What’s for supper? Vol. 8: The Fanciest Soup Picture I Have Ever Taken

What’s for supper? Vol. 8: The Fanciest Soup Picture I Have Ever Taken October 16, 2015

whats for supper

Question of the week:
What childhood meal are you always trying to recreate?

For me, it’s beef stroganoff. I’ve used lots of different recipes, many fancier than the one my mother used, but I haven’t been able to get it to taste quite as good. Maybe the missing ingredient is walking home from school, trudging up the hill in the snow (we really did live on top of a big hill!), slogging up the porch steps, opening the front door, and stepping into a warm cloud of stroganoff aroma. Mmmmmmmmm.

Grilled ham and cheese, potato chips

Like I said, grilled ham and cheese, potato chips. We did some prep work for the Sunday meal: I made the risotto for the suppli, and Damien prepped the pork roast so it could sit overnight.


Columbus Day Feast!

Porchetta Pork  I had my doubts about this recipe, because I don’t like that licorice smell of fennel; but by the time it came out of the oven, it had melded together with a symphony of other smells and flavors, and it was

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it was





oh, sorry, I fell into a short coma thinking about how this pork tasted.

Suppli. I made 28. They looked great, because I didn’t crowd them in the pan for once;

food blog suppli frying
but I was so determined to prevent them from falling apart in the pan that I chilled the risotto too long, and the cheese in the middle didn’t melt completely, even after I put them in the oven after frying. Kind of sad. Still delicious.

Caprese Salad (fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper)

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(this photo is blurry because my eyes glazed over with desire)

and Bruschetta with two kinds of pesto (from jars) and marinated artichokes.
Not the most coherent combination of foods, and it was funny to have an Italian meal without any pasta, but it was all good stuff.


Lemon and strawberry ices.
We were supposed to have cannoli, but no one in town had cannoli shells. I did find this list of 22 things to do with cannoli filling, but didn’t have time. I would gladly devour any of these.


French Toast Casserole, Cantaloupe, Leftovers

Last time I shared  a French toast casserole recipe, I shared the wrong one. I like this one better. I also recommend not using rye bread or tortillas. Bleh.

Cantaloupe: I have recently discovered that it’s faster to take the fruit off the peel than vice versa. So you cut the cantaloupe into quarters, scoop out the seeds, and then slice a grid into the fruit, making sure you go all the way down to the rind. Then you just slide the knife in the end and make the final cut to separate all the chunks from the rind.

Making sure, of course, to be careful where you point your knife.


“Seppuku-2” by signed Kunikazu Utagawa (歌川 国員), pupil of Kunisada – scan of photograph of ukiyoe woodblock print now in my possession, original work by artist kunikazu utagawa. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – 

Ham and mashed potatoes

And the dog said, “O fair and mighty goddess of ham, I abase myself before thee! Ohhh, do I abase myself!”

food blog boomer ham
P.S. Can I start a Gofundme for a new kitchen floor? Echh.


Frozen chicken burgers, cheez puffs or something, and salad

See that? Salad!

applause sign

Image by darkuncle (license)

Chicken Tortilla Soup and Cornbread Muffins

Tortilla soup:

I wouldn’t say I followed this recipe from Pioneer Woman, so much as I skulked around in its general vicinity. I skipped a few ingredients, made a few substitutions, eyeballed measurements, and more or less just chucked everything in together at once. It was DELICIOUS. We put sour cream on top. Just fantastic.

I like how she says

Cut the tortillas into uniform 2- to 3-inch strips. Stir most of them into the soup just before serving. This is what makes tortilla soup tortilla soup!

This is why she’s the expert and you’re just an idiot.

But check out this picture I took! It is easily the fanciest soup picture I have ever taken:

food blog tortilla soup
Corn muffins:

Clara made the corn bread muffins from the recipe on the side of the Quaker container . What do you call a cylindrical cardboard container, anyway? I feel like there is a word.

I tried to take a photo of her holding the fruits of her labor, so of course Irene shoved in and gave the corn muffins bunny ears, because CAMERA.

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Spaghetti with jarred sauce, salad

Just resting on my homemade soup laurels.


There you have it. Don’t forget the question of the week! And if you link up, please do link back to this post. Happy weekend!

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  • Suzanne Emery Andrews

    The meal I’ve never been able to recreate is what was called “sopas” (which only means “soup”) that was always served at the Portuguese after-parade parties at the parish hall.

  • Amanda

    Childhood meal I attempt to recreate–my dad’s homemade spaghetti and tomato sauce. I haven’t actually attempted doing the pasta from scratch like he does, and I do a pretty decent job of making a yummy sauce, but it’s definitely not the same.
    Cylindrical container–canister? That’s probably what I would call it, even cardboard.

    This week’s meals:
    Saturday–a marriage building date night at a nearby parish with cheap childcare provided, woohoo! They served us some sort of thin breaded chicken, garlicky mashed potatoes, a decent salad, green beans and broccoli, rolls, and cookies for dessert. Would have been tastier if the hot components actually were hot by the time they got to us, but I sympathize with the logistics struggles, and it was certainly healthier than most meals I make, so not complaining! Plus no whiny toddler at the table, and no cooking or cleaning up, so it was awesome!
    Sunday–chipotle ground beef enchiladas.
    Monday–chicken breast seasoned with salt, pepper, and cajun seasonings and seared, topped with cooked bacon and brie, wrapped in squares of puff pastry, brushed with chicken drippings from the sear, baked in the oven. Super easy and delicious recipe I got from a Rachel Ray magazine quite a while ago.
    Tuesday–Italian sausage tortellini soup and cheesy garlic toast.
    Wednesday–a friend of my husband’s was in a nearby town on business so my husband went to go meet him for dinner. The toddler and I made biscuit pizzas which she then refused to eat.
    Thursday–Finally used up the rest of the can of chipotle chiles from two meals ago in an absolutely delicious chicken quesadilla recipe: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/02/chipotle-chicken-quesadillas.html (only change I made was yellow onion instead of red because my husband hates red onions). A side of underwhelming Mexican potatoes I won’t bother to share the recipe for.
    Tonight–my apparently very popular husband has a different friend in town for a job interview and he’s staying with us tonight and taking us all out to dinner as a thank you. Looking forward to some awesome Tex-Mex and jalapeno ranch sauce!

  • ARM

    I have had the exact same experience with beef stroganoff. My conclusion – after many efforts – is that stroganoff was never actually all that good, and only tasted good in the context of other late-seventies/early-eighties food. Just because something tastes good compared to mushroom soup casseroles doesn’t mean it is good absolutely speaking.

  • The childhood meal I can’t re-create is my mom’s beef stew. She photocopied the recipe out of the cookbook (“Meals Men Like”) and wrote all her notes about what she does different. And it just NEVER works. Since only 2/5 of us even like stew, I guess it’s no tragedy, but I would love to manage to get this right.

  • Marie Bernadette

    That caprese salad… *drools*

    For the first time – and possibly last, since I’m not sure I want the world to know how lazy I was this week – I wrote this up. With a recipe! https://catholiccoffeetalk.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/whats-for-supper-34wks-pregnant-edition-with-enchilada-recipe/

  • Sara McD

    I think the word is canister. Or maybe cardboard canister.

    My arancini were a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. But they were still delicious. We put pine nuts in them!

    • Colleen Snow

      I concur: canister.

  • anna lisa

    The most exciting thing I made this week was shrimp, and Santa Barbara mussels served over rice. I threw in frozen peas chopped cherry tomatoes and bell pepper. I cooked them in a lemon beurre blanc with three cups of homemade chicken broth and seasoned it with Indian curry and cilantro.
    At the end of the evening I put the extra rice in with the sauce, so the next day it would be more like risotto. There wasn’t quite enough to go around so I bought some salmon and manilla clams the next day. I steamed the clams in wine, broth and onion, and then added that to the creamy rice.

    I’m always mystified over how all the kids like shellfish, but they just do. It was a big hit, and my husband got all food-lovey over it.

    We usually don’t have desert, unless we have guests, or there is a bday. But I’ve been know to take a kid aside and whisper a bribe into his ear if he finishes a hard-sell meal.

    The childhood meal that I can’t recreate is my Mom’s chili with beans from cans!

  • Emily Kimmel

    I actually remembered what we had for dinner this week! Yay!

    Monday- Falafel that I didn’t chill long enough and fell apart in the fryer with hummus, bread, cheese, tzatichi (a cucumber salad, you basically take sliced cucumbers, yogurt, dill, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice and mix), and carrot and celery sticks. We ended up making falafel burnt crumb-hummus-cucumber sandwiches. Not authentic, but it tasted good.

    Tuesday- Chicken enchaladas with rice and beans. And half an avocado.

    Wendsday- We got Whataburger (hamburgers from a fast food chain in Texas). Please don’t judge.

    Thursday- substantiated frozen pizza and bagged salad. You substantiate a frozen pizza by looking in your fridge at all the random stuff in there and going ‘what would be good on a pizza/ what do I need to use up?’ and then add five min to the cook time listed on the box. This particular pizza ended up with bacon, baloney, pickled jalapeno, green bell pepper, about a fourth of a can of pasta sauce that had been sitting in the fridge forever, leftover taco meat from a couple weeks ago, and a few chopped up frozen meatballs I got on sale. Turned out pretty good.

    Tonight- Lentils and rice with (maybe) pita bread.

    Childhood meal I can’t recreate- not really a meal, but my dad’s snickerdoodle cookies.

  • Anna

    Childhood meal: spaghetti and meatballs. I’m fine on the spaghetti, it’s the meatballs I can’t manage, partly b/c I always burn them and partly b/c I am too lazy to form meatballs if they are only going to be burned anyway.
    Sat: Little Caesar’s since we went to evening Mass before driving to my in-laws’ house on Sun. Served with a side of mixed weeping and cursing from my husband at our football team losing (again) in the last 15 seconds of the game.
    Sun: “Thanksgiving” dinner at my in-laws.
    Mon: ginger sesame chicken with rice. From the freezer meal stash, which I am going to be busy using up b/c we’ve ordered a half beef and the freezer needs to be empty before it arrives.
    Tues: pork cutlets, pan fried, with baked potatoes and gingerbread muffins.
    Wed: had a gift card, so we went to Village Inn (after spending some time hunting for the card which St Anthony finally found) for dinner-with-free-slice-of-pie. St Anthony had the last laugh since some kind people quietly paid for our meal and we didn’t use that card. Don’t know if it was b/c they had twins too and decided to do fellow twin parents a good turn, or if it was b/c my husband noticed their 2 y-o choking and told them, but we prayed for them at family prayers that night.
    Thurs: leftover chicken and cutlets
    Fri: pasta with cream and tuna and parmesan.

    • kiwords

      The two year old choking story made me cry. It’s been a long week. But thanks be to God that you were there!

  • Eileen

    Not trying to be funny here. I don’t try to recreate any of my childhood meals. My mom was a real Irish (read lousy) cook who pretty much boiled the flavor out of everything and then we all heavily salted whatever she made to try to put some flavor back in . Couple the bad cooking with absolutely no money at all for decent food and I have no desire to relive my childhood eating experiences. That said, I do find when I make something out of a box that I think of my childhood. Like yesterday, I made Jello pudding, which was a big treat in our house growing up. These days,I try not to eat dessert on weekdays, but I cheated and licked the pot and as I was doing so, I reflected on how much better pudding is when it’s made with real milk, instead of powdered.

    Our week in food was pretty bland, and I was proud of myself for using up what we had in the house, and we did have some unexpected excitement on Saturday. Thank God I’m a bit of an extreme couponer/hoarder. Unexpectedly hosted the crew team for a lunch with about 2 hours notice. In richer times, I’d have ordered pizza and cheesesteaks, but that’s not in the budget right now so I threw BJ’s frozen meatballs and some Ragu into two crockpots. Ran out to pick up *4 dozen* rolls and raided my freezer for pizza bagels and dino shaped chicken nuggets. To my surprise a couple of crew parents showed up too (what did my son tell them?) and so I put out some fresh spinach and threw some shredded cheese and grape tomatoes on it, but even though there were grownups there, the salad didn’t really get eaten. They did, however, eat every single pizza bagel and nugget. I had 3 rolls and about 8 meatballs left. Total Saturday outlay of cash to feed that army was less than 10 dollars. I hope they liked the food enough that they didn’t notice all the clutter in the house which my husband and I had shoveled into out of the way nooks and crannies. 🙂 In any case, I loved getting to know his friends and some of their families a little better.

    BJ’s had the Eggland’s Best eggs (our favorite) on sale a while back and so I loaded up while I could. Normally we eat 3 to 4 dozen eggs a week so I wasn’t worried about all those eggs expiring, but somehow I was left with 5 dozen eggs that were date stamped two weeks ago, and so this week I made quiche two nights. I was out of Jiffy mix and I was too lazy to make a crust from scratch so I used Pillsbury crescent rolls (another one of my extreme coupon items) for the crusts. Dee-licious! I don’t know why I never tried using them that way before.

    p.s. That caprese salad looks fabulous!

    • Anna

      My mom told me once that, as a new bride, she asked her mil for the recipes my dad loved. Grammy snapped that she didn’t have any recipes and at the time my mom thought mil just didn’t like her. Years later, she realized it was probably because Grammy’s cooking then was so awful (she discovered spices sometime when I was an adult) that he didn’t have any favorites and Grammy was hurt by that and not cranky at my mom. I gather my mom’s mom’s cooking was much the same; I’ve heard awful stories of the meatloaf (worcestershire-soaked soggy bread chunks) and macaroni and cheese and liver.

      • Eileen

        LOL. Were they Irish? I think it’s fairly common in Irish circles to have a mom (or grandmom) who just didn’t enjoy cooking and put as little effort into it as possible. I suspect all those years of famine on that tiny island removed food as the centerpiece of gatherings for a lot of Irish families. I know rather than gathering around a plate of food we were much more likely to gather around a pot of tea or as we kids got older a bottle of something. My mom is a remarkable woman and when I think how much she must’ve detested feeding nine mouths every day of her life for years on end – and doing so on a shoestring and after working all day at a minimum wage job – all those lousy meals leave me with nothing but gratitude and respect for her.

        • anna lisa

          Wish I could up-vote that a bunch of times. I don’t think she necessarily detested it though. When my husband lost his job in’09, it *simplified* so many things. Poverty is a cross, but sometimes the simplicity of what it reduces you to is a huge relief compared to your former life was, with all the things/people/banks that you were trying to please .

          Bless her for her unembellished devotion! It will look like something SO much better than a stupid Lexus in the next life!
          (and God bless Irish beer, which made/makes up for a lot of B.sh*t)

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  • Lani

    I was never a huge fan of stroganoff, but I discovered this recipe for meatball stroganoff about 15 years ago, and everyone in our family loves it!


    I can never recreate my mom’s Vietnamese shrimp soup with homemade noodles (Chao Banh Canh). I wrote down the recipe once while she was making it, so I can get pretty close (and still taste good), but when she makes the noodles, it’s so effortless, and takes half as long as I do.

    Our week in food (it’s been an Asian inspired week!):

    Saturday: Pasta with Sausage, Tomato, and Cream (used linguine instead of farfalle. Very good.)


    Sunday: Kalbi (my own marinade), jasmine rice, and romaine lettuce.

    Monday: Sauteed egg noodles with char siu and Chinese broccoli

    Tuesday: Hoisin Pork Chops with whipped potatoes. Very good. just make sure not to overcook the pork chops.


    Wednesday: Tortilla Soup with Roasted Pork (I tweaked an old recipe)

    Thursday: Won ton noodle soup

    Friday: Fried Golden Pompano and jasmine rice

  • Emily Kimmel

    I now have a bunch of recipes to try…

  • sarah

    I looked at that soup recipe coz it looks so good, but did you spend 2.5 hours making it? I’m not sure I can handle.
    Your picture looks awesome, better than the original!