Monday, November 12, 2018

Turkey Soup and Family Gathering - BWF

I would say, where has the year gone, but I know where 1/4 of this year went for me. But can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving? Good grief Charlie Brown, Christmas is right around the corner!
When I think about the holidays I think about family and years gone by. Family gatherings in particular so it was only fitting that I talk about it since our theme for November's Blog With Friends is just that, family gathering.
One thing about holidays growing up, I always looked forward to going to my grandparents farm and being with the entire family. It was different back then than now. We had to drive a long way and it was an event. One we looked forward to. I'd see my cousins, we would play, get gifts and more importantly gather around and be a family. Of course we'd eat, we're Southern! When we get together there is ALWAYS food.
Everyone had their assignments. Aunt Linda did a smoked ham, cheesecake, cheese ball and crackers, Aunt Dianne would make macaroni salad, Aunt Wanda would make a delicious pineapple cake and deviled eggs, maybe potato salad depending on the holiday and sweet potato casserole (which I took over making when I got older). My mom would make cookies, everyone fought over these cookies (still do) pecan pie, chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie. Grandmama would make the turkey, collards, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, rice, green beans with new potatoes oh and fudge! Very rarely if ever did this menu change. Over the years as my grandmother's health failed different ones picked up the slack and prepared the items that she would have done. After several years we began meeting at Aunt Linda's house instead, then Aunt Wanda's house. Now almost everyone is gone. There is Aunt Wanda, her two boys (35 and 40) my mom, me and my family. My cousin Tina, her brother Aaron and his family. That's it. Everyone else has passed on. Those of us left are scattered to the four corners so to speak.
I remember the gatherings with fond memories and miss them. The laughs, joking around, the smells of food, the kids playing, the dog sleeping in my granddaddy's lap. Even the hours of clean up I miss. Mostly I miss my family. Teresa was first, she was the youngest girl /cousin, my shadow. Then Granddaddy, Frank, Thomas, Grandmama, Aunt Dianne, Daddy, Aunt Linda, Alton and so it goes, one by one they have left us with empty hearts and empty spaces at the dinner table. We used to set up two card tables and all the chairs were full at the big table. Now we fit at one small table. I know it's life but the holidays do two things to me, make me sad/nostalgic and missing loved ones. It also makes me want to hold on tighter to the ones I have left. To continue with some of our traditions and reminisce about the past.

So in honor of days gone by, along with the sun and heat, here is a soup you can make from leftovers or just a few simple ingredients.

Turkey Soup
1 lb ground turkey
2-3 large carrots,peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1-2 cups rice
3 cups chicken stock/broth
If using 2 cups of rice add 2-3 cups of water or more broth
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP dried parsley
white pepper and salt to taste
In a large pot brown the turkey OR you could use 2-3 cups of leftover turkey diced up, if using ground turkey allow it to brown and add the onion, garlic and spices. Stir well and add in the broth. Water if needed and the carrots. Once the carrots are close to done, 10 minutes or so, add in the rice and additional water/broth. Cook until the rice is done, about 20 minutes and serve. You could add white wine and some mushrooms if you wanted as well.

Other participants

Karen from Baking In A Tornado

Jules from The Bergham Chronicles


Lydia from Cluttered Genius

Monday, November 5, 2018

Easy Beefy Noodles

I was in need of a quick and easy meal. My guys like beef or meat in general but it had turned off cool and windy so I wanted comfort food. Looking around at what was in the pantry and fridge this is what I decided on. 
Easy Beefy Noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/2 large onion diced
1/2 small jar of pimentos
1 clove garlic minced
3 cups beef bone broth
1/2 bag of wide egg noodles, sorry I just dump them in
Brown the beef with the onion, garlic and a little salt. I am no longer using black pepper due to my kidney issues as it is high in oxalates so I'm using white ground pepper.
Once this is done ,the pimento, bone broth and noodles go in. I bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until noodles are done to your liking. For me it took about 15-20 minutes.
The guys loved it and went back for seconds okay maybe thirds as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Korean Sloppy Joes

We love burgers and sloppy joes but I hadn't fixed the latter in a long long time. I was going through my recipe list and looking at previous post. Like the yummy original homemade Sloppy Joes or the even better Philly Cheese-steak Sloppy Joes . Then I thought, what can I do to make another version?
Asian sloppy about Korean? YES!
Now I must add, that it was delicious but would have been better with a slaw on top. Which I plan to add next time. Something like: (minus the chicken) Clean Asian Slaw
My son and I really enjoyed them, my husband said it was okay at first but the more he ate of his "joe" the more he enjoyed it. For the record, he's not a fan of sesame oil or sriracha.
Korean Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup, I used all natural no sugar added
1/2 cup hoisin 
1/2 cup water
2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP rice wine vinegar (important! not regular vinegar)
1/2 tsp sriracha (or another type of Asian hot sauce)
4-6 buns (optional toasting)

In a large non stick skillet cook the meat, break it down and cook until nice and brown. Add the garlic, hoisin, sesame oil, ketchup, water, soy sauce, vinegar and sriracha together. stir well and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. IF you want yours drier, not as sloppy, cook until thick and moist. If you want it sloppy, just as it starts to thicken, turn off the heat and allow it to sit for a few.
This is sweet, hot, sticky, messy and just the right amount of Umami.