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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tortilla Vegetable Soup

It was one of those nights; I thought I would get home in time to make deviled eggs, but was delayed by a thunderstorm. At least it wasn't 85 degrees on the first day of Fall, but it was dark, and windy, and rainy. I thunderbolt that struck and took the shape of a fork reminded me that I was cooking tonight. So, I improvised. I took a can of Select Harvest chicken tortilla soup, bought on sale for $1.00, and added a can of Campbell's chicken noodle, still one of my favorites, bought on sale for $.50. Of course, any brands will do, not to steal from Mr. Food's thunder. I added half a can of water, and one container, about 4 cups, of my homemade tomato sauce, described in earlier blogs. Readers may remember I used my own tomatoes in this. I threw in a pinch of herbs de Provence, and some frozen vegetable blend, broccoli and pea pods, mainly. I let it boil, then simmer, then boil again, all together, about one half hour. It was very good. You could have added some salt, but I try to take it easy. It is canned, soup, after all, and has its share of sodium.

I graded smoked gouda to sprinkle on top.

Then, I sort of poached a piece of eye of round in an aujus gravy mix, with more herbs de Provence, and a little sale. Appetizer/salad was more sliced, homegrown tomatoes, some crumbled feta cheese, and wild caught, California canned sardines packed in olive oil and lemon. There were tiny slices of lemon packed with them, and they were very good.

I was even out of cat food; Mr. Opie had some wild caught salmon, packed in an envelope. But, everyone ate, and dinner was easy to pick up, and fairly healthy. Usually, I skip the meat, but we had to cook this steak, or freeze it.

It was a blustery day, in some ways. My friend next door gave me some xenias big as pompoms, and I mixed them with my marigolds and a few striped impatiens to take to school. She also had some painted daisies, and it was lovely.

Welcome to all who follow me on Twitter; I love to follow and read/tweet in return. Happy First Day of Fall. I am gearing up for my beloved Halloween, and for Thanksgiving. Blessed be, and may this be a good autumn for all of us.

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