Posts Tagged ‘soups’

Fiesta of Flavor: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

I’m a sincere lover of Mexican food – I crave it at least twice a month.  When I was in college, I would indulge at the local taquería in muy grande burritos and never gain a single ounce.  These days, if I so much as look at a burrito sideways, I gain five pounds.

Two years ago, Mr. CG and I were dining at our favorite local Mexican food restaurant.  He ordered the chicken tortilla soup.  I tried it for the first time, and fell in love.  All the flavor of a delicious taco, in a bowl, but healthier and lower in calories ?  Sign me up, señor.  Since the restaurant was reluctant to share their recipe, I spent over a year trying to capture the same flavor by tweaking my own recipe for sopa de tortilla de pollo.

On a cold winter day, there’s nothing I want more than a hot bowl of soup  And a nap.  But the latter is not happening.  Here’s my recipe for ‘taco in a bowl’.  It’s yummy yummy to your tummy.  Muy bueno.  Enjoy.

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Comfort Food: Potato & Corn Chowder

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” ?   Well, in my household, the way to Mr. CG’s heart is through a bowl of very hot homemade soup.  The man likes his soup.  Hot.  Tasty.  And homemade. 

My criteria?  It’s gotta be easy to make.  So here’s my recipe for a good ol’ bowl of home cooked chowda.  Potatoes + Corn + Cream + Butter + Thyme = Yum. 

I made this again last night.  Oh boy is it good. 

Your thighs won’t thank you.  Your stomach will. 

 

potato chowder

Recipe: Easy Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Crumble

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Gourmet Spotlight: Onion Transformed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Perhaps it was the decadent menu at Bouchon, or perhaps it was the crisp morning autumn air.  Or perhaps it’s just the color caramel itself.  But all of a sudden I was craving French Onion Soup.  Oh.  Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur Keller.  Soupe à l’Oignon. 

Now you know I love a good transformation.  Especially one where a raw bland object with hidden potential gets transformed into sweet and sassy goodness.  And I’m a sucker for a great before and after.  It must be why I love how a yellow onion becomes the most savory gourmet delight in an hour. 

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I have a serious love affair with caramelized onions.  I could eat them on my scrambled eggs, over potatoes, on steaks, over flatbread, and always with cheese. Glorious oozing melting cheese.  They are one of those culinary delights that make a germ sensitive mom like me lick her fingers without any regret.

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And with my caramelized onions, I make the most fabulous French Onion Soup.

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