Archive for March, 2012

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

March 10, 2012

1/2 cup butter
1 finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 pound fresh sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used pheasant), cooked and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup dry sherry
2 cups half-and-half

Note to self: if you double the recipe it still fits in the large spaghetti pan but not in the crock pot. Also, if left in the crock pot on low the roux will break.


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery and carrots and saute for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute for 2 more minutes. Then add the flour and stir well. Gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly, until all has been added. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer.

Next, add the rice, chicken, salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground black pepper, almonds and sherry. Allow to heat through, then pour in the half-and-half. Let simmer for 1 to 2 hours. (Note: Do not boil or your roux will break.)

Adapted from:


Laundry Soap

March 10, 2012

1 year of laundry soap for less than $20. Use 1 T per load.

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1 4 lb 12oz box Borax, found in the detergent isle

1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz), found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (or Pink Zote)

3.5 lbs Oxy Clean, found in the detergent isle (optional)


Tools: Garbage bag, 5 gal bucket, container for your detergent and a spoon for it that’s the appropriate size.

Instructions: use the grater on your food processor for the bars of Fels Naptha. After theyre all grated, put the blade in to make it as close to powder as you can. Add that with the rest of the ingredients into the garbage bag in the 5 lb bucket. Stir as best you can and put into your container.

Note to self: this makes a cup or so more than what fits in the container. Have another small container on hand!

Will update with how long this lasts for our average of 5 loads of laundry per week.



March 3, 2012

3 ripe pears, peeled and chopped (cored of course)
1cup vodka
1/4 cup vermouth
3 limes worth of juice
1 cup sugar, 1 cup water simple syrup

Purée in a food processor and shake into a martini glass. Makes 2 martinis. Garnish with a slice of pear.

Goes well with pork, chicken…

From giada’s show on food network