Quick Cheese Chowder

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: March 5, 2018
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A quick and satisfying soup for lunch or brunch.

Quick Cheese Chowder

Quick Cheese Chowder
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups medium white sauce
1 1/2 cups water
2 medium potatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped, cooked ham
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
hot pepper sauce to taste

Prepare White Sauce
Stir 4 Tbsp flour into 4 Tbsp oil or melted butter (or blend of both) until bubbly.
Add 2 cups milk, stirring constantly until sauce begins to thicken. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes to fully cook starch.
Add grated cheese and stir until melted. Set aside.

Bring water to boil in a 3-quart saucepan, adding vegetables. Lower heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

Add cheese sauce to vegetables. Add ham and seasonings. Mix well and heat through.


Mild Vegetable and Meat Combo

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: January 25, 2018
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

I think I spent twice as much time chopping and slicing the vegetables as I did on cooking this dish. The actual time at the stove is about 20 minutes and you need to have all your ingredients on hand for quick work. For me, it was also an unusual process. But the finished dish is well worth the making of it.

Mild Vegetable Meat Combo

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Golden Parsley Potatoes

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 3, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:1 hour

A nice variation on scalloped potatoes. To provide flavour beyond pepper and salt, I enhanced the recipe in the following ways: added rosemary to the cooking water for the potatoes, added a pinch each of garlic powder and cayenne pepper along with pepper and salt to the main dish and the cottage cheese topping. I think my main problem was too many potatoes (I used four and three would have been adequate) without increasing the amounts of shredded cheese and cottage cheese topping as well.

Golden Parsley Potatoes

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Lentil and Potato Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date: December 11, 2017
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

This is truly a lovely soup, especially on a cold day. If you don’t have a very large soup pot, you may have to cut the recipe in half to fit whatever pot is available. If you have no spiced butter on hand, make some a day or two before making the soup. (Recipe below)

Lentil and Potato Soup

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Tandoori Aloo

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: November 16, 2013
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to make: 30 minutes.

I am still discovering my own neighbourhood.  A few weeks ago I found a lovely Indian grocery store within walking distance.  And I found not only an ingredient which was new to me, chaat masala, but lots of other fascinating new things to try.

On my first try, I don’t think I mastered the instructions to let the potato shells crisp without letting them turn colour, nor do I have a proper grill, so under the broiler has to do.  Nevertheless, although I found the recipe a bit fussy to put together, it is certainly a treat to the taste buds.  And practice, no doubt, will make it seem easier.

Tandoori Aloo (stuffed potatoes)

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