Thursday, November 19, 2015

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

When we had a cold spell last week and decided to make up my own version of chicken soup.  All three kids gobbled it up.  We only had one bowl of leftovers!! 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 container of Mirapoux
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
7-8 cups chicken broth
1tbsp thyme
1 tbsp oregano
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
3 cups of half & half
juice from 2 lemons
8 oz orzo, cooked
In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add Mirapoux and cook for 10-15 minutes or until onion has softened.  Add garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.  Add chicken, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and broth.  Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Add lemon juice.  In separate pot, melt butter and add flour to make a roux.  Add half & half slowly stirring constantly.  When thickened,  add to soup.  Add cooked orzo.  Simmer to let all flavors combine.  Serve with Parmesan Crostini.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

This has been a family favorite recipe in my family for years.  I won our Pawley's Island Family Cooking Contest one year with this recipe.  And in my family of chefs, that is a big accomplishment! We like ours with shrimp but you leave the shrimp out to make these vegetarian.  Some people like tofu in these but I have never tried that personally.

Summer Rolls
Rice Paper Rolls, softened in warm water according to directions
Rice Noodles, cooked according to directions 
Medium Shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined {optional}
Cucumbers, sliced into 2 inch strips
Shredded Carrots
Thai Basil Leaves
Mint Leaves
Bean Sprouts {optional}

Lay rice paper wrapper on damp paper towel.  In the center of wrapper place all of your ingredients.  Roll up like a burrito by folding in each side and rolling carefully.  Store between damp paper towels to keep rice paper soft.  Serve with Peanut Sauce.
Peanut Sauce
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp Soy Sauce
3-4 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Sugar
Place all ingredients in mini food processor and pulse until combined.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do in our family!