Thursday, March 5, 2009

Rambling Thursday...Some Of This & Some Of That!!!

Went to Owatonna today (about 15 miles from Faribault) to the Salvation Army Store to see if I could find some goodies....Well I spotted an old wood shelf with drawers apparently to hold saran wrap etc that was painted white....I made a beeline for it, but another woman cut me off at the pass and grabbed it right from under me...I was so disappointed....Did find a few items but nothing like that....Then I went to Applebees and had a lovely light lunch with my son Rick...He left and when I got in my car it was as dead as a door nail...Nothing Nada sound!!! Well phoned him (just as he pulled in his driveway) to come an jump start my car...He put the jumper cables on and still Nada....He fiddled around, let his truck run for awhile and still Nada.....So he called a towing truck to see if they could start it (now remember I live in another town)....Well this old guy came, walked over to the car, looked at it, wiggled a cable and said now try it....Yea!!! it started....I was thrilled to say the least, but that lasted a very short time...When he said that will cost $50 I almost fainted....Good thing he took debit cards as I sure didn't have $50 cash on me...I then went over to my sons house and my grandson made sure the cables were clean and nice and tight....So a lesson learned!!! always wiggle the cables before calling a tow truck....even though I had more shopping to do, I drove straight home, put the car in the garage and was just happy to be home....

Broccoli-Cheese Soup:
Serves...4.......WW Points 4

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup(s) onion(s), minced
16 oz frozen chopped broccoli
29 oz canned chicken broth
4 oz Kraft Velveeta Light Reduced-Fat Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product, cut into cubes, or similar product
1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup(s) water
1/4 cup(s) cornstarch

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, until soft. Add broccoli and broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 3 minutes, until broccoli is tender.
Reduce heat to low, add cheese and stir until cheese melts; stir in milk and garlic powder.
Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add mixture to pan and simmer 2 minutes, until thick. Serve hot. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Quick Southern-Style Collard Greens:
Serves..4.......WW Points 1

3 slice(s) uncooked reduced-fat bacon, cut into 1/2-inch wide pieces
3/4 cup(s) onion(s), chopped
2 medium garlic clove(s), sliced
1 pound(s) collard greens, washed well, center stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide strips (about 8 cups)
1 1/2 cup(s) water
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce, (or more to taste)
Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to sizzle and release some of its fat, about 1 minute.
Add onions to pot; stir and cover for 30 seconds. Decrease heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until onions are light golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens to pot and increase heat to high; cook, stirring, until greens wilt, about 2 minutes.
Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, salt and hot sauce. Serve extra hot pepper sauce on the side if desired. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

For optimal flavor and texture, select bunches of collard greens with smaller leaves — they're younger and more tender.

Now this isn't a low fat dish, but it is so good I just had to share it with you...There are a lot of good for you ingredients in it though!

Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Pot Pie:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup sliced baby portobello (crimini) mushrooms
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

1 (6-ounce) package buttermilk cornbread Mix
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, combine oil, celery, onion, carrots, red pepper, and mushrooms; toss to combine. Roast in oven 20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once.
In large bowl, combine cream, broth, flour, rosemary, and black pepper; whisk until smooth. Stir in chicken. Pour over vegetables in hot skillet.
In same bowl, combine cornbread mix, milk, and Parmesan cheese. Pour over chicken mixture.
Bake at 425 degrees F 18 to 23 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes before serving.


Janene said...

Sue~You are giving me some awesome recipes!
I can't believe that lady grabbed that before you! The nerve of her! LOL LOL!
Thanks for the car tip...Sorry to hear about the big bill! He should have let it go since it was just a loose cable...that would have been the decent thing to do!
Have a good night!

Audrey said...

Printed the broccoli soup recipe - looks yummy!! Thanks for the vote for the earrings!!

Vera said...

Broccoli cheese soup and collard greens are two of my favorites, thanks for the recipes.

Paqueenie said...

Glad you got home safely. Your lazy daughter in law should have been there to help ;-)

Ryan said...

Love that Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe! I might just have to try it. Sorry to hear about your car troubles.

The Charm House said...

Thank you Sue for sending Grandma a card and even more, your prayers for me!
I love you so much!

~Tonya said...

Awww Sue, so sorry to hear about the gal grabbing your goodies out from under you...more sorry to hear about your car.

That is expensive and they sure know how to "sock it to you". My hubby use to be a mechanic (still works on things for us) and I have learned a thing or two from him.

I was in high school, in class and I had a girlfriend that would leave early for work...well, there was a knock on the classroom door. She asked the teacher if I could help her. She said her car would not start.

Everyone looks at her like, ya right. Like Tonya is going to help. So, we went out, her car had nothing, I made sure she had a good connection between her cables and battery posts, nope, she didn't.

I took a screw driver and cleaned the junk from her battery posts and it started right up. So, yes a good lesson you learned. I am just so sorry it costed you 50 bucks and it ended your wonderful day with your son, on a not so great note.

Have a great week.