Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chicken Noodle Stew

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow or white onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (about 2-3 peeled carrots)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 2-3 stalks)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 16 ounces frozen egg noodles (like Reames brand)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3-4 cups cooked, chopped chicken 
  1. In a 5- or 6-quart pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot and rippling. Add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are slightly tender, 5-6 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper and chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
  2. Add the frozen noodles and simmer for 18 minutes (or according to package directions), until they are mostly tender (they'll cook a few more minutes in the next step). 
  3. In a liquid measuring cup or blender, whisk or blend the milk and flour together until smooth (no lumps!). Whisk the mixture quickly into the soup and simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and cooked chicken and heat through. Add additional salt and pepper to taste before serving. The soup will thicken as it sits (and if there are leftovers, they'll definitely thicken up even more in the refrigerator).
From:  Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

  • 2 pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of large fat pockets
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the spices all over the roast. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and pour in the 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Near the end of the cooking time for the roast, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.
  2. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, shred and place on a platter or plate. Drizzle the glaze over the pork and serve.

From: Mel's Kitchen Cafe