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Hello everyone, I'm Cindi, aka "domestic goddess", and I consider myself to be a country girl at heart. I'm also a mother to 3 daughters, and I have 1 granddaughter. Being a counrty gal, I enjoy preparing down-home country meals for my family. I also enjoy sharing recipes with others, collecting cookbooks, reading about the paranormal, and spending time with my family.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cream of Broccoli and Mushroom Soup

This is a quick, easy, hearty, creamy vegetable soup to put
together. This soup can be made using just 8 ounces of frozen
chopped broccoli, and 1 (4 ounce) can of sliced mushrooms,
if desired.



Cream of Broccoli and Mushroom Soup

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of broccoli soup

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
2-1/2 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen chopped broccoli
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
black pepper, season according to taste
2 (4 ounce) cans mushroom stems and pieces, drained

In a large stock-pot, add the cans of soup.

Gradually stir in the milk.

Add the frozen broccoli and remaining ingredients, and stir.

Cook soup over low heat until it's heated through; stirring often.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve.

Yields: 7 servings.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yaaay, my first blue ribbon from Just A Pinch!

Hey everyone, I am so excited, as this past week I won my very
1st blue ribbon at one of my favorite recipe sites, JustAPinch,
for Grandma Richter's Wilted Lettuce Salad, a really delicious
salad that was originally made by son-in-law's grandmother.

Here's the link to the recipe and site...

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/green-salad/grandma-richters-wilted-lettuce-salad.html


This recipe is also posted here on my blog!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hamburger Spanish Rice With Bacon

This meaty Spanish rice has lots of flavor. Every time I make this dish, it reminds me of my childhood days when I was in grade school, and the delicious hamburger Spanish rice which was served for lunch. Prep time includes cooking the bacon, hamburger, and vegetables.



Hamburger Spanish Rice With Bacon

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

6 slices bacon
1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 of one green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes, cut-up (*See note)
2/3 cup long grain white rice

In a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon slices until crisp; drain on paper towel and set aside.

In the same skillet, along with the bacon grease, brown the hamburger and cook the vegetables; then drain off any excess grease in a colander.

Return cooked beef and vegetables to the skillet, then add the remaining ingredients.

Crumble the cooked bacon; add to the skillet, and stir.

Bring ingredients in skillet to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, and stirring occasionally.

Yields: 5-6 servings

*Note: You can substitute stewed tomatoes for the regular canned tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hamburger Helper Lasagna Soup

This 'delicious' hearty soup is made with "seasoned" ground pork sausage. It's a nice change from the usual lasagna hamburger helper soup recipe, which is made with ground beef.

Hamburger Helper Lasagna Soup

1 (6.4 oz.) box Betty Crocker Lasagna Hamburger Helper
1 lb. "seasoned" ground pork sausage (*See note)
1 medium sized red onion, diced
2 medium size garlic cloves, minced
4 cups beef broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1/2 of 1-(14.5 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups cut-up zucchini (cut into 4-inch pieces)
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, to garnish the soup

Spray the inside of a Dutch oven or soup kettle, with a no-stick cooking spray.

In the Dutch oven or kettle, add the ground beef, and season beef with a bit of black pepper.  (Do not add salt to this recipe!)

Brown the ground beef three quarters of the way, over medium heat; stirring to break up the meat.

Add the onions, and sprinkle onions with a bit of the pepper, then add the garlic.

Finish browning the beef and cooking the onions and garlic, this will just take a minute or two.

Add the following ingredients to the kettle of cooked beef, the seasoning packet from the boxed hamburger helper, the beef broth, stewed tomatoes, the Rotel Tomatoes, whole kernel corn, zucchini, and the Italian seasoning.

Bring soup to a boil; stirring the soup occasionally. 


Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the soup for 10 minutes; stirring the soup occasionally.

Add the uncooked noodles to the Dutch oven or kettle.  Bring soup to a second boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.

Remove soup from heat, stir the soup, and serve.

Top each bowl of soup, with a sprinkle of the grated parmesan cheese.

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

*Note: For this recipe, I used "seasoned" ground pork sausage, which already has garlic, onion, ground sage, salt, and black pepper added to it, but you could substitute ground beef for the sausage.  Also, any leftovers reheated, will have the consistency of a goulash, rather than a soup.

Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper Soup

I created this soup back in 2009, using a box of Betty Crocker Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper. I've also made this soup using a box of Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper as well. This soup is hearty and delicious!



Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper Soup

1 (7.2 oz.) box Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper,
or 1 (6.4 oz.) box Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper
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1 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup diced onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
several dashes ground black pepper
4-1/2 cups canned beef broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots (l used baby carrots)
1 cup whole kernel corn (frozen, or corn in a can, drained)
8 ounces frozen green beans
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

Spray the inside of a Dutch oven or soup kettle, with a no-stick cooking spray.

In the Dutch oven or kettle, add the ground beef, and season beef with a bit of black pepper. (Do not add salt to this recipe!)

Brown the ground beef three quarters of the way, over medium heat; stirring to break up the meat.

Add the onions, and sprinkle onions with a bit of the pepper, then add the garlic.

Finish browning the beef and cooking the onions and garlic, this will just take a minute or two.

In the meantime, cook the frozen green beans in a microwave, till they are about three quarters of the way done; drain beans and set them aside. (Note: I sprinkled the green beans with a bit of black pepper, before microwaving them.)

Add the following ingredients to the kettle of cooked beef, the seasoning packet from the boxed hamburger helper, the beef broth, stewed tomatoes, the Rotel Tomatoes, zucchini, sliced baby carrots, whole kernel corn, the cooked green beans, and the Italian seasoning.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 10 minutes.

Uncover the kettle, stir the soup, and add the package of penne pasta, that's included in the box of hamburger helper.

Bring soup to a second boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.

Remove soup from heat, stir the soup, and serve.

Yields: 7 - 8 servings

Note: I noticed after making this soup and using the 6.4 oz. box of Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper (with the mini lasagna noodles in the box) verses the Zesty Italian (which adds mini penne pasta to the box), the next day when I reheated the soup, I had to add a bit more liquid, as the soup had thickened, and it had the consistency of a goulash. Since the mini lasagna noodles seem to absorb the liquid, I added more broth (a 1/2 cup) plus I added some V-8 Spicy Hot Vegetable Juice.