Yesterday was the end of the third week of the first term of my clinical doctorate program. The work is about what I expected, but I am spending more time than I expected doing homework. It has been a long time since I wrote a paper! I got my first one back yesterday and did well, so I guess it must be like riding a bike.
We spent our entire Christmas break in Wisconsin. Being home was so much fun! When we got cabbage in our first box after we got back, I found this recipe from Allrecipes.com for a bratwurst soup. The recipe looked good, but it was missing an important Wisconsin bratwurst ingredient-beer! I have remedied that in my version. This was excellent reheated. Enjoy!
Soup in the crock pot on a windy night. Can’t beat that! I can’t believe it is already the third week of Advent. The last few weeks have just flown by. I don’t usually use the crock pot on weekends, but it definitely helps on these busy days during the holiday season (AKA, finals week).
The inspiration for this recipe came from Allrecipes.com. I used a number of items from our last 2 boxes to create this nicely spiced soup.
There is nothing quite like coming home to a crock pot full of soup in the fall. I almost didn’t get to share this recipe. When I got my computer back after its second trip to the “hospital,” the tech hadn’t reinstalled by browser bookmarks. I don’t think it is fair to post a recipe without giving credit to my inspiration, and the site was stored only in my bookmarks. Thank goodness he still had the file, because this soup is REALLY good. Thank you to About.com for posting their Sausage and Potato Soup with Kale.
I used a little different spicing, left out the bacon, and made it in the crock pot. I hope I remember my exact recipe, I made this weeks ago and didn’t write down amounts.
Part two of monsoon season started on Tuesday night. I was so happy that I had put a stew in the crock pot! I was looking for something to make with the butternut squash, and thought the spices in this recipe from eat, live, run sounded really good. The seasonings are very similar to those in a chili recipe I make a lot.
I put cloves in, to make it taste more like the chili. I couldn’t taste the cloves, so I might use more next time.
1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
½ pound baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
4 small, thin skinned potatoes, diced
3 large carrots, cut in bite sized pieces
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 whole cloves
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 quart beef broth
Place flour and beef in a medium bowl, toss to coat the meat with flour.
Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion and saute 5 minutes. Add the beef and garlic, continue to saute until the beef has browned.
Place beef mixture in bottom of the crock pot. Add bay leaf, squash, mushrooms, potatoes, and carrots. Sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce, cloves, pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Pour broth over all.
Cook in crock pot at low for 9 hours, until cooked through.
I requested cabbage in our box this week, not quite sure what I was going to do with it. Could have made cole slaw (it is hot enough!), but wanted to do a hot main dish instead. Must be my German heritage coming out, though my mother rarely made cabbage. (My Dad would not have eaten it!) I found this recipe from Hubpages.com for a Polish dish. I found several other recipes as well, including one with a little crushed red pepper in it. I used the method from the Hubpages recipe, but a combination of ingredients from several dishes for this recipe. Note that this method takes a LONG time to cook at a very low temperature.
Just an FYI-I am cutting back on the frequency of my postings. I will be starting a statistics class in a couple of weeks, hopefully with more classes to follow. Trying to turn this into a positive for my blog-if I publish less, I’m hoping the recipes will be more interesting.