindeman. I reduced the amount of meat and changed the seasoning.

Servings: 6

1 pound ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup potatoes*, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced
½ cup celery, chopped
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 – 15 oz cans diced tomatoes*, undrained
1 ½ cups water
1 cup rice*
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt, or to taste
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese*, grated

  1. Saute beef and onion in a hot large pot until browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add veggies and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until rice and veggies are tender.
  4. Serve topped with cheese.
  • The potatoes and rice are not cooked before adding them to the pot.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces.  You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
  • Parmesan cheese is also very good on this soup.

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Irish Seafood Chowder

After my daughter Alycia came back from a semester abroad at Cork University College in Cork, Ireland she wanted to recreate some of the wonderful food that she enjoyed there. She found this recipe on the website for Poachers Inn in Bandon, Cork. This is a wonderful, rich chowder with salmon, shrimp & crab.  I have added conversions from grams & liters to cups & ounces as well as instructions for a few of the steps that they assumed you would know how to do.

Servings: 4-6

150g (⅔ cup – about 2 ½ Tbsp each) carrots, fennel, celery & onion, diced
oil
1 liter (≈ 1 quart) milk
500ml (≈ 2 cups) cream
1 Tablespoon fish bouillon powder or 2 shrimp bouillon cubes (see notes)
salt, to taste
Roux, to thicken (equal quantities of oil & flour mixed to a paste)
1 ½ lemons (zest & juice)
6 star anise (wrapped in cheesecloth for easy removal)
½ teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
250g (½ lb) salmon, cut into ½” pieces
150g ( lb) firm white fish (e.g. cod, haddock) , cut into ½” pieces
3 Tablespoons white wine
100g (¼ lb) crabmeat
100g (¼ lb) prawns (shrimp)
1 Tablespoon chives, chopped

  1. Heat skillet over low heat. Add enough oil to just cover bottom of the pan. Add carrot, fennel, celery & onion. Cover pan. Stir occasionally, cooking until veggies are translucent and soft, but have not started to brown – about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the salmon & white fish on an oven tray and place in a pre-heated 180 ℃ / 350 ℉ oven for 10 minutes. It should be slightly undercooked, since it will be cooked further after adding to the chowder.
  3. Place the cream, milk, bouillon, salt & garlic in a pot and place on full heat and whisk well.
  4. When the pot is just at boiling point (be careful here not to let it boil over as it can “split” the milk) add a tablespoon of roux and whisk it well for a couple of minutes and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the flour taste to cook out (add more roux at this point if you think it needs more thickening).
  5. Add lemon juice & zest, whisking as you add.
  6. Add salmon & white fish and stir well, then add star anise.
  7. Add white wine and cook for 10 minutes. If it is too thick, whisk in some hot water to thin it out.
  8. Add crab & prawns. Cook just until done.
  9. To finish, remove star anise and stir in cooked vegetables.
  10. Garnish with chives and serve with fresh homemade brown bread.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom One-Pot with Puff Pastry Toppers

adapted from Rachael Ray

3 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 onions
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
4 potatoes, diced
1/2 lb carrots, diced
2 parsnips, peeled and diced 1/2-inch thick (optional)
2 ribs celery, chopped
A few sprigs fresh sage leaves, very thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Splash white wine
1 rounded Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted
1 large egg

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a pot with 1 quartered onion and 1 bay leaf. Fill the pan with just enough water to come to the top of the chicken breasts.
  2. Bring the mixture to a low boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and poach the chicken 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken and dice or shred.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and puree the onion in the poaching liquid. Reserve.
  5. In the same pan, heat olive oil, a couple of turns of the pan over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and lightly brown.
  6. When the mushrooms are just tender, add 2 chopped medium onions, potatoes, parsnips, celery, sage, salt, pepper and remaining bay leaf. Cover the pot and sweat the vegetables 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove the bay leaf.
  8. Add butter, stir until melted. Add flour and stir to make a light roux.
  9. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine and add reserved poaching liquid.
  10. Whisk in the mustard and 2 cups chicken stock. Stir in the half & half. Thicken to a light gravy consistency.
  11. Adjust the salt and pepper and add the chicken.
  12. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while baking the pastry tops.
  13. Cut the pastry into shapes which reflect the shape and size of the dishes or bowls you wish to serve the soup in.
  14. Beat the egg with a splash of water and arrange the cut pastry on a nonstick baking sheet or on parchment-lined sheet pan. Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake to golden at 425 F,  about 12 minutes.
  • I always hate to see the vegetables thrown out that were used in making poached meat, so I like to run them thru the blender or use an immersion blender to puree them into the stock.
  • I did not have parsnips, so I left those out, but any vegetables can be added – whatever you like in a pot pie.

Split Pea Soup

from my daughter, Marissa Davis Hefner

2 cups dried split green peas, rinsed
2 cups chopped carrots (not necessary to peel them)
2 cups chopped celery (don’t forget the leaves)
1 head cauliflower, chopped

  1. Add all ingredients in a large pot, pour over enough water or broth to cover by 1″. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
  2. Cook until peas are tender, about an hour. As long as you cook on low with a lid, it is difficult to overcook this.
  3. When peas are tender, the soup will be a bit chunky – you can blend with an immersion blender or regular blender to a consistency of your liking.
  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder – or any other seasoning you like.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, sliced green onions, chopped ham or bacon… it’s very versatile.
  • You can substitute 16 oz frozen cauliflower.
  • You can also pour everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • I like to add a bay leaf, dried thyme (1+ tsp), and a pinch of cayenne while cooking – these are the seasonings used at Pea Soup Andersen’s.
  • I don’t usually salt & pepper while cooking – some folks don’t want salt & my daughter Alycia does not like pepper.  I like smoked salt & fresh-ground pepper on mine.
  • If the soup is too thick, add water or broth. 

Sweet and Tart Slaw

SOURCE

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp pepper
4 cups cabbage, shredded
2 cups  carrots, shredded
1 lg Granny Smith apple, quartered & sliced thinly
1 med turnip, shredded
5 lg radishes, halved and sliced thinly
2 green onions, sliced thinly

Directions

  1. Beat oil, vinegar, honey & pepper until well blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, toss to coat.
  3. Cover & refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving (can be served after 1 hour, but the additional time allows the flavors to blend more thoroughly).
  4. Makes 8 cups.
  • Keeps well – even better the next day.

Aunt Louise’s Zucchini Relish

from my husband’s great aunt, Louise Cooper Purinton

5 cups chopped unpeeled zucchini (2-3 large)
2 cups chopped onion (about 2 med)
1/2  red bell pepper *
1 1/2  Tbsp salt
1 1/8  cups vinegar
2 1/2  cups sugar
1 1/2  tsp pepper
1 1/2  tsp mustard seed
1 1/2  tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp celery seed
1/2  tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Grind vegetables to pickle relish consistency. Add salt. Put in large bowl & cover with water. Let stand overnight.
  2. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain well.
  3. Place in large pot. Add remaining ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Pack into jars & seal. Process for 5-10 minutes in boiling water bath.
  5. Makes about 4 pints.
  • Variations:
    • substitute carrot for bell pepper – it’s mostly there for the color
    • substitute cucumber or other veggies for zucchini (total 5 cups veggies)
    • substitute apple cider vinegar for white vinegar
    • substitute garam masala for turmeric (will be sweeter & a little spicier)
    • substitute saffron or annatto (achiote) for turmeric if you only want the color