Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cooking up a Storm

This morning after writing on my blog about my birthday package I decided to make a big pot of hamburg soup. I will bring a container to my parents and also some to my auntie.  For my soup I used a 46 oz. can of vegetable tomato juice, sliced green cabbage, onions, celery, diced canned tomatoes,  french style green beans, carrots, 1 clove crushed garlic, zucchini, mushroom, cannelli beans, 93% lean hamburger, salt and pepper and a little water. This soup doesn't have a lot of calories.

hamburg vegetable soup soup and homemade French bread slice

While the soup was cooking, I decided to try making a quick and easy French bread recipe from Pinterest

I had a new bag of King Arthur flour and dry yeast on hand. I have a French bread baking tube somewhere buried in the back of the kitchen cabinets, but I couldn't put my hands on it. I bought it many years ago and never used it. Anyway, the bread was easy to make, but it flattened out on the pan instead of staying nice and high. I baked the bread about 5 minutes longer than the recipe called for, but I think I could have given it a few more minutes of baking time. When the bread cooled slightly, I cut a piece and slathered butter on it, and it tastes good. I got 2 big loaves out of the batch.

french bread homemade 1

While the bread was baking and the soup simmering, I took out 4 bags of quahogs from the freezer. I didn't realize I had so many put away. Again, thanks to my son's friend, Larry.

quahogs in 6 qt colander

I rinsed them quahogs off well, put them in a 6 quart colander and started shucking away. The quahogs open easily when frozen  solid.

quahogs in lge pyrex bowl shucked frozen1 6 quart pyrex bowl filled with frozen quahogs. Now, I have to chop the quahogs and make the stuffing. When I finished I got two jelly roll sheet pans of stuffed quahogs. I ran out of bread, and so with the leftover stuffed quahogs, I will make some more in the next day or two and freeze those.

video I found on the internet..showing step by step process

stuffed quahogs 7.2012



Penny Duncan said...

Oh Elaine...all the goodies you fixed look so yummy!!!!!

Joanne Huffman said...


PeggyR said...

Wow everything sounds so good!