Monday, January 17, 2011

Chessmen Banana Pudding

My good friend Doug made this yummy and very easy dessert when he was in town this last fall, and I finally got around to asking him for the recipe! I'm a huge fan of banana in desserts and this really is quite delightful and so easy to make. Thanks Doug for the recipe!

Chessmen Banana Pudding

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
6 bananas sliced
2 cups whole milk
1 5-oz box instant French vanilla pudding
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 12-oz container whipped topping

Line bottom of 9x13 dish with one bag of cookies.
Layer bananas on top.

In a bowl combine milk and pudding and blend with an electric mixer.
In another bowl combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding and stir until well blended.
Pour the mixture over the bananas and cover with the second bag of cookies.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Turkey Meatball Soup

I’m sure you all think that I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, and I almost did! What actually happened is that I fell down the rabbit hole and ended up in the beautiful Windy City of Chicago! Yes, I’m officially a mid-westerner as of November. I got a really great job opportunity and decided to take the dive into a new adventure! I’ve been enjoying the City very much so far and am finally getting back into the kitchen, and what a beautiful kitchen it is, I feel so lucky! This time of year is always insane for me but I just wanted to send out a hello to all my internet friends and let you know that I miss blogging!

Now on to the food…This is a delicious and hearty soup that my friend Therese makes every year on Christmas Eve for her party. Well I’ve been cooking it up for several years and finally remembered to get out my camera last time I cooked and shoot some pictures to share. Cheers to a happy New Year and many bowls of warm comforting soup! Thanks Therese for this yummy recipe!

Turkey Meatball Soup

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling

1 Medium Onion, Chopped

1 Large Carrot, chopped

2 Stalks Celery with leaves, chopped

4 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary

½ Cup Chopped Fresh Basil, tightly packed

¼ Cup Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley, tightly packed

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

½ Small Head Green Cabbage, chopped

4 Swiss Chard Leaves, washed dried and chopped

1 Parmesan Rind, about 3x3 inches

10 Cups Chicken Stock

2 Teaspoons Salt

2 Pounds Small Turkey Meatballs (I love the one’s from Trader Joe’s)

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant. Add the onion, carrot, celery, herbs, garlic, and greens and cook, stirring, until the greens are beginning to wilt (5-10 minutes). Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes), reducing the heat if necessary.

Add the chicken stock, parmesan rind, and meatballs, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partly covered 30 minutes. Adjust flavor with salt.

Remove the rosemary sprig, ladle into warmed bowls and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with a bit of olive oil and serve.