Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup

A hearty soup recipe filled with smokey ham, white beans, zucchini, yellow squash and kale.

Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup
I made a big batch of this Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup last weekend because even though it's been sunny it's still been very cold and when it's cold I crave soup to warm my bones.
This soup is probably not authentic Tuscan because I'm not Italian but more my rendition of a perfect soup to take me away to Tuscany on a chilly day.
I used 2 large smoked ham hocks because we had gone out to our favorite butcher and picked a few up but a really meaty ham bone would work too.
I loaded this soup with kale, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and celery to keep it healthy.
 The smokey ham was the perfect disguise to hide the veggies from any picky eaters you might have in the house.
It was devoured with just enough for Colt's lunch the next day.
If you aren't feeding an army this recipe could easily be halved or the leftover's could be frozen for an easy quick dinner the following week.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake
I've been dreaming of Strawberry Shortcake all winter, so when I finally found really ripe amazing smelling strawberries at the market I decided to make this  Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake because I wasn't in the mood to make traditional biscuits and roll them out.
I made a moist and light yellow lemon buttermilk cake for the base because I knew it would be the perfect flavor combo.
 Then filled it with fresh strawberry puree, diced strawberries and smothered it in freshly whipped cream.
My Dad who never eats dessert decided to have a slice and said it was the best ever.
He even wanted to have a piece for breakfast the next morning and let me tell you that is way out of his normal.
I don't think I've ever seen him eat sweets for breakfast, the man even drinks his morning coffee black! 
So I know if he loves it as much as the rest of the family you'll love it too! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde
This last weekend was a little bit crazy because our hot water tank broke on Friday night and gushed water all over the garage.
LJ came home from a friends house within minutes of it happening and asked me why a river of water was flowing out from under the garage door.
At that moment I opened the garage door and looked out and sure enough there was a raging river running out of the bottom of the hot water tank.
Luckily for me I have plenty of home improvement experience so I started looking for the water  key Colt keeps on the wall of the garage but I couldn't find it anywhere but LJ found an adjustable wrench while I was on the phone with Colt.
LJ and I headed down to the street while I was trying to explain what needed to happen to turn the water off.
I am still surprised he was able to turn the water off with the wrench and when I found him he was looking like he was dying laying on the sidewalk. 
I don't think he moved for the next ten minutes.
He then started sweeping out the water and trying to clean up as much as possible in the garage.
Thankfully Colt showed up with a new hot water tank and found the water key on the wall hanging next to the fire extinguisher, the only place I didn't happen to look.
Thankfully nothing really got damaged other then some old shoes and one box! 
I figured to celebrate all this craziness we should have Salsa Verde and Chips because all that craziness deserves a celebration! 
Salsa Verde is so easy to make and perfect with chips or over the top of enchiladas for Enchiladas Verde.
Another Mexican Food fav in our house! 
I'm sure you'll love it too! 
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