Archive for January, 2015

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Serves: 2-4

Time: 30 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cheese Taster

So yesterday I made my best ever French onion soup. My current favorite, up until last night’s has been Panera’s because theirs is really good, but I’ve never managed to master it at home. Everything I tried just tasted “off” in comparison. This time I think I’ve nailed it.

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Serves: 3-4

Time: 20 mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Cheese

These mashed potatoes are rich and lumpy. They do not taste like glue as is so often that case with over beaten mashed potatoes. I like lumps so I use slightly less milk, but you can add smoothness by adding milk and mashing a bit more. My secret weapon for these, as it is so often in cooking, is sour cream. It makes for rich, decadent mashed potatoes, which are the best kind (and really, even mashed potatoes on a good day have a ton of butter so is sour cream really making things that much worse? You be the judge. It’s not like these were ever health food and I find I use less butter and whole milk if I use sour cream.) Right so, like so many sides there are a dozen versions of mashed potatoes that I make. The below is the most common and one that my kids will generally eat.

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Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1 hr(ish)

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cornbread Tester

Stuffing! Yum Okay so file this one under recipes I totally should have published earlier. I mean, Thanksgiving and Christmas go by without a stuffing recipe. It seems wrong somehow, doesn’t it, particularly as those are really the only times of year I think to make stuffing. That’s a pity because stuffing, just on its own as a side is still really, really good even if there is no bird in sight. I tend to make my white bread stuffing for Thanksgiving (because it is our traditional go to stuffing) and this stuffing, below whenever I have leftover cornbread, which given that we love corn bread and this is a great recipe for it, we rarely have it’s true.

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Greek Lentil (Fakes) Soup

Greek Lentil (Fakes) Soup

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hr(ish)

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Carrot Stick Taster

The advantages to this soup, other than the taste and price of ingredients, are the fact that I almost always have the ingredients on hand to make it and that it’s probably the healthiest soup that I make. The only fat comes from olive oil and everything else is good veggies and fiber. I buy lentils occasionally and they keep indefinitely. Carrots, potatoes and canned tomatoes I almost always have on hand so it makes for a good lunch when I have the hour to let it all simmer down.

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Plum Cake

Plum Cake

Serves: 5-6

Time: About 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Plum Picker

So this is my favorite cake and I am not one to say that lightly because I love cake and am generally not fussy as to what kind This is damn good cake. Like seriously good. It’s a combination of a coffee cake, with its notes of cinnamon and butter and a jam filled cake with its wonderful layer of rich plums.

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