Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

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I was looking through Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Book and I came across a recipe I wanted to try. It is a Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup. It looked pretty easy and tasty, and I wanted to give it a shot, even though this is one of the hottest weeks on record in my area!

 

Recipe

I quite enjoyed it!

 

Ingredients

It has several of my favourite things – peppers, tortillas, corn, tomatoes, and avocado! I LOVE avocado!

 

Roasted Poblanos

I know the recipe suggests using corn on the cob if it is in season, and it certainly is in season right now. But I chose to use frozen instead. I can be terribly accident prone, and I just had a feeling that if I tried to cut the kernels from the cob, I would lose a finger too! So I figured that frozen was the safe way to go. And I still have all my fingers, so I guess I was right!

 

Cooked Soup

I used the crushed tomatoes, and I couldn’t find fire-roasted ones, so I just used normal ones. And I didn’t feel like buying a whole bunch of cilantro for 2 tablespoons worth of it. So I just skipped that bit of garnish.

 

Tortilla Chips

I think the recipe was very good the way I made it, and I definitely would make it again! As Rachael would say – Yummo!

 

Final Product

Happy Cooking!

Caramelized Onion & Olive Tart

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I was pretty bored at work one day a few weeks ago, so I decided to peruse the Kraft website to pick out some new recipes I wanted to try. I decided on this recipe for a Caramelized Onion & Olive Tart. I know that’s a weird choice for me, considering I hate olives and onions often give me heartburn. But I decided to go with it anyways! Usually caramelized onions are ok, and I just omitted the olives.

 

Close Up!

It was alright.

 

I didn’t really have any trouble with it, and it was certainly edible. But we didn’t eat the leftovers, and I wouldn’t make it again the same way.

 

Carmelizing Onions

I think there was just too much onion and not enough variety of flavours with it.

 

However, I have learned that puff pastry isn’t nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be! Of course, I bought the frozen kind. Making my own is still pretty daunting. Today at lest. But I do love the frozen kind, and I will definitely use it again!

 

Finished Tart

Happy Cooking!

Chocolate Shortcake

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I went to a friend’s house yesterday for a pool party.Earlier in the week, I had been browsing the Kraft website for new recipes, and
I found one that looked excellent for a Brownie Shortcake Dessert. I figured this would be an excellent chance to give it a shot! And I’m glad I did!

 

Ingredients

The recipe calls for the following ingredients:

1 pkg. (450 g) brownie mix

1 cup sour cream, divided

1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping, divided

1 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

3 kiwis, peeled, sliced

 

So I went shopping for all the ingredients. The store I was at had strawberries there, but they all looked positively terrible! Mouldy,
soggy, bruised. Overall, nasty. So I made the executive decision to use raspberries instead. The raspberries looked much better. And they were good raspberries.

 

And I thought this recipe required cream cheese for some reason, so when I took the picture with all the ingredients, I took the cream cheese out. I was wrong.  I bought it for an onion tart I’m making later this week, so you can expect to see that same
tub in another picture in a few days!

 

So I got up Saturday morning and followed the direction for the brownie, and baked it before breakfast. When I took it out of the oven, after letting it cool for a few minutes, I took it out of the pan and put it on a rack, as per the recipe. But I didn’t like how thin it looked. I have a bit of an unsteady hand, and thought that when I would cut it in half to make the layers, I would brutalize it and have brownie crumbs. When I was mixing together the filling, I kept on looking over to eye it up. And when I was cutting the
kiwis, I would peek over to see if I could catch it growing or something, to make my life easier. No such luck. When the time came, I started to try to cut it in half, and I knew where it was going. It was going to tears.

 

Thin Brownie

So I cut my losses, busted out a spare cake mix from the cupboard, and went to town making a chocolate cake, using two 9 inch cake pans!

 

And I even effed that up! I figured since I was making something very similar to what I had just finished making, chocolate brownies to chocolate cake, I wouldn’t bother washing the pan out, and just spray it with more Pam. Oops. One of the halves of the cake stuck to the pan. So I just used the one layer that worked and cut it in half. I guess because it was softer and thicker than the brownie, I definitely did much better with the slice.

 

Everyone at the party loved it! One person who claimed he doesn’t eat desserts even went back for seconds! So I wouldn’t make this with the brownie again, but I would make it with the cake!

 

Final Product

Happy Cooking!