Homemade Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe

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I don’t normally buy cream soups, so this is perfect for me to keep on hand for cooking.

I had some cubed steaks in the freezer from our 1/2 cow that we bought. I put them in the crockpot with the soup made from this mix. They were so good!

When we have deer meat, I also like to cook it in the crockpot with this cream soup. Any meat, actually, is good cooked in this cream soup.

I don’t like mushrooms, so this cream soup is perfect for me to use in place of cream of mushroom soup in recipes.

 

Homemade Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe

 

Cream of Whatever Soup Recipe

2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine these and store in an airtight container.

To use for soup, combine 1/3 C mix and 1-1/2 C water. Bring to a boil while stirring often. Add a vegetable for more flavor, such as diced celery, sliced mushrooms , or some diced broccoli.

To substitute for canned cream soup: Mix 1/3 cup mix with 1 1/4 cups water. Boil for a few minutes, stirring well to prevent sticking.

The chicken bouillon can be replace with beef, or vegetable.

If you only have bouillon cubes, you can unwrap the cubes, place in a zip top freezer bag, and crush.

 

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12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again

 

Everyone in my family has their favorite foods that they like to eat all the time. So I find myself make these recipes again and again.

 

I hope you find some new favorites for your family!

 

12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again

 

12 of My Favorite Recipes that I Use Again and Again

 

Cincinnati-Style Chili – This chili served over spaghetti is so good! It has a different taste to it than the chili with beans that is eaten like a soup/stew. I didn’t put a lot of cheese on it for the picture so you could actually see the chili, but cheese piled high and covering it all is the traditional way to serve Cincinnati-Style Chili.

Cincinnati Style Chili

 

Jag – is a recipe I got from my mother in law years ago. They got it from a lady from Portugal when she made it for them. They said she made hers with fish. Jag is an easy, one pan dish that everyone will love. Even kids!

 

Jag One Pan Rice Dish Recipe

 

Skillet Sausage Pasta – This easy skillet dinner is so good! My whole family loves it.

 

Skillet Sausage Pasta

 

Chicken Pasta Salad – I’ve been making this recipe for over 20 years. It’s one of our favorite summer meals. So good!

 

Chicken Pasta Salad

 

Macaroni Salad – This is the best macaroni salad I have ever had! I got this recipe about 10 years ago from an email group I was in. It has just the right balance of vinegar and sugar.

 

Macaroni Salad

 

 

Fried Green Tomatoes – This is a southern dish that others in the country are finding out about. My husband loves these! He would pick all the tomatoes in our garden when they were green if I let him! Sliced green tomatoes freeze great, so we can enjoy these all winter.

 

fried green tomatoes

 

World’s Easiest Candy – This candy is a favorite of my whole family, and everyone that we have given it to. Like the name says, it the easiest candy to make.

 

World's Easiest Candy

 

Chocolate Marble Loaf – I started making this recipe over 30 years ago. This cake baked in a loaf pan is so moist and delicious. You don’t frost it, though. Served with whipped cream, and maybe a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and it’s a dessert great for the family and company alike.

 

Chocolate Marble Loaf

 

Gluten Free Applesauce Gingerbread – I love making this around the holidays as these are the flavors that are usually served that time of year. I have made this cake with regular all purpose wheat flour and gluten free all purpose flour. It’s yummy either way.

 

Gluten Free Applesauce Gingerbread

 

Brownies are a favorite of many, many people. Including my family! This recipe makes 2 13×9 pans of brownies. If you are not serving them to a crowd, brownies freeze great. Frozen brownies thaw quickly at room temperature so are very convenient to have on had for when friends visit.

 

Brownies for a Crowd

 

Banana Bread – This recipe can be made with wheat flour (white) or can be made gluten free. And it tastes great either way!

 

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

 

Quick, Easy No Bake Granola Bars – So easy & so good!

 

Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars

 

Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars

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I have been using this recipe for several years now. I don’t even remember where I first got the recipe from. These Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars are a family favorite.

 

They are perfect for student athletes to take and eat after a game. My girls loved taking them when they played volleyball. They are a great anytime snack. We’ve even been known to eat them for breakfast!

 

homemade no bake granola bars

 

Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars

 

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups quick cook oatmeal
1 cup rice cereal

1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Optional Add-In’s:

up to 1/2 cup of raisins, or other dried fruit
up to 1/2 cup chopped nuts

 

 

 

In a large pan, melt the butter with the honey, and brown sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil, and boil until the sugar dissolves, approximately 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, then stir in the remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips.

 

Homemade No Bake Granola Bars

 

 

Press mixture into a 9 x 13 pan. Press chocolate chips into top.
Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size bars. Wrap individually in plastic wrap, or layer between waxed paper in an air tight container.

 

Homemade No Bake Granola Bars

 
These will keep for a week. I think. They never last that long in my house! I have also frozen them, and that works well. Just thaw at room temp.

 

 

Quick & Easy No Bake Granola Bars

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

I haven’t planned out a menu for several weeks. Getting ready for Christmas, helping my married daughter move out of state, and sickness, have prevented it. I haven’t even taken any food pictures! *gasp*

 

After checking the fridge, freezer, & pantry, I filled in each day’s dinner using the daily plan below. I already had all the week for this weeks dinners in the freezer. I have fresh lettuce & tomatoes for Taco night, along with potatoes & carrots for Friday, but the rest of the vegetables I will use this week are in the freezer, including greens beans that I froze myself last summer, and the potato wedges. I may used some canned vegetables in tonight’s soup. Or I may use frozen. I’ll see what I feel like using when I assemble the soup. lol I canned the homemade applesauce, so I just need to pull the jar out of the pantry.

 

Thankfully, it’s going to be an easy week in the kitchen!

Hopefully, I’ll have lots of pictures to share next week!

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- New Years Eve – Pizza, Pizza Rolls, meatballs in bbq sauce, chips & Salsa, cookies, brownies

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Get your own!

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Homemade turkey soup – from our Christmas turkey, garlic bread

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meatballs, green beans

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s, Taco salad with multi-grain tortilla chips for some

Thursday – pork or venison – Venison Steaks, Potato Wedges, corn, homemade applesauce

Friday venison  – Roast with potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker

 

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

 

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tips

 

 
It seems I am constantly in my kitchen. So I am always looking for kitchen time savers. Here are my

 

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tips

 

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tips

 

Hang a calendar in the kitchen – makes it easier to plan ahead for events, great for writing menus on, and keeping track of how old leftovers are

 

Store your herbs, salt, etc. in a drawer next to the stove – it’s easy to grab what you need while cooking

 

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Store your measuring cups in a bin – they won’t fall out of the cabinet every time you open the door

 

Store your measuring spoons standing up in a cup or round storage container – it’s easier to find the one you are looking for

 

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Keep your most used recipes taped to the inside of an upper cabinet – they will always be there when you need them

 

Put plastic wrap over the keyboard of your computer when following a recipe online – you can scroll or click without getting food on your keyboard

 

 

Keep your cutting board from traveling across the counter while you are chopping by placing a damp dish towel under it

 

 

Meat is easier to slice if you put it in the freezer for 30 minutes first

 

Cool cookie sheets before putting more dough on to bake – the dough melts too quickly if placed on hot pans

 

When reheating foods in the microwave cover with a damp paper towel – it absorbs splatters, keeps food from drying out, and won’t melt & sag onto your food like plastic wrap

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Tacos are on the menu here every week. Some of us have taco salads, instead of using tortillas. I prefer a the salad. Some, like my husband, have tacos and a taco salad. lol At least he’s getting plenty of veggies!

 

taco salad

 

These Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops from MyFreezEasy were so easy to make. The family loved them! They were so good. These will be a regular on the menu now.

 

cheesy ranch pork chops

 

This week I will be spending all my kitchen time getting ready for Thanksgiving!

 

What are your plans for Thanksgiving Dinner?

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Dinner at a wedding

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Cheeseburgers, tortellini

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Chicken Fajita Bake (from MyFreezEasy), rice, beets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- breakfast for supper – biscuits & gravy

Thursday – pork or venison – Thanksgiving Day!

Friday venison  – Thanksgiving leftovers!

 

Check out my newest recipes!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

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I didn’t post a menu last week, but I did plan one out. Thankfully! I worked my menu plan and had a pretty easy week in the kitchen. It allowed me to have some extra time to cook for the freezer!

 

I put two Chicken Fajita Bake dinners in the freezer. I got this recipe from MyFreezEasy and it’s a family favorite.

 

Chicken Fajita Bake

 

I made a batch of brownies. I wrapped them individually, put half in a snack bin and put the other half in the freezer. Shhhh…..don’t tell my family. They don’t know they are there!

 

homemade brownies

 

I made two meals of Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos, also from MyFreezeEasy. Well, I made the meat and bacon mixture. Defrost, heat, serve on tortilla chips, top with cheddar cheese. Yum! I also put one meals worth of cooked hamburger in the freezer. That will be going on the spaghetti this week.

 

bacon cheeseburger nachos , cooked hamburger

 

I made a batch of taco meat, and divided it into 2 meals, and froze them.

 

taco meat for freezer

 

I made a big batch of french toast. I used 14 eggs, and almost 2 loaves of bread. We ate some for supper that night, with bacon, and I froze the rest. I flash freeze them with waxed paper in between layers. Then I put them in freezer bags and we can take out just the amount we need for whoever is eating breakfast.

 

french toast for freezer

 

Deer hunting season started and my husband got one over the weekend. We process the meat ourselves. This is how I set up the counter for my husband and son when they are cutting the meat. I then take the final cuts of meat and vacuum seal them. I use chucks (those pads they put on beds that absorb moisture) or puppy pads. I use whatever we have on hand. I cover the pads with newspaper. This way all the blood from cutting the meat is absorbed, instead of getting all over my kitchen. Yes, I still sanitize after they are done! But this saves a lot of clean up work.

 

kitchen prep area

 

I made 4 loaves of banana bread. We ate 2. lol It was over the course of 2 days, though! lol I put the other 2 in the freezer. I have them waiting there until I need a quick snack to serve.

 

banana bread

 

I also made lasagna last week. I get the noodles ready the easy way. lay them out on a baking sheet, and pour boiling water over them. They soften,  but are still really easy to handle.  And after cooking the lasagna, the noodles come out perfect, not overcooked.

 

easy lasagna noodles

 

I baked one lasagna that night, and put one in the freezer.

 

lasagna for freezer

 

Lasagna is a family favorite. They family was so happy that I made it! The dug in right away, so I didn’t get a picture of the whole pan. lol

 

lasagna

 

We had another family favorite, Skillet Sausage Pasta. I served it with peas and cornbread this time.

 

sausage pasta skillet dinner

 

I made homemade pizza on Saturday! It was cause for celebration, as I haven’t made homemade pizza in almost a year. My mother was in the hospital for 4 months, starting last December. I didn’t make any then. By the time she got home and got settled in our home to finish recuperating, it was getting too hot to bake.

 

There’s nothing like homemade pizza! I made pepperoni, it’s hard to tell in the picture, but these are extra large pizzas. I used a whole package of pepperoni on this one pizza, in 2 to 3 layers!

 

pepperoni pizza

 

I also made an onion and green pepper pizza. Yum!

 

pepper and onion pizza

 

I got some baking in over the weekend, too. I made Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies!

 

pumpkin cinnamon chip cookies

 

I also made homemade biscuits. I thought it sounded like a good idea to cut them extra thick. Well, I ended up with very tall biscuits! lol I baked some, and put some unbaked in the freezer for future breakfasts.

 

homemade biscuits

 

Phew! That was a lot of cooking and baking! What have you been up to in the kitchen lately?

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Homemade Pizza with pepperoni, green peppers and onions

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Chicken Fajita Bake, rice, green beans

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s & taco salads for some

Thursday – pork or venison – Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops, baked potatoes, broccoli

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, & carrots in slow cooker,

 

Check out my newest recipes!

 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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