Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mastering the Basics: Waffles

One of my favorite kitchen items is definitely my waffle maker. I love being able to quickly make a batch of waffles for breakfast – or even dinner! I don’t always get to make waffles as often as I’d like but when I do I usually double the recipe and then put the extras into the freezer to pull out when we’re having a waffle emergency (you have those too, right?
This recipe was so quick. I actually found it through Pinterest and then browsed the comments on Allrecipes. This recipe has lots of rave reviews, so I was pretty confident it would turn out ok. And did it ever! The waffles were fluffy and delicious and we loved them. I doubled the recipe and have quite a few in the freezer now. Yay! To freeze I just place two waffles into a ziplock bag, push out as much air as possible and freeze.
Definitely give this recipe a try. It took no time at all and I think it will become a regular in our rotation.
Easy Waffles
From Allrecipes via My Missouri Kitchen and found on Pinterest
2 Eggs 2 Cups AP Flour 1 3/4 Cups Milk 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Tablespoon Sugar 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract Directions Heat your waffle maker per the machine’s instructions. Spray with no cook spray if necessary. In a large bowl beat the eggs until fluffy. Mix in other ingredients until smooth. When the waffle maker is ready pour in the batter (whatever amount goes in your waffle maker). Cook until golden brown. Top with syrup or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tortellini and Sausage Soup

It has been cold here lately. Like, really cold. Single digit cold. Add to that Doug and I fighting off the cold/sinus thing that has been going around and I decided that we were in major need of a warm, hearty soup.

This soup fits the bill. I saved this a few weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to making it. I’m so glad I finally did. This soup is easy to throw together, tastes fantastic and is very filling. This will definitely be made again and I highly recommend it to you.Try it, you won’t be sorry.

I did make a few changes because of a few things I couldn’t find in the grocery stores here, so check out the original recipe too.



Tortellini and Sausage Soup

From : Your Homebased Mom


1 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage

1 1/2 Cups Carrots, thinly sliced

1 Small Onion, chopped

2 Cups Tomatoes, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

1/2 Cup Water

5 Cups Chicken Broth

1 (8) Ounce Can Tomato Sauce

8 Ounce Meat or Cheese Tortellini, fresh or frozen

Very thinly slice Mozzarella, as much as you’d like


Brown sausage, drain.

In the pan you will make the soup in sauté the onions and garlic in a small amount of olive oil.

Add carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and broth.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes..

Skim off any fat if needed and add tortellini. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes (30 if using frozen pasta).

Spoon into bowls and top with thin slices of mozzarella.