Sunday, May 5, 2013
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I really didn’t do anything to celebrate except relax. This weekend we hit 80F in Seattle, it was just gorgeous!
As usual Sunday was my cooking day, and I made this delicious Italian Black Bean Soup. I know I am crazy but I still love my soups during hot days, and the spicier the better.
This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date.
My secret blog this month was This Chick Cooks, which is written by Katie. I am so glad I found Katie’s blog, because I LOVE it. She has the same belief in food as I do. Organic, non processed, None GMO and toxic free. Some people think it is crazy, but I am totally with her. If one thinks the FDA is protecting you from toxic food think again. Do you own research on things, just because it is available doesn’t mean it is good for you or toxic free.
As I found Katie blog I could not stop reading, because she writes about so many things I believe in. I haven’t taken my blog there, for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean I don’t eat or cook like that myself. I let the reader choose what type of brand of ingredient or substitutions they want to eat. Maybe I will add a little tidbit here and there, but I believe everyone should be able to choose the type of food they want to cook. But my pantry is 99% organic, and I try to limit the chemicals in the house, that includes toys, cleaning supplies, plastics and cosmetics too. The list can get pretty long. But the best resource for anyone wanting to do their own research is The Environmental Working Group. If there was only one site that you should use this would be it.
And while I am at it – if you haven’t read this NY Times article, “Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested.” please read this. It is pretty scary and makes you think twice what you bring home.
Now back to the Italian Black Bean Soup, just delicious, filling, and healthy dinner.
Italian Black Bean Soup
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
1 lbs of hot or sweet Italian sausage and option is also to use meatballs
1 medium onion diced
2 celery stalks chopped
2 carrots chopped
4 slices of pancetta chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 2/3 cup (1 can/16 oz) cooked Great Northern beans
1 2/3 cup (1 can/16 oz) black beans
1 2/3 cups (1 can/16 oz) of diced tomatoes and their juices
4 cups of chicken stock
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp of paprika
2 tbsp of olive oil/coconut oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chop all the vegetables and sauté them in a pot with the olive or coconut oil and the panchetta. You should sauté them about 5-10 minutes, at least until the onion is translucent.
Add the sausage/meatballs to the vegetables. Then add the spices and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. After that add the chicken stock and beans and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper.
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Monday, April 8, 2013
I can’t believe it is April time is just flying away, people always tell you when you become a mother time goes by so must fast. It is true. My to do list never shrinks, it just gets longer and longer. What i learned is you just become better at prioritizing and doing things differently. I think i have have told folks here before that i only do grocery shopping once a week, i only cook on Sundays for the week, and i make breakfasts and lunches the night before. This is the only way i can now function and feel i get things done and not stress.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Recently i got a mandoline and i have no idea how i lived without this thing. I love it. One of the first things i did was to make these potato chips. Again so easy and delicious. You don’t have to use a mandoline you can use a cheese slicer or even a food processor. It’s just a mandoline gets you the very thin slices.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Even if i am not a big coffee drinker i love Irish Coffee, and it’s also great drinking cold, just harder to mix the sugar in. You can always use honey as a substitute.
When it comes to Irish coffee there are some pretty strict rules out there on how to make it and how it is presented. I am sure that an Iced Irish Coffee is against the rules. But also some folks say that the cream should not be whipped either, but really it is up to you how you want to drink it.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Happy March everyone! Time is just flying away but spring is almost here. I can see all the spring flowers coming up. I am not a winter fan at all.
As all of you know i am a mom but I also work full time. What that means to me is that i cook most of my meals on Sundays for the week, i also prepare lunches and breakfasts for everyone the night before, this is so my mornings, are as smooth as possible and i can sleep as long as possible too. All i have to worry about in the morning is to shower and get dressed, then we can sit at the breakfast table and eat. Once we are done, just pick up the little bags in the refrigerator and out we go. Bags are all packed the night before. When I come home at night it is just to turn on the oven, or the stove and heat up one of the dishes what was prepared on Sunday, make a salad and sit down and eat. Dinner is prepared in less than 30 minutes and i get the extra time to go out with my daughter and also walk the dog.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy Valentines Day! I am not a big Valentine’s person, i believe we should celebrate love everyday. However, on Valentine’s day i like to give a few cards out, and share a cocktail or two with the loved ones. White Russian’s are some of my favorite dessert drinks! Have you tried to flavor it with International Delight? Sooo good!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Imagine a bar that is chewy with layers of shortbread, chocolate, coconut, and caramel – well this is the bar. It is delicious and rich too. I was looking for a recipe to include my favorite girl scout cookie which is Samoas and i wanted to replicate the Samoas into the bar, and this is the bar that i created.
I am entering this recipe into the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest. Visit this page from Feb. 19-March 1st to vote for your favorite recipe.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Where has the time gone, it’s already February. . .i guess that is what happens when you have a little one. Soon to be one!
This is the third year of Delishhh and I have had a blast! It has been so much fun writing and creating this blog and there is more to come. But first thank you everyone for being very supportive and giving feedback and comments. You guys make it fun! Next year will be a very exciting year for me and very excited to share it with you.
Here is the “Year in Review” of recipes.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Love mousse, but real mouse is made with raw eggs but many will not eat it because for raw egg. Today there are many other ways of making mousse without raw eggs and this is a very simple and easy way of first making custard and then mixing it and refrigerating it. This Chocolate Kahlua Mousse is so simple and delicious. The only issue is that you have to pretty much make this the night before.
Monday, January 7, 2013
I am back, yes I just decided to take a little holiday break from blogging. It was a very busy holiday season but I am all refreshed and ready to start the new year.
During the holidays I spend 2 ½ weeks relaxing, this is what I was looking at most of the time, relaxing in the sun.