TOMATO CHEDDAR DUMPLINGS

TOMATO CHEDDAR DUMPLINGS
SAUCE
2 green onions, minced
1 SMALL stalk celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
2-15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet.
  • Add onion and celery, sauteing until soft.
  • Add flour, stirring to combine.
  • Add tomatoes and sugar, blending well.
  • Season with salt and pepper, bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

DUMPLINGS
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons COLD butter, diced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup milk

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  • Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
  • Add cheese.
  • Stir in milk until JUST moist.
  • Drop by tablespoons into simmering tomato sauce.
  • Cover and simmer, undisturbed, 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

CLASSIC CLAM CHOWDER

CLASSIC CLAM CHOWDER
2-10 ounce cans BUMBLE BEE whole baby clams
1-8 ounce bottle clam juice
1 cup white wine
3 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
½ LARGE red onion, diced small
2 stalks celery, diced small
8 slices bacon, chopped small
¼ cup chopped Italian leaf Parsley
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3 LARGE gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 ½ cups half-and-half
2 green onions, sliced thin

  • In a large dutch oven, melt butter over medium high heat.
  • Cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add onions, celery and half of Parsley, sauteing until soft.
  • Add flour and blend well.
  • Strain clams, reserving juice.
  • Add clam juices, white wine and chicken stock, blending well.
  • Bring to a LOW SLOW boil. Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add potatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender and soup has thickened to desired consistency.
  • Add clams.
  • Stir in half-and-half, simmering 5-10 minutes until clams are heated through.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Garnish with reserved Parsley, green onions and bacon.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 46 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING everyone.  Happy Monday!  I can’t believe how quickly time seems to fly at this time of year!  I hope you had a blessed and productive week full of family time and fun.  I got quite a bit accomplished and saw some great football (The Chiefs and Titans game was one of the best I’ve seen all season) and NASCAR too. 

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING

I follow 2 different weather pages and rarely do they agree so I usually figure it will just be somewhere in between 😀  Every now and then they come within a couple degrees of agreeing.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE We’re back to food not being a not so friendly.  So, hot water and baby food it is for breakfast.

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS FYI Christmas is only 44 days away!  Are you ready? 😀

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… pretty neat, just a little tidying to do
  • YARD… not a single thing!
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… Hubby and I both have several this week 😀 that will make a TO DO list difficult as they are in the middle of the days
  • BLOG… My goal is to get caught up on BLOGEMBER that I’ve fallen behind on, work on some BLOGMAS posts that can be done ahead of time and finish a couple recipes that I’ve been updating… 
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… Hoping to get to the Bowling Pin snowmen, but they will probably wait until after Thanksgiving because I started a Christmas Card Tower that I need to get painted before the weather gets too cold

ON MY MIND I’m worried about hubby and his upcoming interaction with his youngest sister over Thanksgiving.  I know he intends to keep it civil, but she is so far over the line about her dealings with their parents passing, settling affairs and the celebration of Life that I’m afraid it will come to a major fight and legal action to straighten it out so it’s fair for all 5 kids.  Unfortunately, no one wants to stand up to her and will just allow her to “screw” them all to avoid the unpleasantness 🙁  We could use prayers that things go smoothly.

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The DVR is getting a bit backed up and we need to get caught up on quite a few shows and movies. Some of the favorite shows this year are:

  • CRIME, POLICE & MEDICAL Shows – Chicago Series (Medical, FIRE and Police), Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, FBI, NCIS, NCIS LA, NCIS NOLA, All Rise, Bluff City Law, The Resident, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor, Stumptown, The Rookie, Madam Secretary, Bull, 911, Emergence, Seal Team
  • COMEDIES & FAMILY – Young Sheldon, The Good Place, The Unicorn, American Housewife, GOD Friended me
  • REALITY – The Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars

We rented a couple Red Box movies over the weekend that were pretty good:

INSPIRATION & A FUNNY

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – CLAM CHOWDER & SALAD with BLEU CHEESE YOGURT DRESSING
TUESDAY – PORK CHOPS & SCALLOPED POTATOES with SALAD
WEDNESDAY – C.O.R.N.
THURSDAY – CHICKEN FRANCAISE & CORN PUDDING
FRIDAY – CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER CHICKEN SOUP & PULL APART ROLLS
SATURDAY – GARLIC LIME CHICKEN, GLAZED CARROTS & SALAD
SUNDAY – C.O.R.N.

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES WITH LINKS FROM LAST WEEK OR TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK

  • CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER CHICKEN SOUP
  • CLASSIC CLAM CHOWDER
  • GOLDEN PILLOW ROLLS
  • PICKLED BEETS
  • CHICKEN & GREEN CHILE COBBLER
  • ORANGE TERIYAKI CHICKEN

 

CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER CHICKEN SOUP

CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER CHICKEN SOUP
3 pounds small hot house tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
avocado oil
½ red onion
¼ cup chopped parsley
3 cups diced rotisserie chicken
3 tablespoons caramelized balsamic vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
½ cup half and half
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
Crumbled bacon for garnish

  • Halve and seed red pepper.
  • Holding pepper with tongs roast pepper halves over burner flame. Set aside to cool.
  • Small dice the red onion.
  • Small dice the red pepper.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Cut an X in the bottom of each tomato.
  • Add tomatoes to boiling water and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 2 minutes or until skins break.
  • Using a slotted spoon immediately transfer tomatoes to ice water.
  • When cool enough to handle, peel the skins off and place tomatoes in a bowl.
  • In a small stock pot heat avocado oil.
  • Add onion, cooking a minute or so to soften.
  • Add red pepper and cook 2-3 minutes until soft and oil is absorbed.
  • Add parsley.
  • Using an immersion blender, cream tomatoes.
  • Add tomatoes to pan, stirring to blend well.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add vinegar and chicken broth, blending well. Cook 5-10 minutes.
  • Add half and half, stirring to blend.
  • Fold in chicken pieces.
  • Add butter, stirring until melted and blended well.

GREEN CHILE CHICKEN COBBLER

This is one of those recipes that I cut out of a magazine and then never got around too, but also kept changing it LOL 😀 before I ever even made it.  When I finally got around to making it EVERYONE loved it!!!

GREEN CHILE CHICKEN COBBLER
TOPPING
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup powdered Parmesan cheese
¼ cup FRESH grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons COLD butter, cut into small cubes
scant ½ cup heavy cream

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a sheet of foil and LIGHTLY spray with non-stick spray.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and powdered Parmesan cheese.
  • Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
  • Cut in grated Parmesan cheese until well distributed.
  • Crumble mixture into a layer on the foil.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to 350°.
  • Spray 9×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

CASSEROLE
3 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
½ cup Daisy sour cream
10 ounce can green enchilada sauce
1 can cream of Campbell’s chicken herb soup *
1 LARGE bunch green onions, chopped small
8 ounces chopped green chiles, only slightly drained
3 cups chopped or shredded rotisseries chicken pieces
2 cups grated Mexican cheese combo (pepper jack and cheddar), divided 1 ½ + ½

  • Whisk together the cream cheese and sour cream.
  • Add in enchilada sauce, soup and green chiles blending until well incorporated.
  • Fold in onions and chicken pieces until well distributed.
  • Transfer baking dish.
  • Top with 1 ½ cups of the cheese.
  • Toss the other ½ cup of cheese with the cooled topping mixture and sprinkle on top of baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes until heated through and bubbling.

NOTE: Soup Substitute recipe can be found here.

BLOGEMBER – DAY 7 – FAVORITE PIE

You would think this was an easy category.  Traditionally I make a pumpkin or caramel apple cheesecake with homemade caramel sauce, BUT I don’t think I’d call this my “FAVORITE”.

 

When I was a kid there was always at least 3 choices, almost always the same choices, apple, pumpkin and mincemeat.  As a kid I ALWAYS chose apple.  I’m still not a mincemeat fan, but I have acquired a liking for pumpkin.

BLOGEMBER – DAY 6 – SENSE DESCRIPTIONS

So, I’m playing catch up.  BUT, I am determined to get ALL of BLOGEMBER accomplished.  Today’s prompt is to describe Thanksgiving using your five senses.

  • SIGHT – For me Thanksgiving starts with the first sign of Fall.  I LOVE the trees changing color as the season begins.  The yellows, oranges, reds, and even the brown colors of the leaves and the season get me in the mood for pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, yams, stuffing and turkeys.  Ironically, this is the time of year here that the wild turkeys seem to be more obvious along the roadways.
  • HEARING – Thanksgiving is hearing a house full of family and friends munching on appetizers, football games on the tv with armchair quarterbacking going on, cooks in the kitchen preparing the turkey and side dishes.  Oh and the desserts!
  • TASTE -LOL this is almost a redundant category.  My mouth waters at the thought of traditional recipes being prepared for Thanksgiving like a juicy turkey, daddy’s cornbread stuffing, glazed carrots, apple pie, green bean casserole, etc…
  • SMELL – Smell and taste really go hand in hand.  I always have a pot of cinnamon, oranges and cloves simmering for the aroma and the moisture in the air as well as candles in fall “flavors” burning.
  • FEEL – This doesn’t have to be a sensory or tactile “feel” for me.  Sometimes the “feel” is what is inside – the drive to help those in need; coats and blankets for the homeless or food for the food pantry because I feel empathy or the desire to bake special recipes friends and family.  Feel could also relate to the warmth of the a cozy blanket or a roaring fire.

BLOGEMBER – DAY 4 – ON THANKSGIVING , IT’S TRADITIONAL FOR MY FAMILY TO…

ON THANKSGIVING, IT’S TRADITIONAL FOR MY FAMILY TO… start the day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while we eat a scrumptious brunch – usually a casserole I prepared the day before while I was prepping the sides, desserts and turkey.  I start the gravy base on low and let it simmer.

At some point the football games begin and the aromas start filling the house and senses triggering the mouthwatering desire to eat ourselves into a coma.   These days with my health issues dinner is done in stages throughout the entire day.  As the family gets farther and farther apart in miles, Thanksgiving gets smaller and smaller, which is actually okay with us.  

Whenever possible we watch Miracle on 34th street after dinner to kick off the Holiday season.  During the movie I begin the Christmas cards and start planning for Christmas.

The day after we avoid leaving the house like the plague!  We do start the Christmas decorating and package wrapping while chomping down on turkey sandwiches with homemade cranberry relish on extra sourdough bread or leftover dressing and gravy.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 45 of 2019

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GOOD MORNING sweet friends.  I hope you all had a GREAT week and safe Halloween.  Our Halloween was a bit quieter than previous years, but the little ones had the cutest costumes.  It was another of those weeks that just flew by for me and I didn’t get my entire list accomplished. I’ll reorganize, reprioratize and try to get it finished this week 😀

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE  Normally at this time of year we are a bit dreary.  I don’t know what happened this year – maybe it was the early COLD snap or something, but it has been a perfect fall – COOL, CRISP and CLEAR.  This week is supposed to be the same, but a bit warmer day and night before the gray, rainy days look like they’ll be reappearing. 

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Banana with caramelized balsamic vinegar and hot water

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY, LIVING AREAS & KITCHEN… looking good
  • YARD… all set for the winter
  • APPOINTMENTS & TO DO… hubby has a couple and I have a nail appointment
  • BLOG… BLOGEMBER posts, a few recipes and some crafts coming up
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… Bowling Pin snowman family and Christmas card tower

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY So far I have kept up with BLOGEMBER posts and finished strong on BLOGTOBER too.

I wish they’d just leave Daylight savings time alone! Go back to the way God intended and make life just a little less confusing 😀

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, I LIKE OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH/SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED The DVR is mostly clear of our normal shows we watch and we saw a couple of Red Box movies:

  • 10 MINUTES GONE
  • CRAWL

I’M READING SWAMP SANTA by Jana DeLeon, part of the Miss Fortune series.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA Unfortunately this week I didn’t do anything except food photos 🙁

INSPIRATION & A FUNNY

BTW it’s only 51 days until Christmas 😀

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY – TERIYAKI ORANGE CHICKEN on the grill & SALAD with homemade 1000 ISLAND with PICKLED BEETS
TUESDAY – C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY – BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATLOAF & SALAD
THURSDAY – CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN with MASHED POTATOES & PEPPERED GRAVY
FRIDAY – WINTER PORK ROAST with ROASTED CARROTS & SALAD
SATURDAY – CHICKEN & GREEN CHILE COBBLER & SALAD 
SUNDAY – C.O.R.N.

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR NEXT WEEK

  • PICKLED BEETS
  • CHICKEN & GREEN CHILE COBBLER
  • ORANGE TERIYAKI CHICKEN

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

BLOGEMBER – DAY 3 – 5 THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR

  1.  My biggest blessing is that I’m cancer free for almost 9 years now.  I’ve been thrown a multitude of other health issues to struggle through, but I wake up EVERY single day blessed to try and get past any new issues.
  2. I’m thankful that despite all the health issues and other road blocks that have been thrown our way I’m able to maintain my positive attitude and outlook.
  3. I’m thankful for my husband who has stood by my side through EVERYTHING.  My health has put us to the test of our wedding vows and through it all he has truly been my knight in shining armor.
  4. I’m thankful that my family is safe from all the fires that have been raging in California where 95% of them live.
  5. I’m thankful that the weather looks like it will be beautiful for the drive to the wedding next weekend. 😀

BLOGEMBER – DAY 2 – FAVORITE THANKSGIVING MEMORIES

There are sooooo many memories, but one of my favorite memories actually revolves around some not so fun (at the time) events. 

This memory has different perceptions on the root cause of the issue, but the end event is what I remember most and cherish. 😀 I was super young so I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things.  Thanksgiving was going to be at our house.  Lots of prep was going on in our tiny kitchen.  The table was set.  The appetizers were arranged in the living room.  The turkey was basting perfectly.  The side dishes were baking and steaming.  Desserts were ready.  The grandparents, aunts and uncles were all on their way.  AND then the unimaginable happened – the garbage disposal backed up!  Not your every day back up, but the oozy black sludge kind that won’t go away!  The kind that prevents you from using the kitchen sink until a plumber arrives.  This was also before cell phones so there was no way to stop the travelers from first arriving at our house.  Many were coming from long distances.

My grandparents only lived 3 blocks away.  The decision was made to move the day to their house, but ALL the food was at our house.  Ultimately, my grandfather brought over their station wagon and laid all the seats flat (one of the better features of an old Chevy tank).  My dad put down a blanket and my uncle and I climbed in.  All the food was then arranged around us so we could try and stabilize it on the ride over to grams and gramps. 

I don’t remember now if anything was too cold or even too warm, but I do remember that in the end we still had a fun Thanksgiving at grams and gramps house with the whole family and there was a HUGE mess to clean up the next day at our house 😀

BLOGEMBER – DAY 1 – THE BEST THING ABOUT THANKSGIVING

I came up with a new way to keep my momentum on posting regularly.  Here’s my list for the first half of November.  I ended up choosing BOLGEMBER because the “ember” part made me think about a burning fire and harvest colors.

This is a tough category because there are SO MANY items, but I’ll narrow it down a bit.

  • BEING THANKFUL – I know it sounds cliche, but it truly is one of my favorite things about thanksgiving.  For one, it’s a non-religious holiday that is the most inclusive of our culture.  If you’re American, it is assumed that you celebrate Thanksgiving.  Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, along with holding feasts to celebrate a harvest, are both practices that long predate the European settlement America.  While Thanksgiving as we know it has adapted to fit what we like and shows very little resemblance to the original American Thanksgiving, the reason for it still exists.  It is the one holiday that is NOT really commercialized and is only about spending time with family and friends!
  • FRIENDS & FAMILY – MEMORIES – When I was a kid, most things were closed on Thanksgiving.  You’d find an occasional store open for last minute things like milk, bread and butter to put the finishing touches on your big dinner day, but for the most part EVERYTHING was closed and the day was spent at home with family and friends, eating yourself into comas, playing or watching football…
  • FALL SEASON – Since it is primarily a harvest celebration, the timing of the season is GORGEOUS!  The reds, oranges, yellows and ultimately browns of the leaves falling and the grasses dying for the season lend their “hands” to the gorgeous display of color.
  • AMAZING FOOD – When I was a kid my dad would start the prep days before for the BIG day.  He made the most amazing turkey and cornbread stuffing!  Over the years I have recreated his stuffing to my own Sourdough Herb version and added my own homemade cranberry relish to replace the canned stuff.  Personally, I’m not fond of the canned relish, but my son will eat nothing but! LOL 😀  The desserts used to be traditional pumpkin, apple and mincemeat pies, but I have adapted these also to add some homemade apple bread pudding, “regular” bread pudding (recipe below) and baked pineapple.  The gravy is still dad’s recipe minus the giblets. 😀  I see I need to get a few new pictures this year to update my recipes.

  • OFFICIAL START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON – I have to start the day with the Macy’s parade while I’m bustling around the kitchen!  It is a tradition I’ve never grown out of.  It is also okay to officially start watching Christmas movies, though truth be told I do year round thanks to Hallmark 😀  There are also a handful of Harvest festivals and craft fairs to attend.