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27. October 2008 14:02
by Jobo

Boo! Its a Halloweeny Post!

27. October 2008 14:02 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Do you ever feel like you have a million things on the go, but somehow nothing new completed?  Well thats how I feel these days.  The weather is changing finally here, the leaves are turning wonderful reds and oranges, and the wind has a certain nip... Fall is definetly here.

This year has been declared the Autumn of soups and casseroles... comfort food yum!  And of course, since I have never really been a soup or casserole maker, this is all new.  It's like mad kitchen science - soup creation labs. 

Here is the latest creation: 

Italian Wedding Soup... Which may look complicated, but it ridiculously easy!

- Remove the casings from 5-6 Mild Italian Sausages, and form into small meatballs, approximately 1 - 2 cm round.  Cook in a frying pan, make sure these are completely done, as they wont really have time to cook fully in the soup.  Drain fully.  I even let mine drain on paper towels similar to what I would do with Bacon, just to get the excess greasiness off.  Set aside for later.

-Prepare 1 medium onion, 2 Carrots, 2 Sticks of Celery - all chopped into about the same sized pieces

- In a heavy bottom Pot, saute the veggies on medium heat with a splash of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt.  Cook about 10 minutes, or until the veggies start to get glossy and softened.  

- Add spices to taste - I added freshly cracked black pepper, and about 1 tsp of Dried Rosemary and Thyme, and 1 tbsp Dried Parsley.  You could add more or less... up to you. Saute for about 5 more minutes (ok, so the kitchen smells really excellent at this point!)

- Next, add about 8-10 cups of chicken stock (I like the Campbells' low sodium Chicken Broth you can get at the supermarket... for when you don't have a spare chicken carcass laying around) and simmer on med-low, try not to let it boil, just simmer away for about 30 minutes.

- Add the Meatballs prepared earlier,and continue to simmer.  Once the meatballs are heated through you could serve it there, or let it simmer longer on the stove if you want.

- For an extra treat, I added Tiny round pasta (about 1/2 cup) about 15 minutes before serving (you could use whatever you have in the kitchen, or little alphabet noodles if there are children at your table)  Some recipes mention adding Spinach leaves also at this point, where they would wilt and also give their flavour to your soup.  I didn't bother this time with the spinach.

- This soup is great as leftovers the next day, or for work lunches, but remember, the longer the noodles sit in the broth, the soggier they get.  If you were planning on making this ahead, I would perhaps not add the noodles until just before you wanted to serve it.

Aromatic Vegetables on Parade...

Finished soup!  Hungry?


On the Crafting front...

ever notice how your projects sometimes go seasonal without you even realizing it?

I have been working on blending some Black Superfine Merino with just a touch of the Pewter/Silver colored Carbonized Bamboo I had leftover from another project.  This stuff seems to be turning out really soft and smooth.  My goal was to create some Worsted or heavier weight, but the singles feel so nice, they may end up being consumed as they are :)  Definetly love those hand cards... very simple to use, and there is something so back-to-basics about the combing of wool and then spinning those fluffy rolags.  

Also on a Halloweeny note... I decided I should use up some of the sock yarn I've accumulated over the years.... and started a scarf.  A few years back, I found a whole bunch of Bernat Sox sold color sock yarn on sale at Zellers, and couldn't help myself.  I think I bought 2 balls of every colour there!  (Yeah I know, bad knitter!  bad!)

I have always admired knitted lace shawls and stoles, so I decided to try out the"Woodland Shawl" pattern on Ravelry.  I'm finished of one ball... about 3.4 of the next to go.  here is a sneak peak! It's kindof a burnt orangy colour. 

And just to finish off -some orange "Chinese Lanterns" from my Gramma's Garden...

Trick or Treat!!

13. October 2008 20:38
by Jobo

Sock and Nacho Spectacular

13. October 2008 20:38 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yeah, yeah I know, I have totally been neglecting my blog...  bad bad Jobo.

Things have been getting hairier by the day around here, what with work being nutso, and having the house now up for sale, it seems there is non-stop action around here.  Marky even has exams, so it's not just me with urgent, time sensitive crapola on the go either.  I need a vacation, or at the very least a nap I think!

On the cooking front: 

Nobody (I mean Nobody!) makes nachos like me :)  Not to toot my own horn, but I haven't found restaurant nachos this good in a long time.  Our secret at home is in the toppings.  I like to keep the leftover spiced ground beef when we make tacos, and save it in the freezer, so when the nacho craving comes along, all you have to do is defrost, and Wham!  Nachos with Mexican Flare.  Other must haves include:  Black Olives, Chopped Onions, Green Pepper (from my garden), Fresh Jalapenos, Grated Mozza and Cheddar, Spicy Salsa, Sour Cream, and Guac if you are totally starving.  This time for a change we used a mix of yellow and blue corn tortilla chips, carefully layered on a foil lined cookie sheet, and baked in the oven just until the meat had warmed up and the cheese melted and started to bubble a bit.  Craving Nachos Yet?  Good, thats what I thought.


On the Crafting Front:

Using up some Kroy Jacquard  Sock Yarn that has been laying around here for a while.  Now that I have learned to do the "short-rows" method socks, I'm not sure I will ever go back to the old Kitchener stitch toe graft ever again.  These are my first pair of "toe-up" socks.  (For those of you who aren't sock knitters yet, usually you cast on in the round at the ankle, and knit a tube all the way to the toes, then use a darning needle to graft the toe together.  Pro's make this look easy, the grafting stitch, called kitchener, is somewhat of an acquired skill)  I like the colours and the pattern that results, but I think they may be too flashy for Christmas gifts.  Oops, I may just have to keep them myself :) darn :)

Anyways, enough for now :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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