Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I promise to post about our Thanksgiving extravaganza soon, but tonight, my sicky-poo soup. I've had a fever for the past few days, along with a lovely fever blister on my lip, (which means a lot of mouth flapping and chewing is no fun,) plus a mighty sore throat and a bit of a sniffle. So now that I'm home and my test is taken- a few days of R&R is just what the nursing student ordered. I made a vat o' veggie soup and have about 30 hours of television to watch. This soup is fast, easy, and has 100% of your vitamins A & C. The red pepper opens your sinuses and the garlic helps promote good digestion. All in all, an ideal sicky-poo meal.

1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 t hot red pepper flakes
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 C chicken or veggie broth
1 can white beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced stewed tomatoes
1 small bag frozen green beans
1 small bag frozen sweet corn
healthy dashes of sea salt and cracked pepper

In a large soup pot, swirl a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Heat to medium-high heat and add onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, carrots, and celery. Sautee for about 10 minutes, then add broth, beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Once it reaches a simmer, reduce the heat and stir in frozen corn and beans. Heat to serving temperature. Per serving: 220 calories, 5.5g fat (0g sat), 7g pro, 7g fiber. Makes 6 hefty bowls.

Grab your tissues and your remote!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Jamie & Krysten's Thanksgiving Feast

There will be pictures and recipes tomorrow, but for now.... the menu:

First off, we're not having turkey. Brad is marinating and smoking a large slab of beef brisket... maybe nontraditional, but YUM~ Anyway, no one ever accused either Jamie or Krysten of being conventional, now did they, hmmm?

Krysten's friend Stephanie is bringing the relish tray, and she promised a trip to the olive store; the mere thought thrills me to the core.

The goods: stuffed mushrooms, cornbread-n-biscuit stuffing (even though it's technically "dressing" since we are not putting it in a bird; how Southern are we?), fried okra, creamed corn, garlicky green beans, roasted cauliflower, homemade cranberry sauce, and for dessert: pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pralines, and buttermilk chess pie.


Happy Thanksgiving!