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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Preserving Avocados

I wasn't a fan of avocados until, oh, a year or so ago ... I mean, like really a fan ... as in, every time I go to the store, I check out the avocado selection and price to see if it's worthy!

By far, Aldis has been the BEST place and price to pick them up ... and they were 59 cents each a few weeks ago , so I picked up 4 ... not knowing that I still had FIVE at home in the fridge!! YIKES! THIS is how food waste happens in real life.

See, we have upwards of 6 adults eating in this house, and friends ... so sometimes, usually most times, if I don't eat the avocado within a day or so, one of the other mini-adults will eat it and then I have none when I go back to eat it ... boo..

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So, here I was, I had NINE avocados at one time, and 4 of them were pretty darn ripe ... so I made guacamole, for ME and the girlfriend ... but of course, that's still alot of guac for 2 people, so I set aside 3/4 of the mix before adding the onions, jalapenos and cilantro and stuck it in some ice cube trays.

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Yup ... I tested out freezing the mashed avocado with a little lemon and lime juice. What, you don't add lemon and lime juice? I heard that Chipotle uses both and that's what makes theirs so yummy ... try it and let me know!

I didn't add onions, tomatoes or jalapenos, none of the stuff that makes it guac ... just the avocado and juice.

After a few hours, try to remember to transfer the cubes from the tray to a freezer bag or container.

So ... the verdict?

I took out a single cube on Monday (a week after I froze them) and put in a container to take to work in the morning, thinking by lunchtime it would be defrosted. I was looking forward to it adding some creamy goodness to my chicken and apple sausage with the sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers.

Hello! I was so stinkin excited to see it was still bright green, not watery AT ALL and still had a delicious taste to it ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Absolutely, freeze your excess mashed avocados!! I don't know if I would freeze guac but definitely encourage you to freeze plain avocados with a little lime or lemon juice (make sure you incorporate it really well so that it doesn't turn brown).

So go ahead, buy up some avocados when you see them really cheap ... there's always an upcoming event to use some of this creamy yummy fruit/veggie!

Which leads me to the question: is it a fruit or a vegetable? Go ahead, google it and then tell me YOUR opinion!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creamy Potato Soup Crockpot Style


Wow ... some of you are seeing some REAL cold weather, not to mention the snow!  We are seeing some cold weather too, by our standards, so I'm back to making soup again!

Now, THIS soup is yummy and I get really excited when I'm making it ... its just a little bowl of pure comfort food to me ... yummmy ....

The last time I made, this about a month ago, I switched it up a little and used the refrigerated steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes .... and I did it the same way THIS time as it was really good the last time!



Another thing I have to point out: toppings. I love toppings, but then again, I love a loaded baked potatoe ... so that's how you need to look at it. Do you like bacon, cheese, green onions on your baked potato? Then, by all means, add those to your cup of soup. Otherwise, eat it naked and make feel a little healthier for doing so ;-)

So...enough with the ramble ... lets get cooking!!

2 bags (20 oz each) of steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes (or you can use frozen potatoes)
2 cartons (32 oz) of chicken stock 
1 can cream o' chicken soup 
1/2 onion, chopped fine OR a real generous shake of the dehydrated onions
1/4 tsp ground black pepper 
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese ... do not use fat free as it will not melt down

As with ALL crockpot meals, just dump everything in the crockpot except the cream cheese. Give a little stir, put the lid on and set it to high for 6 hours or 8 hours on low (your choice).




After the time has gone by ... take the lid off, cut up the cream cheese in to cubes and toss those in the crock pot. Add the lid back on and walk away for an hour or so, til the cheese has melted.

Because I like my soup creamy, I grab the immersion blender and go to town making the soup nice and smooth. If you prefer, leave it chunky. It's up to you and I won't judge! :-)

IF the soup is too thick, you can add a little water, chicken broth or milk to thin out a little.

Dish up, add your toppings if using, and dig in to this little bowl of comfort ... enjoy!

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