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The Week After Thanksgiving

I boiled the turkey carcass Thursday night to start Turkey Soup and not have the leftover turkey taking up 1/3 of my refrigerator. So, for this week, Turkey Soup is a must... no recipe... just veggies and either noodles or rice.

It must be a week for soup:

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup
Food Network Magazine Oct 2011

2 TB extra-virgin olive oil
1 Medium onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups half-and-half
1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1/3 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1-1/3 cups)
Croutons for topping (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, half-and-half, both potatoes, bay leaf, 2 cups water, 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile put the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl; add 3 TB water and season with salt. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes; drain.

3. When the potatoes are tender, remove the bay leaf from the soup and transfer the soup to a blender. Puree until smooth, leaving the filler cap slightly open to let steam escape (or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender). Return the soup to the pot and thin with water, if necessary. Return to a simmer over medium-low heat; stir in the broccoli and season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with croutons, if desired.

Tofu and Mushroom Soup

Soak 1 pkg. dried shitake mushrooms for 1/2 hour.

In wok, soak 4 oz. rice noodles for about 3 minutes, drain and set aside.

Brown 1 pkg. cubed firm tofu in oil (peanut and sesame), add about 1 TB fresh grated ginger and about 2 cloves minced garlic, sauté for a few minutes.

Add 32 oz. chicken broth. While bringing to a simmer, add about 2 cups chopped Napa Cabbage and chopped reconstituted shitake mushrooms. Simmer until cabbage is cooked and soft.

Add 2-3 TB soy sauce and noodles to soup. Ladle into bowls and top with chopped green onions and cilantro.

Savannah Tailgater Chili
Food Network Magazine Oct 2011

3 TB extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground beef
Kosher sale and freshly ground pepper
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chili powder, plus more to taste
2 tsp. dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3 15-oz. cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
1 10-oz. bag frozen corn kernels
Sour Cream, for serving
Grated cheddar cheese, for serving

1. Heat 2 TB olice oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown the ground beef, breaking it up with a fork, until cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes. Season the beef with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a paper towel-lined plate.

2. Heat the remaining 1 TB olive oil in the pot. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, and cumin and cook for 1 minute.

3. Return the beef to the pot. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, 1-1/2 cups water and 2 tsp. salt. Simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Taste and add more chili powder, if desired.

4. Ladle the chili into serving bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.

Jun. 28th, 2010

Missed a few posts, missed a few days of doing schoolwork.

I have one chapter left in Public Speaking, plus extra reading and two papers to write... oh, and the speech...

Thought I would finish the Foundations of Success class tonight, but am having technical difficulties... one more assignment as soon as I can get into the databases and then the exam... I would have liked to accomplished something.

Need to get motivated on Statistics.

EDIT: Looked at past post... I emailed my teacher a month ago about access to database problem.


I got no schoolwork done yesterday... had 2nd job interview... talked about disappointment in possible pay for possible job with two friends... went to super-walmart for holiday weekend food... got home after 7pm... cooked dinner... watched friend on Let's Make a Deal and watched Glee... took long, hot bath... was going to read, but went to bed instead...


Finished reading Chapter 6 (Foundations for Success)... did assignments... read profiles of my professors to get to know them better (better late than never)... e-mailed teacher about scheduling chat (yes, an assignment) and about a password reset for a future assignment, and since this last chapter was about developing positive online relationships, I replied to an e-mail from my Speech Professor...

Hopefully, more to come from today...

Back to School... Back to LJ

Been back to school for a few months, but as the clock pushes forward, I remembered that it is sometimes helpful to log daily progress (you know who you are).

I meant to start this yesterday, so yesterday:

Worked on Foundations of Success class... finished reading Chapter 3, did exercise, turned it in... read Chapter 4, did exercise, turned it in... read Chapter 5... fell asleep...


Worked on Foundations of Success class... did two exercises for Chapter 5... wrote Time Management Paper... turned it in... read about half of Chapter 6...

Perseids Meteor Shower

A hold-over interest from my Astronomy class:


And tonight, the Perseids Meteor shower peaks between 2:00 & 4:00 AM EDT. Look up! and try and catch a glimpse of a shooting star. The Perseids are meteors that occur every August as Earth passes through the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Left-behind debris hits our atmosphere and creates dazzling shooting stars.

First Entry

I have started this journal as a way of keeping track of school and learning any additional information along the way. I am taking a few weeks off after finishing up last semester.

My first dilema is deciding how many classes to take. Hopefully I will make a decision this week.



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