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I am dense. Really, really dense. My mother likes to say that when I was little, she could leave my presents out in the open, secure in the knowledge that my nose was so far in the book I'd never notice.

To this day, I don't know if she's serious. In my case, derailing my train of thought is about as chaotic as an actual derailment; takes me a while to regroup & recover.

Anyway, the whole point is that I finally realized that one can get away with a few basic recipes that can be altered at a whim. (Yet another thing I'm bad at. Hand me a recipe, let me make it once, and I can tinker little by little. My husband can open the cupboards & fridge, take random stuff he's never used together before, and achieve Cooking Nirvana. Bastard. <3 )

So, working in a kitchen has been great for me. I now have a basic soup recipe that's probably not news to the rest of you. But I have the attention span & memory of a pregnant goldfish, so here it is:

Soup stock (chicken, veg, water + bouillon cubes, wine, whatever)
Potatoes, cut up
Carrots, cut up
Onion, cut up (seeing a pattern?)
Celery, (you guessed it) cut up
Tomatoes - now personally, I like fire roasted tomatoes, but am lazy, so I buy canned.
Protein - Now here and the spices are where you can mix it up the most. So far, I've used chicken, leftover roast beef, and lentils. I also have precooked beans portioned in the freezer. No leftover ham left, but that may change.

Toss it all in a pot, cover & set on low. Let simmer until everything is tender.

For spices, I usually use garlic, celery seed, a little salt & pepper, & a generous pinch or so of crushed red pepper. If you're using lentils and haven't precooked them, wait until near the end to add the salt & tomatoes, or the lentils might not cook properly. Saute the onion & garlic first, for a change. Use different spices. Have fun.

How could I not see this before? :headdesk: XD
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Both my husband and his brother are Angry Birds addicts. As is my SIL and my niece. My husband and BIL have the same b-day, even though they're 6 years apart, so I may just have to make this for them. 'Cuz we're all dorks like that. Be sure to check out the video at the top of the page!

Bake your own playable Angry Birds cake: masterclass tutorial | Electricpig
arirashkae: (*headdesk*)
... warm Peanut Butter Melts with chocolate chips.

(I gotted a new icon over at CustomersSuck. ^_^ )


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