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Getting a jump start on Fall

Let's face it, I'm in Texas. It's not going to get cold any time soon. However! It's been raining for the past several days, which means that we've hit a chilly mid-70s. Ahahaha. Soup weather! I perfected my chicken tortilla soup recipe, and I'm not kidding, it's fantastic. I like it brothy and flavorful. I don't like mounds of cheese and a greasy sheen of oil, either, so this is a pretty healthy soup. Um, and it's spicy. I'm not gonna lie to you. I will say that the spice is all bark, and no long-time bite. I've started uploading some of my recipes (meaning, things I've made up, not recipes I've made from other sources) to The Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen site - it's chock-full of awesomeness, btw.



Stoney's Tortilla Soup

* 2 cups Shredded, Cooked Chicken (I used 3/4ths of a rotisserie chicken - I saved the other bits for a chicken salad sammich for me today)
* 1 teaspoon Oil
* 1 whole Yellow Onion, Sliced Thinly
* 1 whole Hatch Chile Pepper, Roasted, Seeded, Chopped
* 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
* 2 whole Zucchini, Halved And Chopped
* 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Cored, Coarsely Chopped
* 1 whole Chipotle (in Adobo Sauce) Minced
* 32 ounces Chicken Broth
* 1 teaspoon Cumin
* 1 teaspoon Chile Powder
* 1 cup Manchego Cheese, Shredded (queso fresco would also be good. Skip the tired Monterrey jack cheese.)
* Tortilla Chips, For Garnish (my local grocer makes these and they're seasoned with chile. Freaking delish.)
* 1 whole Avocado (for Garnish)

Preparation Instructions

Using a medium sized pan, heat the oil and saute the onion until caramelized. Add the Hatch chile and garlic, allow to make lovely crunchy bits on the pan. De-glaze the pan with a splash of the chicken broth, stirring to combine all of the crust into the broth.

[ETA] I've been deglazing the pan with the adobo sauce and a splash of chicken broth lately and it adds another layer of flavor in there that is OM NOM. Just if you wanna tweak.

Add the zucchini, bell pepper, and chicken; pour in enough broth to just cover. Add the seasonings, and make sure to get some of that adobo sauce from the chipotle in there. Flavor country, y’all.

Heat through, taste to adjust salt levels. If you find that it’s too spicy, add any remaining broth and also buck up, because it’s good for you. If you’re a man, it’ll put hair on your chest and we ladies like that.

Ladle soup into bowls and allow to cool while you prepare your toppings. Cut the avocado on the longitude, set both halves on your cutting board. Whack the seed with your knife blade, twist, and pull it out in one. With just the tip of the blade, slice the avocado while still in the shell. Gently squeeze the sides and fan out the slices onto a plate, and put a few slices on top of each bowl of soup and top with tortillas and a pinch of the cheese.

Verdadero, está muy caliente, pero es bueno para usted! (True, it’s very hot, but it’s good for you!)



Tips to make it restaurant style: I've done this before, but skipped it this time around. Take a cup of the broth and put in in a blender with two handfuls of the tortilla chips to make almost a paste. Add that back to your soup for a thicker soup base, so it won't be so brothy. (That's how they do it in restaurants here.) I was going for the lighter broth style last night since the kids were complaining of sore throats. (Flu shots on Friday.)

Mmm mmm good!

Tonight I change directions and make some wilted ginger/garlic bok choy and hot and sour soup. I AM READY FOR COLD WEATHER. Well, my kind of cold, not real cold. Heh.

So was everyone as underwhelmed by True Blood as I was? Meh. With, of course, the exception of the always awesome Jason "Kid Glock" Stackhouse and Hoyt Fortenberry. I love those characters. There will probably be spoilers cropping up in comments, for those that need that warning.

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mecurtin
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Speak to me of your hot and sour soup.
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, how I love hot and sour soup. And this recipe is the closest I can get to my favorite Chinese restaurant's version. My tweaks: more vinegar, to the tune of a TBSP more, and I use dehydrated black fungus from the Asian market instead of fresh mushrooms. Way more flavor, plus they have almost a whole day's worth of iron. !! Delicious and good for you? Yes, please!
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stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well... mushrooms ARE fungus. That's how it's packaged in the Asian market, it's some type of black mushroom. *shrug* I love it, and so do my kids. To each his own.
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mecurtin
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
nom nom nom. I think I might pick up some tree ears -- is that the kind of shroom you mean? -- to go in. Alas, the bamboo shoots available to me are rather sad and taste strongly of tin can. In the spring we can get actual fresh bamboo shoots (from the bamboo trying to take over the back yard).
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
You know, I have no idea. I go to a market where hardly anything is in English, so I grab stuff my friends have translated for me. Hahahaha. The mushrooms I use are very long and thin, black, and dehydrated. I toss them in dry and they thicken the broth a bit, too. I find that the fresh shoots I've gotten from the same store are so powerfully flavored that they take over the dish. But that's just our preference. If I can find the ones they don't vacuum pack, those are my fave. They taste like what you must be getting!
ethrosdemon
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
It is tree ear. There are variant names, but that is the one most common, also cloud ear sometimes.
brunettepet
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yay cooler weather! I took the opportunity to make a batch of Kim Chi (it has to sit out for a couple days, and when it's 104° it ferments way too quickly), and now I have butter softening for Cherry chocolate chip cookies for the mister's lunch bag. I certainly hope summer is well behind us.

That soup sounds absolutely amazing. I have everything on hand except the manchego.

I haven't watched TB yet, but I've been pretty much underwhelmed all season. I guess I should just bite the bullet and get it over with. Man, I shouldn't have to steel myself to watch a freaking TV show...
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, those cookies sound delish. Now I'm rethinking making cheesecake-swirl brownies in favor of cherry chocolate cookies!! NUM.

The soup turned out so freaking good, I couldn't believe I'd made it. If you have any queso fresco or good Mexican cheese, that would be great - the Manchego just has such a great flavor, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This season has just been a grab bag - and in all the bad, carny ways. SOme times it's okay, some times you wonder why you just devoted 40+ minutes of your life.
brunettepet
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Your hot and sour soup recipe sounds a lot like mine except I add 1/4 cup each of shredded white mushrooms, shredded wood ear mushrooms and cooked, julienned pork. Mmm, I love soup weather!

Bad, carny ways, indeed. I hope there's not more naked town folk to wade through *shields eyes*
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I bet all of those additional mushrooms give it some great flavor! I add the pork, too, if I have it (not the shredded chicken that's in the recipe I linked. Chicken? No, must be pork!)

I'm getting excited for all of the soups and stews. I have all of these burgundies and Bordeauxs to drink!
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stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
YES. And what the HELL with the marriage proposal? And of course it's in Vermont. Quit with the vampires = gay thing, you're not doing it right, TB!

That episode was completely filled with a distinct lack of Eric Northman, too.
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stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I couldn't remember if you'd read the books or not. YES! Sookie is CONSTANTLY moaning about not ever getting to be a bride and - not that anyone had asked her - it wasn't legal in the first place. WHAT EVER.

WAIT WHAT. SHE IS WITH ASKARS. Noooooooooooo!
judetwee
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to give this recipe to my mom to make. Any idea what effect it has on type II diabetes?
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
...no? I have no idea about that stuff, I'm just a chick on LJ.
judetwee
Sep. 14th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
It's okay, so am I. /totally understands

...not really, I mean who can totally understand anything these days, but ANYWAY, thank you for sharing!
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stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, for me, it went downhill after the first ep's intro song, but that's because it's just crack for me. I'm all about Alex Skarsgard. But yeah - Maryann's first, MORE GODRIC. That would have been MUCH better.
bienegold
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
This sounds pretty tasty! Is it really so very hot? I'm a bit of a wuss. (On the other hand, no cilantro, and that's the real dealbreaker for me.)
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Rooster sauce is hotter. It has a bite, but not like biting into jalapeños.
ethrosdemon
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
ROOSTER SAUCE SRIRCHACHA YOU MEAN? or however that's spelled. I can't even spell in English much less a transliterated Asian language.


Anyway, I am addicted to that shit and also love that I can troll your food posts.
stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
SRIRIRIRIACHHAHHHAAHAHHA, I believe it's spelled. I'm pretty sure I nailed it in one.

Dude, that shit makes my mouth SO HAPPY. I'll put it on just about anything. OM NOM NOM.
brunettepet
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think you were giving TB too much credit with your Meh. The only things I liked were Eric playing Yahtzee and Sam bear ass. Wow. I give the episode a head shake.
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was absolutely redonk in places, right? I just kept thinking, this is the finale? What the hell is supposed to make anyone want to tune back in?
brunettepet
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
See above! Also, Hoyt, and Jason and more things to mock. There's no such thing as too much to mock.
turnonmyheels
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
YUM I'll be trying that soon.

There was an article in one of my trade magazines this week about gyms using their members to power their facility -- one of the science fair ideas. If you've decided on that I'll be glad to fax you a copy [or transcribe it if you want me too] It won't be a source that could be used for "science" but it could be a source for trends and real life applications
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm about to upload a pic to that site where I've been putting recipes. There's some great stuff over there. Some crazy fattening stuff, but some great stuff, too.

If it's convenient, I'd love to see the article! (Maybe it's online?) I don't want to put you out.
turnonmyheels
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
it occurs to me that since this isn't porn, I can scan on my work scanner!

I'll email it to you in a jiffy

trust me, it's not much, but it is something that can be cited.
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
WOOOO! ANd hahahahahaha, that's hilarious, this discovery you've made, heee.
turnonmyheels
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I've been scanning stuff all day for work, you'd think I would have realized I could scan it sooner!
entrenous88
Sep. 14th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I am with you on the need for autumn chill! I want to make this green bean & white bean gratin I found.
stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
MmmmmmMMmmmmmm gratins!! Oh, how I love autumn foods! Roasted acorn squash, pumpkin anything, caramelized onions, parsnips... I'm about to go crazy with some baking, in fact. Our daily bread and maybe some brownies. (Smitten Kitchen posted some gorgeous cheesecake swirl brownies the other day. !!! How can I resist that?!)

If the gratin you mentioned works out, please post about it! It sounds numtastic.
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stoney321
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
It was SO good. (And nothing spicy like that time I tried killing you with a stuffed poblano pepper, lol.) Hot, but manageable.

There are some GREAT recipes over there. I love her main page, ThePioneerWoman.com She gives you step by step instructions on how she makes EVERYTHING with pictures for every step! Very helpful if you're not familiar with a technique, etc. She has a cookbook coming out.

I bet you are too far north. (Unless you have a Whole Foods that's reasonably close? They'll def. carry both types.) I hereby give you permission to use tired Monterrey Jack! HEEE. (For us down here, it's on everything and I get weary of it, that's all. Hee hee.)

Oooh, OT, but you'll be interested: the full length novel from that series of short stories just came in the mail! I plan on curling up tonight after soup and such and reading some good sf. I'll keep you posted. If it's as good as the short stories, I'll be blown away. (The Windup Girl is the title.)
edoraslass
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Stoney, did you post a recipe for curried chicken salad or something like that (not recently)and I'm just not skilled enough to find it? Or am I thinking of someone else on my f-list?
stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
you know, I don't believe that I did post a recipe, but I know that I've mentioned that I made one recently. Basically I had shredded chicken, a little greek yogurt, curry powder, a little dollop of mayo, some green onion and diced celery. Does that help?
edoraslass
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
That'll set me on the right track, thanks!
ladystarlightsj
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
That sounds really really good -- I wonder if anyone else in my house would eat it, heh. Memorying anyways...thanks!
stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
If they do eat it, that's because they are cool and worthy of your love. You tell them I said that. Hahahahaha.
ethrosdemon
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
How did I not know the Pioneer Woman had an interactive com? Dayum! I will join.

I am hip deep in canning. You should email me your street addy and I will send you some crap since you are one of five people I know who can appreciate home canned brandied pears from pears I picked myself omg goddamned it!

TB was stupid. The entire hour should have been Sophie-Ann and Eric, whatever, man.
stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
(Hahahha, I love you trolling my food posts. But that because you're not actually trolling. Did you see someone deleted their comments? Why would someone need to tell me GROSS on a recipe post? Jesus. She got on her Huffy and pedaled away.)

SHE DOES! There have been some really good recipes over there, too. How much more do I love you because you like the Pioneer Woman? Exponentially, Kassie, exponentially.

Ooooooh, are you sure?! Man, I would LOVE some of your creations!! I would put them on freaking display, have a dinner party, and bequeath a single slice of pear onto them like the freaking sacrament. Hee.

Oh my god, there were points where I LOL over TB, but not in the good way. The whole melodrama of Eggs! Sookie telling him "that wasn't you!" And He replies, "But I killed a whole bunch of people!" And her response is to coo and shh him, "It's okay. Okay that you murdered a bunch of people because you're weak and not lahk mah Beel." Good lord.

Now I have to wait MONTHS for more Eric, BOO.
thefuzzyhat
Sep. 15th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
That episode was just so bizarre. Plus, all the fun they were having with Photoshop-like filters with the MaryAnn-Vision™ was really turning me off.

The marriage proposal made me go "asjhfkjdhdf!!! D8<" lol. Maybe the kidnapping is gonna be what it was in the books, now with extra Bill!torture. :D

I'm savin' that recipe to make later. :3

<333
stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am SO HOPING that BEEL is gonna be tortured. It's the only thing letting me sleep at night.... Ahahahaha. Those filters were irritating as hell. I'm just so glad the whole thing is over. More Eric now, please!
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stoney321
Sep. 15th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm STARVING and sad that I have no more soup. I have cheeps, though. Mmmm, tortilla cheeps.

Ugh, it's just lame. It's laughably lame in some spots, so you should watch for that. And the two minutes of Eric in a suit.
may_lyn
Sep. 15th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
i love a good tortilla soup! even better if you can stick it all in the crockpot. evenings aren't the highest energy times for me.

oh, i have a healthy pasta fago....however you spell that recipe on my recipe page. with bread sticks that ROCKS mightily.
lavenderfrost
Sep. 16th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
May be trying this recipe, though I have to say I'm not big on hairy chests. :p :D

Man, growing up in Texas has ruined me for life. IDK if I could ever live somewhere that doesn't have decent Mexican food.
stoney321
Sep. 16th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
On men? They need a hairy chest. Young guys? Bare and smooth. Hee.

And isn't that the truth? I simply won't eat Mexican (esp. not attempted Tex-Mex) anywhere outside of this region. Even in NYC, home of excellent cuisine from everywhere. It was crap.
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