Larpmom’s Turkey Soup

The best thing about Thanksgiving is the turkey. The second best is using the leftovers to make soup.

This soup requires dark bone stock. I’ve posted my stock recipe here.

Here’s the recipe:

Turkey Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups leftover Turkey, cut into chunks
  • 4 Carrots, peeled and cut into large dice
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks Celery, diced
  • 8 oz Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
  • Half a bag Dutch Gold Potatoes, cut into medium chunks
  • Half a large Vidalia onion, diced
  • Bouquet garni (1 sprig Sage, 2 sprigs Rosemary, small handful of Thyme, 1 Parmesan cheese rind, 2 bay leaves, little over half the tops of 1 bundle Italian parsley)
  • Turkey bone stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 Tbs butter
  • The reserved fat of three rashers of bacon
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 splash Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan for grating (optional)
  • Handful of diced Iltalian Parsley leaves

Directions:

Melt bacon fat and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook a few minutes, then add carrots, garlic, celery and onions. Stir and cook about 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms begin to soften, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add turkey and give it a good stir. Add stock, and herb bouquet, then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.

Add diced parsley, sour cream and a splash of heavy cream. Let the soup warm through and then taste, add salt and pepper as needed. Remove herb bouquet and serve with a little parmesan grated over top, of desired.

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Larpmom’s Turkey Stock

After the Thanksgiving dinner has ended, it’s time to utilize the leftovers. What better way than to make a nutritious bone stock, and then use it for Turkey soup! 🙂

I didnt get a picture, because well, I forgot.

Anyway, here’s the recipe:

Turkey Stock

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole turkey carcass, meat removed (mine was a 20 pound bird)
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bouquet garni (you can use anything that complements what you used to cook the turkey. I used 2 sprigs of Rosemary, a handful of Thyme, 2 Bay leaves, a large sprig of Sage, Italian parsley stalks, and a Parmesan heel. Tie it all together with kitchen twine.)
  • 2 carrots, skin on and roughly chopped
  • 5 crushed cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks of Celery
  • 1 large Onion, quartered
  • Salt
  • Carrot peelings from soup prep
  • Enough water to just cover the carcass in a nice sized stock pot

Directions:

Using a big kitchen knife, break down the carcass at the joints so that the entire thing fits comfortably on an large baking sheet. Add the celery, garlic, onion and carrots to the sheet as well. Roast for 25 minutes in a 400° F oven.

In a large stock pot, add peppercorns, bouquet garni, and carrot peelings (I prep the vegetables for the soup while the bones roast. I always use carrots, so I toss the peels in to make a better stock). Add the roasted bones and vegetables. Pour cold water over until bones are just covered (mine came to about 10 cups). Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Skim off any foam you can see. Add about 1/4 tsp Salt. Simmer 4 to 6 hours, until stock has reduced to about half. Use tongs to remove the large bones and solids, then pour over a large mesh strainer in a storage bowl or container to remove the rest of the solids. Let cool and refrigerate overnight. Remove any fat/grease that congeals on top of the stock overnight before use.

Larpmom’s Weeknight Red Pepper Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 jars roasted red peppers
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • About 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sweet white wine
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprkia
  • 2 Tbs Corn starch

Directions

Pulse peppers and garlic in food processor and pour in oil. Move to saucepan and cook on med high heat about 3 minutes. Add wine and whisk. Add spices and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer to reduce, about 15 minutes. Make a slurry with the corn starch and a little water and stir it into the sauce until well incorporated. Simmer about 8 minutes. Turn off heat and add half and half. Warm and serve.

Jacket Potatoes with Chili

I love chili. And when I lived in Warwickshire, one of my favorite things was walking into town to hit the Jacket Potato truck for lunch. A nice walk, great lunch, and some time to myself.

Now that I’m back home in the States, I miss that potato truck.

Anyway, here are the recipes:

Jacket Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 Russet potatoes, scrubbed clean and poked with a fork
  • Aluminum foil
  • A little salt
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Oil potatoes and sprinkle all sides with salt. Wrap in foil and roast for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes.

Remove from oven and set on a rack to cool slightly.

Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Half a sweet Vidallia Onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use ground round)
  • Olive or vegetable oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pot
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 Tbs Chili powder
  • 4 Tbs AP flour
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprkia
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Black ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 bottle Boston Lager
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Instructions:

Heat oil in a large pot and saute the garlic and onions. Add ground beef and cook on med high heat until all pink is gone from the meat. Add seasonings and stir, then add beans and mix well. Add beer and broth and stir.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer 2 hours in lidded pot.

(This can also be served over rice or mashed potatoes. I usually make the chili with rice and then use the leftovers to make these potatoes!)

Assembly:

Open the foil and split the potatoes lengthwise, leaving bottom skin intact. Use a for to fluff out the potato. Add a little butter, salt and pepper, then top with cheese. Ladle some chili over the potatoes and add a dollop of sour cream and a little sprinkle of cheese. Serve.

Mozzerella Sticks!

It was kinda late at night. My husband got off work late again. And he was snacky. So was I…so I cut up this block of mozzerella cheese I had in the fridge and tried making fresh cheese sticks for us.

I really liked how they came out. I didnt bother trying to freeze before I fried… I’d bet they’d be even better if I freeze them an hour or two next time!

Here’s the recipe:

Mozzerella Sticks

  • 16 oz block of mozzerella cheese, sliced into fat sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups ap flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 to 4 eggs and a little milk
  • Enough oil to fry sticks in a small pot

Instructions:

Mix flour, salt, pepper and garlic in a pie plate.

Beat eggs and milk in a small bowl.

Combine bread crumbs. Parsley and cheese in another pie plate.

Heat oil in pot. As oil comes gets hot, coat mozzarella in flour. Three at a time, dip sticks into egg wash and then coat in crumbs. Repeat with egg wash and crumbs, then set aside on a plate. You want the mozzarella sticks to be completely coated in breadcrumbs with no gaps. Fry 2 to 3 sticks at a time until golden, and remove to a clean plate with paper towels to drain.

Farmer’s Soup

When I was little, my mother had a subscription to Taste of Home recipe.

One day, she showed me a recipe for a hearty soup which required special oven proof bowls, in which the completed soup was topped with french bread and gouda cheese to broil until it melted right into the soup. She went crazy trying to find a place that sold the things, and after a few weeks we had the soup for the first time. We had to wait for the bowls to cool down and have trivits at our place settings. We’ve long since lost the recipe, and I could not find it to link you to the original.

I must say, though…

We were not the smartest people. It never occurred to any of us that slapping the cheese topped bread on a greased or oiled cookie sheet would yield the same results without running the risk of 3rd degree burns.

Anyway, here is how I make my version of the soup that wont risk injuring your small children or spazzy adults :

Farmer’s Soup

  • 8 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 8 Carrots
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 sticks Butter
  • French Bread Loaf
  • Apple wood smoked Gouda Cheese
  • 4 cups water and 2 cubes chicken bullion

Instructions:

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, and do the same with each half. Cut into thin slices. Do the same with the carrots. Large dice the onions and break up the cauliflower into small pieces.

Melt the butter in the bottom of an 8 quart pot. Toss in the vegetables and coat with butter. Saute for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the bullion and water. Add a little salt and pepper, about 1/4 each. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Slice French Bread into thin rounds and top with slices of Gouda. Place on greased cookie sheet and broil on high heat until cheese melts. Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheesy bread rounds. Let cool two minutes and serve.

And check out Taste of Home. They have some great recipes.

LARPmom’s Insomniac Milk

I have two kids. So that means I have had two pregnancies where, at about 3 months in, suddenly I could not sleep. Bad insomnia, and terrible indigestion. The only thing that helped was this milk. I doubt you’d need to be pregnant to enjoy this. Just…brush your teeth before you go back to sleep. Cavities and all.

Here’s the Recipe:

LARPmom’s Insomniac Milk

  • 8oz while milk
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • A pinch of Nutmeg

Whisk in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is hot but not boiling. Pour into a mug and sip.