Broccoli & Potato Cheese Soup: A Loaded Soup

Nonna combined two of her favorite soup’s to make this delicious potato, broccoli, and cheese soup. There are several different seasonings and ingredients that could be used to make this dish fit your favorite tastes.

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Broccoli & Potato Cheese Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 large brown potatoes (peeled and chopped). (See Note 1)
  • 4 Fresh Garlic Cloves (you will have to mince them or use already minced garlic).
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Butter
  • 3 tbsp AP Flour
  • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt
  • 16ish ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 16ish ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Broccoli Heads (broken apart)
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) Chicken Broth
  • 6 pieces (strips) cooked bacon (chopped up)
  • See Note 2 for a few alternate seasonings suggestions

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a pot.
  2. Add AP Flour. Use a low heat.
  3. Stir the flour and butter. Do not let it burn.
  4. Add some chicken broth is the mixture is too dry
  5. Add the onion and garlic. Mix.
  6. When the onion pieces are translucent, add chicken broth
  7. Add chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10ish minutes. See Note 3.
  8. Add seasonings. How much is up to you. It is all about the taste test!
  9. Add Broccoli. Simmer for 10 mins.
  10. Add 16ish ounces heavy whipping cream. Stir. Add more if you want the soup creamier.
  11. Add 16ish ounces cheddar cheese and the bacon chunks
  12. Stir the soup until the cheese melts
  13. Taste test. Add spices and/or more cheese as you desire.
  14. If you want the broth thicker, mix 1 tbsp AP flour with 1 cup water. Mix thoroughly so there are no lumps. Then slowly add the mixture to the soup stirring as you go. Continue to simmer the soup, and it will thicken.
  15. Serve with some sour cream on top

Note 1: Amounts listed above are estimates. If you want, you can add more or less broccoli and potatoes.

Note 2: Here is a list of alternative spices that will go well with the soup. Dried tarragon, Chopped Cilantro, Salt, Black Pepper. You could, also, add celery, carrots, and/or sliced mushrooms. If you like it spicy, you could use Tony Characere’s or Slap ya Mama cajun seasonings. Jacobsen Salt Company has some deliciously flavored salt that you might like.

Note 3: If you boil the potatoes for too long, the potatoes will get mushy. The goal is just to get them soft.


Valentine’s Meal, Nonna Style!

Nonna ordered an Omaha Steak Valentine’s Package for Valentines. The meal was easy to prepare and down right delicious!

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Valentine's Meal, Nonna Style!

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Several things are being cooked and prepped together. The most difficult part is timing everything to be ready at once. Each item is EASY to cook.
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Ingredients

  • Omaha Valentine’s Day Special (came with 2 steaks, 1 package large shrimp, 1 cheese cake and 2 hash browns servings) – (See Notes 1 & 5)
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves (you will have to mince them or use already minced garlic).
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Butter
  • Lemon Juice
  • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub (Steaks Only)
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt (Shrimp Only)
  • See Note 2 for a few alternate seasonings suggestions

Directions

  1. Sprinkle Dan Pastorini’s Garlic & Herb seasonings & his Texas style Rub, and Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings on the steaks. (both sides).
  2. Heat a frying pan or grill – needs to be HOT to sear.
  3. Put 2 tbsp butter in frying pan or on a grill once it is hot.
  4. Immediately following the butter, put the steaks on top of the butter.
  5. Sear steak for 1.5 minutes, turn steak 45° and sear 1.5 minutes.
  6. Flip steak and repeat step 3 above.
  7. Place both steaks in a pre-heated oven (400°F) for 5ish minutes or until steak meets your desires (rare, medium-rare, well done…) (See Note 3)
  8. “Tent” the steaks (cover with aluminum foil) and let sit for 10ish minutes.
  9. In a different frying pan, add 1/4 cup butter and garlic.
  10. Melt butter and brown garlic over a medium heat (don’t forget to mince the garlic cloves first)
  11. Add peeled shrimp (See Note 4)
  12. Add Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings, Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings, and Jacobsen Garlic Salt.
  13. Sprinkle some lemon juice over the shrimp.
  14. Flip the shrimp once when they turn white.
  15. Shrimp will cook quickly. When it is white on both remove from heat. Shrimp tastes rubbery when over cooked.

Note 1: Omaha Valentine’s Day Special (came with the cheese cake and the hash browns). Just search the interwebs (internet) using “Omaha Steaks.”

Note 2: Here is a list of alternative spices for the steak and shrimp: Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasonings, Slap Your Mama Cajun Seasonings, Salt & Pepper, Lemon Salt (shrimp only), Lemon Pepper Seasonings (shrimp only), Garlic Salt (shrimp only), Capers (shrimp only). You could also marinate the steaks before cooking or serve with your favorite steak sauce, but that is for another recipe/video.

Note 3: Nonna didn’t pay as much attention to oven time as she did to the steak’s core temperature. She aimed for 130°F-140°F. She removed the steaks from the oven at 140°F and “tented” or covered with aluminum foil for 10 mins (because Nono said so 🙂 ).

Note 4: You can turn the burner up, but watch the shrimp carefully as they will cook fast.

Note 5: Follow the directions on the package for cooking the hash browns.


Shredded Pork & Chili Pod Red Sauce

In this video, we pulled out the recipe for the pork filling we used in tamales and quesadillas. It is delicious and freezes beautifully so you can make a ton for later.

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Shredded Port & Chili Pod Red Sauce

  • Servings: A Family
  • Difficulty: Several parts to the recipe, but none are difficult.
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Ingredients

    Shredded Pork

  • 10 lb Pork Butt
  • 1 cup minced garlic
  • 1 very large onion quartered
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
  • Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Place the pork butt, garlic, onion, cumin, ghost chili salt and water in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low overnight (10ish hours). (See Note 1)
  3. Let meat cook and then shred with a fork. Meat should just fall apart.
  4. Coat frying pan or pot with olive oil and heat.
  5. With a low burner (simmer), add shredded pork to the pan or pot.
  6. Add red sauce (you can add more or less as you prefer). Mix sauce thoroughly with pork.
  7. Simmer 5-10ish minutes. Basically heat the meat and sauce together while letting any excess water evaporate.

Ingredients

    Chili Pod Red Sauce

  • Pack of dried Chili Pods
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Remove chili pods stems and seeds.
  2. Place chili pods in a pot and fill with water.
  3. Bring pods to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer until chili pods are soft and moist.
  4. Put chili pods into a blender.
  5. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper to the blender.
  6. Add 1 cup of water (preferably from the original pot) to the blender
  7. Blend until smooth (See Note 2).

Note 1: You can actually eat the meat at this point. However, it tastes better if you add the chili pod red sauce!

Note 2: As the chili pods will be hot, remove the center piece on the blender lid to keep the sauce from expanding quickly out of the blender! (exploding)


Fire Place Cat Fish

In this video I continue my series of food for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse by making delicious fish and veggies in the fire place. Please check out the whole play list. The whole alligator is one of my favorites. Recipe is below!

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Fire Place Cat Fish

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup minced garlic
  • 2 fillets (cat fish or any white fish fillet)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium to small baking potatoes (See Note 1)
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt
  • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
  • 1/2 cup goat butter
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Spinach leaves (1 package)
  • sliced mushrooms (1 package)

Directions

  1. Start a fire. You will want hot coals and not so much a flame.
  2. Peel and chop or slice yellow squash and zucchini.
  3. Peel and chop baking potato.
  4. Place 1 potato, 1/2 squash, 1/2 zucchini, and 2 tbsp butter on sheet of aluminum foil
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of onion and 1/4 cup of garlic over the veggies.
  6. Season the squash and zucchini with the seasons listed above or your favorite spices.
  7. Enclose the ingredients in the foil and place the foil in the fireplace hot coals. Make sure the food is NOT exposed. The veggies will take about 20 mins to cook.
  8. Place fish fillet on an aluminum foil sheet.
  9. Add 1/4 cup onion and 1/4 cup garlic over the fish.
  10. Season with the seasonings above or your favorite spices.
  11. Add mushrooms and spinach leaves (as much or as little as you like)
  12. Sprinkle lemon juice over the fish and ingredients.
  13. Enclose the ingredients in the foil and place the foil in the fireplace hot coals. Make sure the food is NOT exposed. The fish will take about 15 mins to cook. (See Note 2)

Note 1: Potatoes are optional. If you want a keto meal, simply don’t add it.

Note 2: The larger the fillet the more time needed to cook it. The smaller or thinner the fillet, the less time needed to cook it. You will have to check it to make sure it is cooked through.

Note 3: If the fish or veggies are not cooked through when you open the packet, simply close it back up and put back in the coals!

Note4: One tin foil package per person.


Chicken & Dumplings

When we first did this delicious southern comfort food we had just gotten a microphone and didn’t have lights. It is such an amazing dish that Editor General Aunt Winkie and I thought we should re- do it using all the awesome new skills and equipment we have acquired over the last year or so.

Written recipe is forthcoming (one would think Aunt Winkie would get this out on time!!!!)

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Super Bowl Snackage: Better than Cocktail Weenies!

One last Super Bowl Snack Recommendation. This is a simple and quick recipe and makes for a great treat. Nonna made these boneless ribs in the Instant Pot.

This is a very basic recipe. As such there is not written recipe. The steps Nonna took are as follows:

1. Brown the ribs with an onion and garlic. You can brown them using the sauté feature in the instant pot. However, Nonna used a skillet on the stove top.
2. Season the ribs with your favorite spices. Nonna used Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub and Garlic and Herb Seasoning and Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings. You can marinate the ribs in your favorite BBQ sauce over night if you desire. Seasonings is really up to you in this recipe.
3. Place ribs in the instant pot (on a rack).
4. Add 1 cup beef broth and additional spices (optional). Nonna added some hot sauce.
5. Cook meat in your instant pot. Use meat stew setting. Nonna set time for 15 minutes and depressurized it. However, you should check your multi-cooker’s instruction for cooking times.
6. Cut ribs into bite size chunks and serve!

The intention was to put all three keto friendly party snacks in one video, but Editor General Aunt Winkie made an artistic decision to put these in three different videos. 

There are 3 videos to the Super Bowl Snack Series. 7 Layer Dip, Crab Dip, and Boneless Ribs!

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Crab Dip – Just in time for the Super Bowl!

Click here for the written recipe.

The intention was to put all three keto friendly party snacks in one video, but Editor General Aunt Winkie made an artistic decision to put these in three different videos. 

Sunday 1/26 we will post the deliciousness what I substitute for those nasty cocktail weenies.

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