Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!
I'm Cindy, and I love to cook! And, I love to eat... hence the size of my rear end! I come from a long line of cooks. My great great Grandmother was a cook in the original Harvey Houses. My grandmother Julia was an awesome cook, and my mom was incredible. I owe my skills to these great women. Especially my Mom who said this to me about making gravy... "Cindy Lynn, wallpaper paste is wallpaper paste & gravy is gravy. Never the two shall meet!" Shall we say my first experience at making gravy left a little bit to be desired! Thank the high heavens my cooking skills have improved since then! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"What's in the Pantry" Soup

Last week I wasn't feeling well.  I wanted something to eat - but nothing sounded good.  Well, let me restate that.. the only thing that sounded delicious was soup.  However, I'm not a "soup out of the can" kinda girl - and there isn't anyone else in our house that knows how to make soup.  And, I also didn't want to spend all day cooking it.  SO, I took a look in the pantry and in the fridge and freezer.  Here's what I call my "I feel like some homemade soup but it has to be from my pantry" soup.  


1 white onion, chopped
1 celery heart, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 carton of chicken broth
2 large soup spoons of "Better than Bouillon" Beef
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
20 - 25 Costco Beef Meatballs, warm in microwave and cut into quarters


Drizzle olive oil in a soup pot, heat.  Add onion and garlic, saute for 4 -5 minutes.  Add celery and continue cooking until the onions are translucent and the celery is cooked.

Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth.  Add the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, meat balls, "Better than Bouillon" and oregano.  

Heat through, salt and pepper to taste, enjoy!

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