Posh Chicken & “Dumplings” (Gnocchi)

This really is an amazing dish. It was my first time trying gnocchi, and I told my wife it felt familiar, like a “posh chicken and dumplings”, but the flavor is amazing, and while I’m generally more function over form, you have to admit that it has quite a bit of visual appeal.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

This recipe seems like a lot, but it serves roughly 6 to 8 people (or, as we used it, 4 people twice). We made some homemade bread-maker white bread for the first meal and sweet cornbread for the second, and both went very well with the dish. Everyone (old folks, teenagers, and even my 1-year-oldContinue reading “Slow Cooker Potato Soup”

Sausage & Potato Soup

2 lbs Tennessee Pride Hot Country Sausage 5 lbs red potatoes, cut into roughly 1-inch chunks 2 large sweet onions, chopped 3 quarts (12 cups) water 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese 12 chicken bullion cubes 3 tablespoons dried chives 3 tablespoons dried celery flakes 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoonContinue reading “Sausage & Potato Soup”

Taco Soup

1-1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef (73% lean) 3 cloves (3 teaspoons) garlic, minced 1 medium (1/2 cup) onion 2 packages (4 tablespoons or 2 ounces) taco seasoning 2 cans (10 ounce) Rotel with green chiles 1 teaspoon chili powder 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or 2 teaspoonsContinue reading “Taco Soup”

Beef & Vegetable Stew

4 to 5 lbs beef stew meat 1 large sweet onion, chopped 4 (14.5 oz) cans stewed tomatoes 2 (14.5 oz) cans green beans 2 (14.5 oz) cans corn 2 (14.5 oz) cans red kidney beans 1 lb baby carrots 1 lb frozen okra 1 lb frozen peas 2 tablespoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepperContinue reading “Beef & Vegetable Stew”

White Chicken Chili

1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 medium chicken breasts, chopped 2 small to medium yellow sweet onions 2 to 3 tablespoons minced garlic 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 chicken bullion cubes 3 (15 oz) cansContinue reading “White Chicken Chili”

Beef in Brown Gravy

3 lbs stew meat or beef tips 2 medium onions (sweet yellow recommended), roughly chopped 2 lbs frozen peas 3 (0.87 oz/24 g) packages McCormick Brown Gravy mix 8 beef bullion cubes 1 to 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2-1/2 to 3 cups water Directions: Turn Instant Pot toContinue reading “Beef in Brown Gravy”

Tortilla Soup

4 cups chicken stock 1 cup water 2 tablespoons chili powder 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles 2 cups chicken, cooked Toppings: Avocado, chopped Queso fresco or shredded Monterey Jack cheese Lime Wedges Cilantro, chopped Toasted corn tortilla strips Directions: Heat all ingredients except toppings until thoroughly warmed. To serve, add toppings. (ThereContinue reading “Tortilla Soup”