Category Archives: Soup

Less tomato Chili -canned goods

My mother sent up a ton of canned goods. Tonight was the first time use any of them. I was a little nervous how the ground beef was going to taste. It is really good and that is the reason why there is beef in this chili. (sorry danielle) This is the first time in a very long time that I put beef in my chili, normally its vegetarian. Sometimes I add bacon or chicken.

I don’t really like the taste of tomatoes, so this chili I decided to add less. Instead of tomato sauce I used chicken broth that my mom sent up. I was a little nervous while it was cooking because it was not as red as it normally is. I loved how it turned out. Again, I don’t like tomatoes so I still need another taste tester. Also, it looked a little funny because I was really hungry, so I just shoved everything into the food processor and not all of it came out a pretty as it normally does.

Ingredients Serves about 6 people?

– 2 small onions, chopped

-1 package of mushrooms, chopped

– 2 large red peppers, chopped

-1 green pepper, chopped

– 1 jalapeno, chopped I forgot this in mine 😦

– Jar of beef

– 2 cans of black beans

– 1 can pinto beans

– 1 jat kidney beans

– one med jar of chicken broth

– 3 big scoops of pre minced garlic

– salt, pepper


1. Chop veggies. Saute.

2. Add the rest if the ingredients.

-my mother’s jared goods, Beef, tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans

3. Cook about 20 mins.

My Dinner


Danielle made broccoli potato soup


It’s a bit more green than when I make it but was still really good. Again, the emersion blender would have been helpful. Ok that is the last time I am going to whine about it.

Irish stew

Ben made Irish stew and it was so good. I plan on making this again. The sauce had guinness beer and prunes. Also, the potatoes were mashed and on the side.









Chili- Cathe don’t give a F what you like

So, I was annoyed the other day, and I decided I was going to do something for my self. I decided to make chili made exactly how I wanted, seriously this was the first time ever that I made chili that I didn’t leave something out for someone. I call it Cathe don’t give a fuck what you like, sorry for the language but that was the kinda mood I was in. It was wonderful and I am looking forward to left overs, which I have a lot of since I am the only one who ate.

3-4 portions of beans, 1 can= 1/3 dry
-1/3 cup dry red beans
-1/3 cup dry pinto beans
-2/3 cup black beans
I like using canned beans more, that way you can just make food on a whim
-1 package of mushrooms, chopped
-1 medium onion, chopped
-2 red peppers, chopped
-1 green pepper, chopped
-1 Serrano pepper, chopped
-1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1 in pieces
-1 or 2 jars of sauce

1. Skip if using canned beans. I started soaking beans in the morning and then cooked them on low heat for a hour. Then set aside.

2. Cook bacon, remove from pan. Drain most of fat, leaving just enough to grease bottom of pan.

3. Chopped veggies

4. Saute

5.Added bacon, beans and sauce. Cook about 20 min.

My dinner

And with some cheese

Portabella Mushroom Burger w/ Chili topping

For Fourth of July it was just Danielle, Bryan and I. We made an amazing dinner before we went out and watched the fire works. We made Portobello mushroom burgers with veggie chili topping and avocado spread. Very messy but really good, I will for sure be making this again. We also had Corn on the cob and Mashed potato and for dessert Bryan made strawberry soup. I got the mushroom burger idea from Rachel Rays:365 meals Cook book.

Serving= six people


6 portobello mushrooms
6 Buns
shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1 avocado
1 lime
1 large onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, cut in half circles
1 small jalapeno, diced into small pieces
1 can of black beans
1 or 1/2 can of refried beans – I forgot to buy refried beans so I used 1/2 cup of dehydrated refried beans
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of light beer or veggie stock


1. season portabella mushrooms and added spray with pam, sprinkle half a lime on mushrooms, I sprinkled them with salt, onion salt, crushed garlic and chili powder.

2. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes

3. In a large pan Saute Onion, red pepper, zucchini and jalapeno

4. Add black beans, tomatoes and beer. Try not to add too much beer.

5. If to watery remove some liquid, you can always add it back in.

6. Add refried beans to thicken it up.

7. While the chili is cooking, cut avocado, mash with half a lime and place in refrigerator.

8. Make your burger 🙂

Bryan eating a lime, gross

– We also made Corn on the cob

and mashed potatoes, potatoes before I mashed them,

Mashing the potatoes

Bryan also made a yummy strawberry soup, here is a picture of it before it was blended

and after

Our Dinner

Split pea soup


1 lb of dry split peas
2 carrots -chopped
3 small potatoes -chopped
2 small onions -chopped
8 cups of water
half a spoonful of minced garlic
Seasonings- garlic, onion, salt and pepper

– I also like to add Ham or a ham bone


1. Add every thing to the pot and cook for about 1 hour 🙂

Gongzi’s Wonton soup

The other night Gongzi made a yummy meal that I am excited to make for myself someday soon. I really like this soup because Ben also thinks it is good. Some times it is hard to find meals that Ben and I will both like. Ben has quite a few foods that he does not like, including beans, onions, fruit to name a few.

Here are a few pictures of the making of this dinner.

Broccoli potato soup

This soup is one of our favorites, it is a yummy easy to make comfort food.

1 onion
2-3 potatoes about 1 inch to 1/2 inch cubes
(the smaller you cut them the less time you need to cook the soup)
2-3 Broccoli florets – frozen or fresh, chopped about 1 pieces

1. Chop and Saute onion
– You can use small, medium or large onion, I like using a large one but I used a small one because Ben does not like onion
– Also I spray the pan with PAM, I try not to use or or butter in my recipes

2. While the onion is sauteing, chop equal parts broccoli and potato
I used 3 potatoes and 3 broccoli florets

3. Added broccoli and potatoes to onions, add just enough water to cover soup or with just a little uncovered, soup with condense as it is cooking

-add seasonings to your liking, I add garlic salt or powder, onion salt or powder, salt and pepper
4. cook for about 20-30 mins, until potatoes easily break when you put a fork though it. They will also be one color when they are fully cooked.
5. Remove a lot of extra water, you can always add some water back in
I save this water to use in soups in the future, this is basicly veggie stock

6.blend soup to your liking
– If you did not take enough water out and the soup is runnier that you would like, you can added instant mashed potatoes.

I use my immersion blender but you can use a normal blender, be careful to not burn your self. It is a good idea to let it sit for a few minute to let it cool.
7. Add toppings if you would like and enjoy 🙂

Our dinners – Fish and broccoli potato soup


I love making chili because you can put whatever you want in it and it always taste great.

Basic ingredients: (you can put whatever sounds good to you)

1-3 cans of mushrooms
– I like to add a handful of frozen mushrooms instead
1 medium chopped onion
1-2 Serrano peppers
– I like to add 2 peppers, one with seeds and one without
2-3 cans of beans
– black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans
1-3 bell peppers, chopped
– I like to have one green, and 2 colored ones
1-2 can of stewed tomatoes or dice tomatoes
1-2 cans of pasta sauce (enough to cover everything)

Sometimes I will grill up some chicken and add that also.

Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream

1. Saute onion, mushrooms and peppers. I spray the pan with Pam.
2. Add everything else. Including seasonings, Garlic salt, onion salt, pepper, anything else that sounds good.
3. Heat up and then cook on low heat for about 30-45 min.