Monday, February 27, 2012

We've had a blast of winter, so here is a wonderful soup recipe.  Early in the winter I spent the day with friends and this soup was served with green salad and crusty bread.  Great conversation, good wine, amazing friends and the best soup ever! Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup


  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrot, onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Add the rice, chicken, salt, pepper and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the milk, lemon juice and wine if desired. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until heated through.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!

Here's a good recipe for you if you're celebrating Mardi Gras this week! 

Crab Cakes with Lime Sauce Recipe

rab Cakes with Lime Sauce Recipe 


  • In a large bowl, combine the crab, onion, mustard, dressing mix, 1 cup cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Shape into six patties; coat with remaining cracker crumbs.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook crab cakes for 3-4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  • For lime sauce, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, lime peel, and remaining mayonnaise and lime juice until blended. Serve with crab cakes. Yield: 3 servings.
25 Ingredients
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 37), divided
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Snow Days

Wow, I can't believe I didn't write anything in January!  I really was super busy and distracted.  It was a beautiful month though, with only one week of cold weather.  The children at my school were so excited for snow and were busy for quite a while making snow forts and snowmen.  One little sweet pea was extra happy that the snow was sticky.  She kept saying it was just what she was hoping for!  I can remember the huge snowstorm in North Dakota in the mid sixties.  I can't actually remember the storm, but the after effects through the eyes of a child were magical.  I loved snow days as a kid.  We would huddle around the radio in the mornings, hoping and hoping they would call our school as closed.  When they finally did, there were whoops of joy and we immediately bundled into our red snowsuits and spent HOURS playing in the snow.  There's just something wonderful about snow days.  That particular year it snowed so much that the banks were often as high as roofs.  I remember watching our dad through the window rocking his old pickup back and forth until he gained purchase and was able to get unstuck and to work.  We would stay snug and warm sitting by the heating registers watching cartoons in the afternoon and waiting to see if there would be school the next day.  One clear memory was my sister and I burrowing tunnels all over the yard that winter.  In retrospect it was a stupid and dangerous thing to do, but we had tunnels dug all over under that huge snowpile.  We didn't have to drag our sleds very far to do some fun sledding, either.  Ah, those were the days.