Thursday, November 6, 2008

Soup and Scones!

This is what I am going to make this weekend so I can bring it for my Lunch nest week. I am sick of paying $10.00 for soup and a scone....

If you are ever at a Nordstrom Cafe, you should try the Tomato Basil Soup, which they always have- it is awesome. The scones are amazing too- but everything on Michigan Avenue is over priced, including lunch, so I have decided to to matters into my own hands and make them both myself!

Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup

12 cups canned peeled plum tomatoes
3 lbs carrots, chopped
3 lbs onions, chopped
4 tablespoons dry basil
1 cup olive oil
2 gallons water
1 lb chicken base
3 quarts heavy cream
4 tablespoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons black pepper

In a large stock pot, saute the olive oil, carrots, and onions at medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add the basil, salt, pepper, and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
In a large bowl, whisk the chicken base into the water until dissolved.
Add the water mixture to the stock pot, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 45 minutes.
Puree the soup using a hand blender while adding the heavy cream until it reaches a thin consistency.

(Disclaimer- not positive if the nutritional info is accurate since I found that and the recipe in different places on the web...)

Sour Cream, Cheddar, and Chive Biscuits:

Recipe from: Pinch my Salt

2 C. Bisquick

1/2 - 3/4 C. shredded cheddar cheese

2 T. snipped fresh chives

1/3 C. sour cream

1/3 C. milk

Garlic Butter (optional):In small saucepan melt 2 T. butter over low heat. Crush one small clove of garlic and add to the butter. Cook for a couple of minutes and then turn off heat. Brush biscuits with garlic butter as soon as they come out of oven.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In bowl, mix together dry biscuit mix, cheese and chives. Blend milk and sour cream together in measuring cup then pour into dry mixture. Mix with spoon until just combined (do not overmix!). Sprinkle counter with some extra Bisquick and dump mixture onto counter. Knead gently a few times until everything is fairly well incorporated. At this point more Bisquick can be added if dough is too moist to work with. Pat out to 1/2 thickness and cut into biscuits (whatever size or shape you want). Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes until golden. Brush with garlic butter (optional), place on rack to cool for a couple minutes then eat while warm.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I saw this online and many things caught my eye---but it was this that really made me stop in my tracks!

Does anyone have a pair of boot forms like this? Where did you get them? Why haven't I thought of this before! I love the look of them, and the practicality that they provide--actually preserving the form of your boots and keeping them looking brand new and uncreased!
I have found some uglier plastic versions online, but wonder if I might have to hunt in some thrift shops or estate sales to find the real deal in wood.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Tuesday!

I voted! I feel like a dork for saying so, but it was so much fun! I have never been both home and old enough to vote before, so this was really my first official election! I really enjoyed doing my part. Even though critics say that your vote doesn't count and that it is all about the electoral college, I think that you have a duty to make your voice heard. There is a reason that they have the popular vote- and I think that at least it serves as a barometer for change and keeps the electorate in check.

Anyway, I think you should feel proud no matter how you voted. I hope to be happy on my way to work tomorrow instead of disappointed. Either way- I think it is going to be a wild four years! I can't wait to see what happens!