a little of each

A family's cookbook

Hard Rock Café Chili March 27, 2013

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2 Tbl Vegetable oil

1 large sweet onion, chopped

3 large garlic cloves, crushed

2 ½ lbs lean ground beef

2 Tbl tomato paste

2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbl barbeque sauce

4 Tbl brown sugar, packed

2 Tbl soy sauce

2 tsp celery salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp seasoned salt

1 dash of red cayenne pepper

2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 Tbl chili powder



Heat the oil in a large pot. Cook the onion and garlic for five minutes or until soft. Add the ground beef. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned. In a small bowl combine the next 10 ingredients (tomato paste through red cayenne pepper). Mix well. If needed, drain any fat from the meat mixture, and then stir in the seasoning in the small bowl. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and their liquid. Add the beans. Stir. Reduce the heat to low, and cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring several times. Add the bell pepper. Simmer over low heat until ready to serve. Garnish the chili with shredded sharp cheese, chopped onion and sour cream.


Sausage and Kale Soup

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1 ½ cup chopped fresh kale

1 cup sliced leeks, white and light green parts

8 oz sliced mushrooms

2 apple and chicken sausage links, sliced or diced

2 cloves garlic

2 cans chicken broth

1 cup milk



Sauté the leeks and garlic in a little butter or olive oil, add mushrooms and sausage and continue sautéing. Pour in broth, add kale and cook until kale is wilted (like spinach). Add milk at the end, so it doesn’t get too hot and curdle.


Black Bean Soup for Slow Cooker

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The recipe looks a little bland, but the resulting soup is delicious. The measurements are all approximations, as are the cooking times. When it goes into the pot it looks like a clear broth soup, but when it’s done everything is black, and I mean everything. You can use the immersion blender to smooth a little of it.



1 medium onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced

2 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

1 (~10 oz) bag of dry black beans

Turkey sausage or kielbasa, sliced

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp cumin

Chicken stock



Sour cream

Diced tomatoes


Hot sauce



Sauté the onions and garlic on the stovetop until they are translucent, or put them directly into the crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients with enough chicken stock to cover the dry ingredients. Stir. Cook on low for about six hours. Serve with toppings.


Shaker Chicken and Noodle Soup

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13 cups chicken stock

¼ cup dry vermouth

¼ cup butter

1 cup heavy cream

½ lb medium egg noodles (about 4 cups)

¾ cup flour

1 ¼ cups water

2 cups diced, cooked chicken

salt and pepper to taste

chopped parsley



Combine one cup of the stock, the vermouth and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil rapidly until mixture is reduced to about ¼ cup. It should have a syrupy consistency. Stir in the cream and set aside. Meanwhile, heat remaining stock to a boil. Add noodles and cook just until tender. In a separate bowl, blend flour with water until smooth. Stir into noodles. Stir until mixture boils one or two minutes. Add cream mixture and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Heat to serving temperature. Garnish with chopped parsley.


Roasted Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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1 (6 oz) box wild rice mix

1 Tbl olive oil

1 ½ cups red onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup carrot, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 (8 oz) package of mushrooms, halved

¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp dried tarragon

¼ tsp dried thyme

2 cups water

2 Tbl dry sherry

2 cans chicken broth

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

3 cups shredded roasted chicken



Prepare rice according to box instructions. Set aside. Heat oil in large pot. Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and mushrooms and sauté for six minutes or until onion is translucent. Add flour, tarragon, thyme to vegetable mixture and cook for one minute, stirring frequently. Add liquid ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in cooked rice and chicken. Cook for 10 minutes.


Chicken Ball Soup

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1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms (1/4 lb)

½ cup sliced green onions

2 Tbl olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp each: salt, pepper, oregano

8 cups chicken stock

3 oz egg pastina (3/4 cup)

40 chicken balls

2 egg yolks

1 cup light cream

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste



Sauté mushrooms and onions in oil in skillet until tender. Sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, oregano and pepper while cooking. Meanwhile, heat chicken stock to boiling. Add mushroom mixture and pastina. Boil two to three minutes. Add chicken balls and continue cooking until balls are done. Turn off heat. In a separate bowl combine yolks, cream and cheese. Blend well, then whisk or beat into hot soup. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk while heating to serving temperature. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.


For the Chicken Balls:

(makes about 40)

1 cup ground, boned chicken breast

2 Tbl chopped parsley

2 egg whites

½ cup fine dry bread crumbs

1 Tbl grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper


Combine all ingredients and blend very well. Chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into small balls. Chill. Cook balls, either in the soup or in boiling salted water, until they float to the top, about 10 minutes. Cooked balls freeze very well.


Thai Chicken and Coconut Curry Soup

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4 cups chicken stock

5 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into large chunks

2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 Tbl Thai green curry paste

2 tsp whole coriander seeds

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

½ tsp whole black peppercorns

¾ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems, plus additional ½ cup chopped for garnish

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

¾ cup thinly sliced shallots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 (4 – 6 oz) boneless chicken breast, cut into ¼-inch strips

2 Tbl Asian fish sauce (nam pla)

2 Tbl fresh lime juice

2 tsp brown sugar

1 jalapeño, sliced into rings (optional)

1 small tomato, seeded and diced, for garnish

½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted, for garnish



In a large heavy-bottom pot over high heat, combine chicken stock, garlic, ginger, curry paste, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and cilantro. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Strain broth over a bowl through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Return broth to pot; add coconut milk, shallots, mushrooms and chicken. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and jalapeño, if desired; stir until sugar is dissolved, then add mixture to soup. Garnish with tomato, coconut shavings and cilantro; serve hot.


Mama Pappas’ Greek Lemon Soup

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Nana Hazel’s favorite version. She often used four to five cans of chicken broth and two boneless chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken. She found it much easier and just as tasty. Nana also added grated carrot to this soup.



1 (3 lb) whole chicken

3 quarts water

4 eggs

½ cup lemon juice

½ box orzo pasta

salt and pepper to taste



Cook chicken in water (covered) for two hours. Let cool. Remove chicken from broth and pick meat from bones. Set aside. Add water to chicken broth to make three quarts. Bring to a boil and add orzo pasta. Simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.*  Beat eggs with one tablespoon water until light. Add lemon juice. Add some hot broth to this mixture and pour entire egg mixture into broth. Add chicken to soup if desired. Salt and pepper to taste.



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Bright fresh lemon, clean parsley, bright bits of carrot, smooth broth, and hearty chicken and rice.  We may not be Greek in any way, shape, or form, but we make a mighty tasty, if nontraditional, Greek lemon chicken soup.



2 cups milk

2 Tbl cornstarch

6 egg yolks, beaten

2 quarts chicken broth

½ cup rice

1 cup grated carrots

2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces

½ stick butter

fresh parsley

1 cup fresh lemon juice

lemon zest

salt and pepper


Stir milk and cornstarch together, then beat in the egg yolks. Set mixture aside. Bring broth to a boil and add rice and carrots. Cook covered, until the rice and carrots are tender. Remove soup from heat and carefully add milk and egg mixture. Return to heat and continue to cook until it thickens. Remove from the heat and add chicken, butter, parsley, lemon, and salt and pepper and serve.


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Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

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Makes two quarts. This soup should not be frozen.



3 Tbl butter

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

1 small onion, shopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups half and half

2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

3 packages frozen cream-style corn, cooked

1 can green chiles, chopped

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp hot sauce

¼ tsp salt

2 Tbl fresh cilantro, chopped



Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic, and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in the half and half and the next six ingredients (cheese through salt). Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in the cilantro, and serve.