Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tasty Tuesday Creamy Chicken Soup

I found a great recipe recently from the Cookie Rookie blog for some Creamy Chicken Soup. I love creamy, thick soups and that recipe looked too good not to try. So I gave it a culinary whirl the other day and, as I imagined, it was quite yumtastic

That's Not Even a Word

And because I loved the soup to such a degree that I started spouting non-words in blog posts, I decided I should share the recipe with my favorite people too. Hint: I mean YOU.

Image Source: ReservationsatDorsia

Now I did modify the recipe just a wee bit. Their recipe called for wine, which I omitted. I also left out the turmeric, and I swapped dehydrated onion for the yellow onion--and I used granulated garlic instead of garlic powder, and frozen diced chicken instead of rotisserie. But this soup was so good in the end, so those omissions didn't hurt it at all. You could always add them in if you wanted, of course.

So anyhoots. How about that recipe?

For the Roux (to thicken your soup--make this first)
  • 4 TBSP Flour
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Butter - unsalted
Make the roux by heating the oil and butter in a small pot, then sprinkle the flour on top. Whisk it together until the flour is fully absorbed and the roux turns almost golden. Then take it off the heat and set aside while starting with your other ingredients in a dutch oven or large pot.

  • 2 TBSP butter - unsalted
  • 2 TBSP Olive OIl
  • 4 stalks Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 sweet Yellow Onion - diced (or whatever onion you prefer, or even shallots)
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock or broth
  • 3½ Cups Milk or cream or half & half (I used milk)
  • 2 TBSP Chicken Bouillon granules
  • 1 TSP fresh cracked Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Dried Parsley or 2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1½ TSP Herbs of Provence
  • ¼ TSP Granulated Garlic (or minced--add more if you like)
  • 3 Cups cubed Chicken - frozen, rotisserie, or leftover
  • Shredded Gruyere Cheese
  1. Start by making the roux.
  2. Chop the vegetables and set them aside until ready to saute.
  3. In a Dutch oven, saute the vegetables in the olive oil and butter until softened. Cook the carrots and celery first, then add the onions when the veggies are almost tender.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients including the roux, stir well.
  5. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the soup thickens to the desired consistency--stirring frequently so that the soup can't burn.
  6. If you need to thicken the soup, mix together some cornstarch with milk or cold water  and then stir it into the soup.
  7. Remove the bay leaves.
  8. Pour soup into bowls and then sprinkle with shredded Gruyere cheese. 
It may look something like this...

Creamy Chicken Soup Tinalicious

And after you've eaten it, you may look something like this...

Friends Monica Yum Gif
    Bon appetit!

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    WTF Wednesday Fanny Packin

    Thanks to my friend, Lori for finding and sharing this on FB. It's perfect for your WTF Wednesday.

    Fanny Packin

    I can't believe that guy still wears a fanny pack!

    We do not approve reaction gif

    Monday, September 28, 2015

    Things I Learned While I was 48

    Well it's that time of year of again. You know, the day in which I honor the awe and wonder that is the 28th day of September. Also known as the day of my birth. Yep.

    It's My Birthday Gif

    And due to my wildly popular Best Things I Learned While I was 47 post last year, I thought I'd try to capitalize on a post format that worked so well last year, and bring that same glorious magic to my 48th year of living on planet earth as well. Predictability is highly underrated. Just sayin.

    I know you're a-tingle with anticipation. So let's get right to it, shall we?

    As always, in no particular order, here's what I learned over the past 365 days...

    • Alcoholic Root Beer tastes like Root Beer. With alcohol in it. 
    • The only thing worse than my Obamacare health insurance payments is having the stomach flu and vomiting multiple times in one day. But it was almost too close to call.
    • It is possible to plan an entire wedding in two months without going completely insane.
    • Testosterone causes objects to become invisible to men when they're looking for them--even when they're right in front them. 
    • Conversely, estrogen gives women the power to find things that are completely invisible to men.
    • Taking your daughter and granddaughter to see Cinderella is almost as magical as the movie itself.
    • No one is quite as hot as Richard Madden as the King of the North. Except maybe Richard Madden as Prince Charming. 
    Prince Charming Richard Madden

    • Snagajob always seems to have amazeballs careers waiting for me. You know, like selling Avon, or working at Taco Bell. 
    • It's OK if the Hubs wants to sleep with a college student. As long as it's me.
    • The easiest way to piss someone off is to reply 'K' to a paragraph-long text.
    • The best Dance Party is the Carlton Dance Party.
    • I have so much in common with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (We all eat at Subway sometimes, so yeah, it counts.)
    • KFC's recent 'Colonel' commercials are just creepy enough to make me NOT want to eat at KFC. 
    • The only thing worse than KFC's 'Colonel' commercials are Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercials. Newsflash, Lincoln execs: if you wanna sell Lincolns, it's not that difficult.
    Matthew McConaughey Stetson

    • I stop taking anyone seriously as soon as they use the word, 'Supposably.'
    • I'm pretty sure rocket science is far less complicated than getting the seal off of my bottle of International Delight creamer.
    • If the power's going to go out during a storm, it will be the same day you just went to the grocery store and your frig is crammed full of food.
    • I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain...
    • I'm glad I don't have to draw on my eyebrows every day, because at this point in my life I'm sure I'd forget to do that.
    • My need for bifocals became clear the moment I tried to pick up a wad of hair off the carpet. And it was a centipede.
    • Closing your eyes while you eat a candy bar makes it lose its calories. I read that on the Internet so I know it's true.
    Finally, now that my birthday is nearing its end, I'm just sitting here waiting for my birthday dessert to arrive.

    Ian Birthday Cake

    Can I Have Him Reaction Gif

    The cake would be awesome too.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    The Carton Dance Party

    You know, most some days you don't feel like doing anything. But then on other days, you just have an uncontrollable, indescribable, unexpected desire...for a Dance Party

    Don't pretend like you don't know what I'm talking about it. I know you need it too sometimes.

    So to help you quench that inexplicable foot-tapping, booty-shaking thirst, I'm bringing to you something spectacular: The Carlton Dance Party.

    The Carlton Dance Party Gif

    Dang, that brings back some Fresh Prince of Bel Air-style nostalgia, doesn't it? And doesn't Carlton know how to work that Michael Jackson 'Beat It' jacket?! A hee hee.

    MJ Laugh Gif

    But wait. There's more! I just happened to come across a video from last March of The Graham Norton Show. The video features Will Smith, his son, and none other than our man Carlton (aka Alfonso Rebeiro) doing The Carlton. It was pure Heaven, folks.

    I know, I know. I'm easily amused. But if you were ever a fan of Alfonso, the Fresh Prince, or just The Carlton, you gotta see it for yourself.

    Now wasn't that glorious?! Don'tcha just feel like dancing? But if not--if by some chance you're not a fan of The Carlton, or perhaps you'd rather just go back to what you were doing and pretend like you didn't see a thing...

    Will Smith Flash

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    WTF Wednesday - Cake Fail

    So what happens when a little girl requests a birthday cake from a local grocery store bakery, one that she wants to look like a doll in a dress?

    Fail Volcano Cake

    WTF, man?! You had one job. Now see what you've done.

    Make it Stop

    On the plus side, at least it gave me something for your WTF Wednesday post. :)