cabbage soup
Soups, Super Sides, Vegging Out

Creamy Cabbage Soup

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Sometimes it’s hard being the only one in a family of four who actually enjoys food – all kinds of food. If it’s edible, I’m willing to try it – except if it has eyeballs. I leave those types of things alone. At any rate, I don’t consider myself to be at all picky, but I live with three very picky (and somewhat unpredictable) eaters. They won’t touch a lot of things I want to fix, so I end up having to eat it all myself (and most of the time, that’s just fine with me).

Take, for example, the other day when I wanted to try out a recipe for potato salad slaw I found in one of my husband’s grandmother’s old cookbooks. I bought a head of cabbage, my husband took one look at it, and wrinkled his nose in distaste. Now, keep in mind, I know for a fact this guy does eat slaw (I also know he doesn’t eat potato salad, but this potato salad recipe didn’t have anything in it he wouldn’t eat, so I thought it was worth a try). Silly me! He just shook his head and said, “I’ve never met a potato salad I liked, and I don’t think I’ll like this one.” I love that man. I really do, but oh that comment made me so mad!

I had a head of cabbage I had to do something with, so I decided to cook it up with some bacon and cheddar cheese. That’s the Southern way to do it, you know. Everything’s better with bacon and cheese. But I found that I had a lot of chopped cabbage, and since I knew I was the only one who was going to be eating it (my girls took one look and ran out of the room), I thought I might vary the cabbage cooking a bit. That’s where this creamy cabbage soup comes in. It doesn’t have bacon or cheese, but it’s every bit as delicious as my old standby cooked cabbage recipe. Here’s how to make it:

Creamy Cabbage Soup
Recipe Type: Main
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
This creamy cabbage soup recipe is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. It’s an excellent alternative to traditionally cooked cabbage, and it can even be altered to make it a vegetarian dish.
Ingredients
  • ½ chopped medium green cabbage (about 12 ounces, total)
  • 2 ounces of butter
  • 2 chopped leeks
  • 1 potato, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable or bone broth)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano flakes
Instructions
  1. Chop half the green cabbage up into small cubes.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring about 2 inches of lightly salted water to a boil and add the cabbage cubes
  3. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the chopped leeks gently for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Add the sliced potato and cook for another few minutes.
  7. Pour in the broth, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Pour the cabbage and the liquid into the potato and leek mixture.
  9. Cook everything for another 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Remove pan from heat, and add the milk and oregano.
  11. Stir well, cover, and set aside for about 15 minutes.
  12. Pour half the soup into a blender, and blend gently for about 30 seconds.
  13. Return the blended portion to the saucepan and stir thoroughly.
  14. Heat on medium low heat until heated through.
  15. Serve immediately with bread or crackers.

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

 

acorn squash recipe
Super Sides, Vegging Out

Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

stuffed acorn squash

I recently went on a field trip to Huber’s with my younger daughter’s preschool class, where I got to enjoy some of the delicious apple butter that inspired my own Kentucky Apple Butter recipe. I was also introduced to something I’d never heard of before – acorn squash. I’m a big fan of regular summer squash, so when I heard about acorn squash I was naturally curious to try it.

Turns out, this yummy vegetable is sweeter than summer squash, so it has more of a glycemic load, but it’s very nutritious in its own right. It has very little saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C.

Stuffed Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: Main
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 17 mins
Serves: 2 servings
This is a delicious apple-stuffed squash recipe that makes an excellent side or main dish.
Ingredients
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 – 3 apples, sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and strings.
  2. Add ½ inch of water into a microwavable casserole dish, and place the two halves face down.
  3. Microwave on High (Power Level: 10) for about 4 minutes.
  4. Place the apple slices in a large bowl, and stir in the brown sugar.
  5. Turn the squash halves over and fill with the apple mixture.
  6. Top with the butter, nutmeg, and salt.
  7. Cover with wax paper and microwave on High for 3 more minutes.

Cutting the squash and scooping out the insides is a pretty messy business – not unlike carving a pumpkin – but it’s absolutely worth it. I made this as a side dish along with some baked chicken, but you could easily serve this as a main dish with a fresh green salad. It’s an excellent way to celebrate the tastes of the season.

Screenshot 2020-03-22 at 2.05.23 PM

Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

potato casserole
Super Sides, Vegging Out

Bacon and Potato Casserole

bacon and potato casserole.pngCasseroles are the ultimate comfort food, and they’re especially yummy when they include potatoes, cheese, and bacon. This loaded potato casserole recipe can be cooked up in no time in the microwave, and the easy prep makes this a perfect main course for a busy week night. Alternatively, you can serve it as a hearty side item along with ham or beef steaks.

Bacon and Potato Casserole
Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 4
Loaded baked potatoes are wildly popular for one very good reason – they’re yummy! This easy microwavable casserole puts all those flavors together to make a meal that’s sure to be a family pleaser.
Ingredients
  • 4 medium potatoes, either peeled or unpeeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 pound bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Spray a microwavable casserole dish with Pam cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the diced potatoes on the bottom of the dish.
  3. Sprinkle the rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper evenly over the top.
  4. Stir slightly to combine.
  5. Layer bacon and cheese over the top.
  6. Bake for 17-19 minutes on high heat (Power Level 10) until potatoes are tender and bacon is crisp.

I don’t peel my potatoes because I like the skins, and I always appreciate cutting down on the prep time. But some people don’t like eating potato skins, and this recipe is just as good without them, so that’s completely your call.

I don’t serve this dish as often as I would like to because I have one very picky eater (my husband) in my household who doesn’t like cheese. The kids and I love it though, and if you don’t have any family members who hate cheese (or one of these other ingredients), I’m sure this will be a hit. I’ve found it also goes really well at potlucks and church suppers.

I’d love to know what your family and friends think about it, so leave a comment and let me know if you try it.

Screenshot 2020-03-22 at 2.05.23 PM

Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

natural skin care
Cooking Healthy Food, Super Sides, Vegging Out

Six Cool Folk Remedy Uses for Potatoes

folk remedies potatoes

For National Potato Month, I thought it would be fun to post an informative post about potatoes. I thought about publishing something on the history of the potato. But then my husband shared a tip with me he read the other day about using Vicks VapoRub to treat mosquito bites, and that got me thinking about folk remedies…which naturally led me to thinking about folk remedy uses for the potato. So, I started doing some research, and here’s what I found out.

Potatoes

1. A powerful natural treatment for many health problems

Instead of just tossing out the water you boil your potatoes in for salad, you should consider drinking it. I know, that sounds totally gross, but it really might be the best thing for you, especially if you suffer from certain ailments, like:

  • ulcers
  • heartburn
  • upper body spasms
  • sprains
  • gout
  • sciatica

Drinking potato juice can also help you flush out toxins from your body. If the idea of drinking straight potato juice sounds too gross to bear, you can add a little bit of apple or carrot juice to make it more palatable.

potato juice

2. A natural cure for headaches

I’ve never tried this, but now that I know about it, I’m going to do it the next time I get a headache (I get them all the time!). Cut a raw potato in half and put each half on a temple. Gently rub the potato halves against your temples until the pain goes away.

3. An inexpensive natural beauty treatment

  • Use the insides of potato peels to remove your eye makeup.
  • Reduce dark circles under your eyes by placing cut potato over them for about 5 to 10 minutes every morning.
  • Wash your face daily with potato juice to prevent wrinkles.
  • Cut a potato in half and put the cut side against your skin to reduce the appearance of acne.
  • Rub a piece of cut potato on your sunburned skin for immediate relief. Potatoes are supposed to work even better than aloe vera for sunburn!
  • Got a wart? Potatoes will take care of those too. Just cut the potato and rub it against the wart every day until the pesky thing is gone.

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4. A natural, non-habit-forming sleep aid

Potatoes help you sleep somewhat indirectly. They prevent stomach acids from disturbing your sleep at night. Just eat a boiled or mashed potato with milk before bed to have a peaceful, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

5. A natural berry and beet stain remover

Is there anything harder to get out than beet or berry stains? I haven’t seen anything yet – well, exceopt for maybe red Kool-Aid. But a peeled raw potato provides a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to get rid of these stubborn stains. All you do is take the potato and rub it against the stain until it disappears.

6. A natural glue remover

You know when you’re working on a craft project, and you get glue all over your hands (or is that just me)? You can use raw potato to remove glue or any other sticky substance from your hands – even chewing gum!

Who knew potatoes were so magical? I didn’t. I just know I love to eat them. And now I think I might eat them more often!

 

Screenshot 2020-03-22 at 2.05.23 PM

Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.