Friday, September 14, 2012

Seven Ingredient Soup

A while back, one of my fellow foodie bloggers was talking about a comment that someone left on her blog.  They asked if she ever made anything but "run of the mill food."  Now I don't know if it was an honest question that came off in a bad way because you know the computer can't convey your tone of voice or tell if you had a smile on your face while you were typing, OR if it was meant to be a hurtful remark.  But as my mother would say, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."  Do I cook run of the mill food?  Heck yeah I do.  If I didn't, we would starve.  That doesn't mean when I have extra time I don't attempt insanely complicated things like Croquembouche.  When I feel like channeling my inner chef, I make things that would not be considered run of the mill.  But that's something I like to do.  For fun.  By all means if you want to attempt insanely complicated things like Croquembouche, then go for it.  We don't judge here at The Devilish Dish.  But if your time is limited, or attempting chef-style recipes isn't your thing then that's okay too.  I like to cook all kinds of things and share them with you.  Call this one run of the mill if you want to, I call it tasty.  And super simple.  Just don't leave any smarmy remarks on my blog, or I might hunt you down and karate chop you.  We're all food friends here.
Seven Ingredient Soup-The addition
of Minestrone makes an
unusual, but extremely
tasty addition.  It's not quite
Mexican, not quite Italian, but
it is quite good!
Only 5 ingredients plus water and salt/pepper!
Brown ground beef in a Dutch oven.
Drain off any grease.
Add Minestrone and 3 cans of water.
Add Ranch style beans.
Add Ro-Tel Tomatoes
Add tomato sauce
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper if necessary
and serve.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Raspberry Coulis (That's SAUCE to you and me!)

My Little Devil and my Favorite and Only Nephew (Pseudo-Son) don't have much in common.  They are exactly 7 years apart and as different as day and night.  However they do have a couple of things in common.  They share the same birthday, AND they both love my homemade cheesecake with this Raspberry Sauce for their birthday!  It's a super simple sauce that's wonderful over cheesecake, chocolate cake, or ice cream.  Something a little different than your standard hot fudge or whipped cream.  It's a vibrantly colored sauce that makes a beautiful presentation on your dessert plate.  I'm missing them this year, one is away at college and the other lives in Houston.  But you can bet, if they were here for dinner, this is what we'd be having for dessert!  Happy Birthday Murri & Cade!
The Raspberry Sauce Line-Up
Place the raspberries and sugar in a blender...
Pay attention, this is really hard. 
Blend until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer
to get the seeds out.

Now you have a beautiful,
yummy red raspberry sauce!
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