Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Any excuse to make soup is okay with me.  So when my son was home sick the other day, I asked him what he’d like for dinner.  “Soup”, he replied in a sad, pitiful, scratchy whimper.  “The kind with the little meatballs in it, but not a spicy one”, he added.  I knew just what he was talking about as we’d had it about two months ago and he loved it.  Let’s face it-any soup with meatballs in it is going to be a hit kids. Although I’m sure this soup has been served at weddings the name actually comes from … Continue reading

FYB House Chili

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This is the house chili here at Fill Your Belly headquarters A.K.A. my kitchen.  It’s a great allpurpose chili with just enough spice and heat to please adults yet mild enough to keep kids happy.  As I said on yesterday’s blog, all the normal accompaniments were served with it – cheese, diced onions, sour cream, avocado, fritos and the perfect side of Buttermilk Cornbread. The great thing about chili is once it’s in the pot simmering, other than the occasional stir, you can pretty much forget about it.  In fact the longer it cooks the better the flavors get.  And for those … Continue reading

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Between setting the clocks back and the change in the weather, there’s no doubt that fall has arrived.  While still ridiculously mild compared to most of the country, there’s still a noticable difference here in Southern California.  So on that note I decided it was time for a spicy tortilla soup with all the trimmings.  While some versions might be easier than this one here, such as opening up various cans and adding them to a pot, this one will excite your taste buds.  I’m blessed to live in an area that has a wide variety of chiles available, but if you can’t … Continue reading

Poblano Corn Chowder

Poblano Corn Chowder

I’m the only one I know who picks a 95 degree day to make corn chowder.  To my defense; when I bought the corn the other day, I didn’t realize we were going to have a heat wave in Southern California that rivaled mid summer.  But that’s what happened.  Knowing that my house was going to be a pressure cooker didn’t stop me from my task.  I had a recipe in my head and I had to go forward. This delicious soup, (my wife said it was one of the best I’ve ever made) gets a little kick from roasted … Continue reading

Hawaiian Pot Pork

Hawaiian Pot Pork

This is a dish I’ve been making for years; long before kids and marriage.  I’m not quite sure how it came about, but I suspect it was due to what I had on hand in my pantry and refridgerator.  You know; throw a bunch of things in a pot and tweak until you like it.  Over the years I’ve simplified it-I recall it being overly complicated. After my wife and I married, I made this for her and she was hooked.  The kids followed and were fans as well.  Although I can’t imagine this is a Hawaiian dish, it had pineapple in … Continue reading

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

The kid’s are back in school and just like clockwork the weather cooled down as well.  It had been such a mild summer, I wasn’t sure we’d see a change in the weather for awhile.  But change it did; cool breezes and and earlier sunsets seem to have appeared overnight.  My son wasn’t too happy to see it all end but as for me, I get my house back and can finally get a lot more work done. With the change in the weather, I start thinking about comfort food.  Stews, roasts and soups are all the things I look … Continue reading

Chile Verde Stew

Chile Verde Stew

Chile verde has always been a favorite of mine, but not so much with the rest of my family.  My daughter and son would always eat it but just weren’t too enthused.  So the other day when I was rumaging through the fridge looking for dinner ideas, I found a single pork tenderloin that hadn’t been used for the weekend barbecue and decided it either had to be cooked or frozen.  But what to do?  I didn’t really want barbecue again, so I kept on foraging.  I found a couple bunches of cilantro, chicken stock and sour cream but not … Continue reading

Ken’s Kickin’ Posole

Pork and hominy gently stewed in a red sauce

I love Cinco de Mayo.  Any day that gives you an excuse to drink margaritas and gorge on Mexican food is OK in my book.  We’ll have the typical rice, beans, chips and guacamole, salsa and the like; but my favorites are steak tacos and posole.  The steak meat is arrachera, click the link to an easy and wonderful recipe from a gal named SB on allrecipes.com.  Hard to improve on good steak filling, so I’m not.  But I will give you my posole recipe-Ken’s Kickin’ Posole.  It’s part stew and part soup…a stoup!  Yeah, corny I know.  But,  it is … Continue reading