Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Since the snow keeps falling...and falling...and falling, I think sharing my new favorite soup recipe (from "Soup's On!") is in order. I love that it's SO easy and reminds me of Olive Garden's version. Add crusty bread and you're set.

2 packages Alfredo sauce mix
3 c. milk
14 oz. chicken broth
1/4 c. butter
1-2 t. parsley flakes
2 t. garlic powder
2-3 c. cooked chicken (or shred rotisserie chicken)
16 oz. package gnocchi (in pasta aisle)
1 c. chopped spinach (I add more)
salt, pepper to taste

Stir together sauce mix, milk, broth, butter, parsley, and garlic powder in pot over medium-high heat.
When it gently boils, add chicken and gnocchi and cook 4 minutes or till gnocchi is tender. Simmer and add spinach and seasoning. Can thin with milk or broth if too thick.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alpine Food Storage

So, this is not exactly a recipe, but in case you don't know about this resource nearby...


It's a fun place to find cheap bulk foods, spices, and food storage items. Chirine, the woman who runs this great place out of her garage, is really great at answering any questions about long-term storage. You can also receive free emails about newly arrived stock and sale items.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My favorite hobby

I  LOVE to cook. Here's one of my favorite dinner recipes...what's yours?

Chicken Coconut Kurma

2 yellow onions cut in long shreds
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 6 oz. can tomato sauce or 1 cup cooked tomatoes
2 (13 oz.)  cans coconut milk
6 oz. or one half can water
1 Tablespoon curry pwd.
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 Tblsp.  sea salt
1 tsp. fennel seeds
3 Tblsp. shredded coconut
pinch of basil
 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut up (optional)
cooked rice
cashews or almonds

Saute onion (there appears to be a lot) and garlic in olive oil till golden.  Add tomato sauce and simmer 5 min.  Remove 2 cups of this mixture and puree it with the rest of the ingredients in a blender.  Pour back into pan with remaining onion mixture and simmer all together for 1 hour.  Add in diced raw chicken just before simmering if you want chicken. Add cashews just before serving over rice.