Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday—I spent yesterday watching about 7 inches of snow fall from the sky, and more to come, which is why I found it necessary to buy new boots to add to my collection of about 15 pairs..I know,
crazy a little excessive.
Last week on Tuesday I taught my monthly cooking class to the community as you might remember me saying. I had such a fun group of people show up! They were eager to learn and loved participating and interacting. I usually have one person help out with each recipe to keep everyone feeling as if they contributed to the end results!
This month’s class was called “A Cup of Comfort” due to the fact that Minnesota winters can chill to the bone, and soup is a mainstay November-March! And who doesn’t want to add fun and fresh new recipes to their line up of soups?
Here’s the recipe books I prepared for the students…
- Farm Rich Mini Philly Cheesesteak Appetizers
- Homemade bread bowls
- Homemade tortilla bowls
- Pumpkin bowls
- Taco Soup
- Minestrone with Pesto
- Ginger-Pumpkin Soup
- Roasted Vegetable Chicken-Rosemary Soup
Setting up all the tasting bowls…
I teach in the Home-Ec room, so I have the convenience of using up to 7 kitchens, but I only used 2 this time around!
First up were the appetizers courtesy (for free) of Farm Rich. It’s their newest line of frozen appetizers, the Mini Philly Cheese Steaks: "Savory steak, grilled onions, and 100% real, white American cheese in a crispy crust makes for a yummy snack or quick meal any time.”
Review: I really enjoyed the ease of just opening the bag, taking the sandwiches out, and baking for about 18 minutes. Everyone asked if they were homemade, so if you’re looking for a convenience item with a homemade charm, this is it!
- Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a stockpot.
- To serve, top with sour cream, cheese, and green onions.
- 2 can(s) (15-ounce) pumpkin puree
- 3 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) chicken broth
- 1 can(s) (11 1/2-ounce) pear nectar, I used 11 1/2 oz pear juice
- 1/3 cup(s) creamy peanut butter, we all agreed chunky would be great too
- 2 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) grated fresh ginger root
- 2 tablespoon(s) finely chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cayenne pepper
- Toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
- Chopped chives (optional)
- In a 6-quart saucepan, combine pumpkin puree, chicken broth, and pear nectar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes.
- In a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with chopping blade, process 1 cup pumpkin mixture with peanut butter until smooth. Return to saucepan with the remaining pumpkin mixture. Add garlic, ginger root, green onion, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook 10 minutes over medium heat.
- Divide soup among soup plates and garnish with pumpkin seeds and chives, if desired. Serve immediately.
Minestrone With Pesto
- 8 ounce(s) dried Great Northern beans, about 1 1/3 cups
- 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 stalk(s) celery, sliced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 ounce(s) pancetta or bacon, sliced, diced
- 1 pound(s) redpotatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 medium (8 ounces each) zucchini, each cut lengthwise into quarters, then crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 medium (1 pound) head savoy cabbage, sliced to equal 4 cups
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed with garlic press
- 2 can(s) (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth, (or 3 1/2 cups homemade chicken broth)
- 1 can(s) (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
Roasted Vegetable-Rosemary Chicken Soup
- 1 cup (1-inch) cubed carrot
- 1 cup (1-inch) cubed onion
- 1 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup (1-inch) pieces celery
- 1 cup (1-inch) pieces red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 cups uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; drizzle with oil, and toss well to coat. Arrange vegetable mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan lined with foil. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
- Combine water and next 5 ingredients (through chicken) in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add roasted vegetables; simmer 30 minutes. Bring soup to a boil. Add pasta; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Homemade Bread Bowls
- 1 Loaf Rhodes ™ Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
- 1 egg
Cut loaf into thirds. Form each third into a ball. If using rolls combine 4 rolls to make a ball. Repeat with remaining rolls.
Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush with egg.
Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool and slice off top. Hollow out bread and fill with favorite dip, chili or soup.
Tortilla bowl recipe here.
See you all on Thanksgiving!!!!
What soup do you think you would like best?