A glimpse into my life

Having fun cooking

on March 5, 2012

I absolutely love to cook.  I love to bake, too.  I really feel that it costs less to cook from scratch, and it tastes better too (and it’s healthier).  One of my favorite things to make is soup.  You can (almost) never mess up a soup.  Tonight I had a little ground turkey sitting in the fridge, so I made a taco soup out of it.  At one time I probably followed a recipe for it, but now I just wing it with what I have on hand.  Here’s how I made it tonight.

Taco Soup (2-3 servings)

  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 can black beans (can use kidney beans, too)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with chilies
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2-1 packet taco seasoning (I use some that I get from The Spice House)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth (I always have some in the freezer)
  1. Brown the meat with the onion and celery.
  2. Dump everything into a pot (including the juices from the tomatoes and the beans).
  3. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese.
Another thing I made tonight is maple butter.  I made this one other time, and I think it disappeared within 12 hours–it’s that good.
Maple Butter
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  1. Mix the maple syrup and butter together, using a food processor or a hand mixer.
  2. Enjoy on saltine crackers, toast, pancakes, etc.

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