Say THAT three times fast! If you happen to watch Rachael Ray on the Food Network, you know all about her “stoup” – thinner than a stew, yet thicker than a soup … STOUP. Tonights’ new recipes (three, count ’em, three!) all come from a recent episode of her 30 Minute Meals show, her “Tex-Mex twist on tomato soup and grilled cheese.” All quite tasty, it was pretty close to being on the table in 30 minutes. Hey, remember I have a nearly-three-old and 2 dogs underfoot! :)
If I make the stoup again, I’d omit the celery. Just not a fan of it in this dish. It’s a very healthy recipe, and you really can’t go wrong with the ease of preparation, especially on a weeknight. Although good, just not a wow for me. Surprisingly enough though, The Husband liked it, and if you’re a regular reader, you know his disdain for vegetables. The Guacamole Smash was used in two separate ways … a dollop on the finished soup (which served as a nice cooling aspect given my crazy notion of making soup in 105 degree weather!) and as a dipper for the Double-Decker Quesadillas. I doubled the Smash recipe, but kept the sour cream at 1 cup. I’d definitely make that again — a nice twist on traditional guacamole.
Since tomorrow’s the deadline, tonight’s dinner plans will translate nicely into my entry in Uncle Wiggly’s Good Time Cooking Contest – Version Weekday sponsored by Dr. Biggles at Meathenge. Not sure it’s “meaty” enough for the esteemed Dr. Biggles, but who knows? Maybe a carnivorous break is in order. ;)
If you followed Lance Armstrong’s successful quest for his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory, you might want to check out World on a Plate’s blog. Some great pictures on all the action. Congratulations, Lance Armstrong, for true embodiment of living strong.
All for tonight. Tune in tomorrow to see what precious gifts Nicholas has been giving me lately and highlights as “birthday week” gets underway. Until then…