We are expected to get a snow storm over the weekend and that means SOUP!
I hope to have both pressure cookers going most of the weekend making Chicken Bone Broth and a vegan version with just herbs and veggies.
Besides shoveling I will enjoy some of my January 2019 Wish List there will be lots of hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace, and a walk in the snow.
I am simplifying my holiday decorations and plan to spend some of this long weekend going through some of the Christmas and Valentines decorations. Today I am dropping off a load of things I have already sorted and decided to donate. Then off to a grocery store or two to pick up the ingredients for the multiple batches of soup.
I have started buying dried beans and making them in my pressure cooker. For the black beans for the quinoa soup I put about 2 cups of beans in the pressure cooker and covered them with water about two inches above the beans. I then cooked them for 25 minutes on high pressure. I let it depressurize for 30 minutes then spooned then out into mason jars and covered them with the cooking liquid.
Making the Chili helped me check one thing off my January 2019 Wish List. And the rest of the black beans will be made into brownies!
Tomato Soup and grilled cheese was one of my favorite lunches (and sometimes dinner) as a child. And something I still like to make for my family even though I can’t partake anymore.
Tomatoes are readily available year round and are easy to grow in a garden or pot on your patio. I alway grow tomatoes in my garden even now that I can’t eat them. A garden doesn’t feel complete without at least a few tomato plants.
I have been making Tomato Soup by roasting the vegetables for a few years now and it is alway good. I’ve used every type of tomato and many combinations of herbs. Roasting everything together in the oven gives the vegetables a nice depth of flavor.
Enjoy this soup with some toast, grilled cheese or the current favorite in my house hold quesadillas.
The end of May always is full of endings and beginnings. So many of the school year activities are ending while summer activities are beginning. The schedule seems to be topsy-turvy very day with extra events and tasks. Keeping my online calendar up to date and making lists help me keep things going smoothly.
What I’m cooking…..
I’m cooking things that are fast and easy. We’ve been having a lot of bone broth with noodles and fast breakfast food. All the extra events and long nights mean you need an immune boost, be sure to be taking your vitamins and supplements and a lunch or dinner of bone broth will help.
What I’m organizing….
Chicago weather, one day it’s the hight of summer and the next we are back to fall. I’m putting all our winter outerwear in bins and donating anything that is too small. Now if I could find all the PAIRS of gloves.
In the garden…..
I’ve been spending time weeding, and hauling compost and mulch to the garden. I have a few areas ready to plant and bought some seedlings and seeds. I hope to get them in the ground soon. I bought more of my favorites lemon balm and lovage!
If you have read my blog you know I make bone broth almost weekly. As a gift to myself I bought an 8 quart pressure cooker. Today I will do a test run with some rice for lunch. I can’t wait to make my first batch of bone broth tomorrow.
I could make a batch of chicken bone broth a week and it still would t be enough for my household. I had been using freezer bags but was loosing one or two bags full a month when thawing them out in the fridge.
The last two batches I made I froze in Ball jars with plastic lids. What a game changer. Getting the soup into the jars was not as messy as trying to get it in the freezer bags. The one going to remember is you do need to make sure they are room temp before putting them in the freezer. Both batches have worked great!
Do you have a favorite way to freeze your homemade broth? -SB