A Snow Day – Recipe: Tomato Soup

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It sleeted yesterday.

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And, then it snowed.

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I was getting lunch prepared, and I got a call from my mom, “Tell the kids to look outside.  It is sleeting.”  We ran to watch.

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A few minutes later, I want to sample my sister’s queso, and as I was walking back home, we saw a big snow flake fall.  I walked in our back door and said, “It is starting to snow!”  That took the excitement level up a notch.

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I started taking pictures, and Sean started throwing on jackets, hats, and shoes.  Before I knew it, there was one then two then three then four then five littles in my backyard.  Yes, my nieces could not resist joining in on the fun, too.

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With the weather we have been having, we all knew that this might be our only winter day.  And, because of that, yes, we let Summer, the one who was a sweet, sick little angel on Saturday, play in two 5-minute intervals.  We did not want her to miss out on the fun.

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The snow/sleet fun only lasted for about 30 minutes, but that is all that it took to fill up their winter fun memory bank.  They jumped on the trampoline, ran around the yard, and slid down the slide.  It was good, perfect, wonderful fun.  It was a brief moment in time that created a huge, happy memory for my littles.

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While we did not have this soup to warm up our bellies yesterday, it truly would have been the perfect weather for it.  I made it last week on a day that I wanted something simple but good.  After seeing Bev share her delicious Roasted Tomato Soup recipe and Robyn share her Tomato Soup recipe, I was inspired to come up with one of my own.  All I can say is that it was just what my taste buds ordered.  I made grilled cheese sandwiches with Lia’s Garlic Spread and Nonna’s homemade sourdough bread.  Yes, it was all simple, but it was absolutely one of my favorite meals.  Simple is good.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Ingredients

3 gloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

48 ounces chicken stock

2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce (I used Muir Glen's tomato sauce. I am typically not brand-loyal to many things, but I do believe that they make the best canned tomato products, in my opinion.)

2 tablespoons whipping cream

Ground black pepper, to taste

Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a stock pot, and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic.
  3. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and tomato sauce.
  5. Sprinkle in some ground black pepper and kosher salt.
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium or medium low heat.
  7. Pour in the whipping cream and cook for another 5 minutes over low to medium low heat.
  8. Taste and add extra ground black pepper and/or kosher salt, according to your taste preference.
  9. Sprinkle with a small amount or parsley, and serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/13/a-snow-day-recipe-tomato-soup/

Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at A Southern Fairytale, Cooking with Karyn, Delightfully Dowling, Skip to My Lou, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Make Ahead Meals, Frugal Antics and Add a Pinch.

Let It Snow! – Recipe: Chicken Corn Chowder

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We finally have a truly cold day, and we are loving it.  The only thing that would make it better is being cuddled up by the fire all day…and maybe a little snow to go with it.  But, I will definitely take the cold day because we will be cuddled up by the fire later tonight watching a family movie.  And, it will be great.

In our area of Texas, snow is definitely rare.  Since we have had some the past two years, the littles just assume that we will get more this year.  Given the warmer temperatures and lack of any moisture, I am doubting it just a little.  But, that will not stop us from asking for a white Christmas, just as we do every single year.

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Because, when it snows, it just creates more ways to make memories – snow ball fights, snow men, hot chocolate, snow ice cream.  Yes, when it only happens once a year, there is a lot to fit into one day.  It is special, and it is fun.  It is all about the little things.

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And, it is a given that those cold days will end with a bowl of hot soup.  When I found this soup over at Add a Pinch, I just knew that it would be in my cold weather menu rotation.  Actually, who am I kidding?  I am a soup for all seasons girl, and I know that we will be having many more bowls of yummy soup, even if we do not get the snow or the freezing temperatures.  We will make our own fall and winter, and it will be great, regardless of the weather.

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If you love Southern cooking, you need to check out Robyn’s blog – Add a Pinch.  Simply amazing, mouth-watering recipes.  When I found the soup, I kept looking and discovered many other wonderful recipes, as well.  While I did alter the chowder recipe, it was not because it did not seem absolutely perfect just the way that it was.  I just changed things up according to what I had available in my pantry and refrigerator.  And, it turned out so delicious.  It is definitely a keeper…and I will look forward to having it again when we get that first snow day.  And, if we don’t…well…we will just find those unicorns and rainbows somewhere else.

Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients

2 bone-in chicken breasts

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup carrots, chopped

1/4 cup celery, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

5 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 10 ounce package frozen corn

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper

Paprika, to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in crockpot. Fill with water. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder (This is in addition to the amounts listed above - I just generously sprinkled into the water and onto the chicken). Cook on high for 6 hours. Move the chicken to a cutting board. Strain the broth - it should yield about 8-10 cups.
  2. Saute the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and jalapeno in a large pot until soft.
  3. Add the chicken broth and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  4. Combine milk and flour in a measuring cup and stir well. Add to chowder.
  5. While the broth and vegetable mixture is coming to a boil, shred the chicken.
  6. Add the chicken and frozen corn to the broth.
  7. Cover pot with lid and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes.
  8. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with paprika, and serve.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/11/03/let-it-snow-recipe-chicken-corn-chowder/

Enjoy!

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I have shared this recipe at Dine & Dish, A Little Nosh, A Glimpse Inside Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Fireflies and Jellybeans, A Creative Princess, Delightful Order, and It’s a Keeper.