Friday, April 9, 2010

Fully Loaded {Soup}

There's nothing like a good bowl of soup on a snowy day and this winter I set out in search of just that. Typically my winter staple is Chicken Tortilla Soup, but things changed in 2010 and I fell in love with Creamy Baked Potato Soup. Every time potato soup was listed as  soup of the day I just  had to have it. The craving became so bad one night I decided to tackle it at home and went to my trusty Cooking Light  cookbook. The rest was history.  If you are looking for a good hearty soup for those cold wintery nights I can rest assure  you will not go wrong with a good creamy potato soup!

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups soup, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon)

Ingredients

  • 4  baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2/3  cup  all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces)
  • 6  cups  2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3/4  cup  chopped green onions, divided
  • 6  bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.
Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
329 (30% from fat)
Fat:
10.8g (sat 5.9g,mono 3.5g,poly 0.7g)
Protein:
13.6g
Carbohydrate:
44.5g
Fiber:
2.8g
Cholesterol:
38mg
Iron:
1.1mg
Sodium:
587mg
Calcium:
407mg

The end result, and it tasted soooo good!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Apple Crisp, Anyone?

Always in a craving for something sweet tonight I decided to make an Apple Crisp, plus I had tons of apples which needed to be used not to mention vanilla ice cream. Not already having a favorite recipe I went to the world wide web in search. After reviewing a few different recipes I decided on one from AllRecipes.com.  It's baking in the oven as I'm typing and the sweet smell of sugary apples has already started to fill the air. Hmmmmm can't wait!


Ingredients

  • 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
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  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 322 | Total Fat: 8.5g | Cholesterol: 21mg

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Knotty Knitter {Stellar Knits}

I'm a crafty one when it comes to yarn and decided this past winter to try and make a go at selling my hand crafted beanies and scarf’s. So far they've been a big hit. I even decided to go as far at donating a few each week to Riva Grill to raffle off during Fish Taco Friday. I came up with a name {Stellar Knits} and a Facebook Fan Page to promote the product. Next on the agenda: website, logo, tags to sew on the goods, and a business license might be nice. The goal is to have beanies being sold in local boutique’s by next winter.



{Spring Line}

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stella & Roxy

Last week Nick and I did a quick So Cal turn-around hitting Long Beach and Carlsbad. We saw tons of old friends and family. One night was spent with old friends Jenn & Nick. They too have a puppy, well Stella is a year now. Before we were even in the door Roxy and Stella were going at it. Jenn let her hair down and the girls wrestled in the living room. At one point we were able to calm them down long enough for Nick to snap the shot below. Needless to say both dogs slept very well that night! Until next time…