Monthly Archives: February 2016

Chipotle chicken soup

I really, really enjoy this recipe. 

Just make sure you properly mince up the chipotle peppers, or else you’ll really clear out your sinuses in every other bite.

This one is adapted from Crock-Pot Classic Recipes, which I’ve been using a lot lately.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced*
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can great northern beans, rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained**
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

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*Use your judgement here. The original recipe dictates only one pepper, which I obliged by the first time I made this recipe, but it is not enough. Also, the chipotle peppers I’ve noticed can vary in size a lot. So adjust accordingly for your own preferences, and make sure you get some of the adobo sauce in there, too.

**I can never find a 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes and always have to get a bigger size. Can you find them?

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Slow cooker beef stroganoff

I’ve tried a few beef stroganoff a few times in my day, and this one is the best I’ve come across. Thank you DaringGourmet.com for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds steak, cut into chunks or strips
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 oz button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh or 1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
  • egg noodles (not pictured)

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Difference between soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce

We recently checked out the difference between soy sauce and its similar cousin tamari sauce.

But let’s be honest – many of us maybe hadn’t heard of tamari sauce before. What about Worcestershire sauce?

Soy sauce and Worcestershire  sauce are always linked in my mind for some reason, even though Worcestershire  clearly has a much more complex flavor to it.

Let’s find out with the real differences are.

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