Sopa de Pollo con Fideos

Old Fashioned chicken noodle soup to me…with fideo in place of other noodles/pasta πŸ€­πŸ”πŸ₯£either way you look at it…it’s DELICIOUS πŸ˜‹ I ALMOST went with Ditalini Pasta, but I left it up to my daughter, so fideo it is 😍

Love crackers in this soup‼️

I didn’t follow a recipe, however the closest one I found to how I made it; making stock first, with chicken leg quarters 😳 that’s what I had to work with on this occasion πŸ˜‰ rather than what following recipe uses ‡️

The Spruce Eats recipe here ‡️

➑️ Spanish Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopa de Pollo con Fideos) – By Lisa & Tony Sierra ‴️

Or if you’re familiar…make old fashioned classic chicken noodle soup using tiny pasta, like fideo; hence the name. Personally I like getting a deep flavor broth from homemade stock, along with seasonings & herbs, etc. And I like to simmer well for a couple hours. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ it works

Adapted from this – Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups uncooked kluski or other egg noodles (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Optional: Additional salt and pepper


  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches, skin side down; cook until dark golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; remove and discard skin. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons.
  2. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan. Add celery, carrots, bay leaves and thyme. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until chicken is tender, 25-30 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate. Remove soup from heat. Add noodles; let stand, covered, until noodles are tender, 20-22 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, when chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Return meat to stockpot. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. If desired, adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper. Discard bay leaves. – a taste of home πŸ₯°
Wait, I need a better image of pasta ‡️
Spaghetti can be broken into little pieces if this is not available; like 2 finger widths; example ‡️

Rosemary, thyme, parsley bundle

Longboy Cheeseburgers


My dad use to make these regularly when I was growing up; but I thought he made it up 

This is his original recipe – (β€˜pet’ milk means evaporated milk; his shorthand).


Below is another version I found in an old cookbook…


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 loaves brown β€˜n’ serve French bread
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a 2-quart bowl, mix together first eight ingredients. Cut each loaf of bread in half lengthwise; spread one-half of meat mixture over each half, covering all the way to edges. Place on baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350Β° for about 25 minutes or until meat is cooked, sprinkling with cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking. Cut into slices to serve. Yield: 8 servings.

Classic Baked Swedish Meatballs

Recipe from The Spruce Eats

Over egg noodles πŸ˜‹


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs, from about 3 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried onion, or 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or allspice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Gravy:

Damn good πŸ˜‹

Texas Roadhouse Style Sweet Potatoes

Yumm‼️ πŸ˜‹

Wash sweet potatoes, wrap in one layer of foil, but seal. Bake at 375Β° for 45 – 55 minutes, depending on size, flipping over halfway through. When 15 – 20 minutes left I put zucchini slices that I tossed in garlic evoo, salt, pepper & seasoned breadcrumbs. Heated little smokies with favorite bbq sauce also. I had made cucumber salad before starting dinner, and I used zesty Italian dressing. When sweet potatoes are done, remove, slice open, squeeze to open, add butter, marshmallows, drizzle with caramel sauce (homemade is best, or a good store bought), then add more marshmallows and put under broiler just enough to toast marshmallows. I like a dash of sea salt on all that, my daughter does not πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ so ‘to taste’. We saw πŸ‘€ the potatoes as main course πŸ˜† & the rest were sides. Although 🀫 it’s like eating dessert first 🀭

Carne Con Chile Rojo

Red Chile Beef Stew or Chile Colorado

I don’t use a recipe, but this is closest to what I use; I use guajillo, New Mexico Chile, ancho chile pods and chipotle with adobo sauce, plus chile powders (new Mexico green, Mexican red & adobo seasoning, all from The Spice House); I sear then pressure cook beef AND other ingredients (peppers 🌢, onion, garlic, seasonings, BEEF broth..about 2 cups) for 25 minutes, transfer beef to stovetop pan, then add strained contents from PC. I add some tomato sauce to taste…small can IF I don’t have tomatoes πŸ… There are tons of recipes out there. The PC way makes the meat melt-in-your-mouth tender! Adjust seasonings to taste. Me and my family LOVE this shπŸ’’tβ€ΌοΈπŸ˜‹ it reminds me of birria tacos (but with flour tortillas) which you can find at same blog πŸ˜‰β€΅οΈ

RECIPE HERE ➑️ Chile Colorado Recipe (Mexican Stew)nice blog – I do like my beef in larger chunks, but my daughter likes it small πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ it tastes the same. A video of Carne Con Chile Rojo below…

A Carne Con Chile Rojo video ‡️

Pear Glazed Ham

Adapted from – the Dixie Crystal’s site, great sugar products and RECIPES ‼️ πŸ˜‹

I did lay my ham face down in pan πŸ˜‰ AND I made my own brown sugar, which I like heavy with the molasses. Lastly, I did not have a spiral sliced ham; sliced it old school 😜 make it work. Potato salad at bottom.

It’s 93Β° so I’m NOT using my regular oven!

“This gorgeously glazed ham will be the star of your holiday spread. It has a perfectly sweet candied outside with soft spiced pears to serve on the side.” And that it does! It’s delicious.


  • 2 (15 oz) halved pears in 100% juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 (8 to 10 pound) spiral sliced smoked ham


    1. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. Place ham in roasting dish, set aside.1
    2. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine pears (with juice), dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, pepper and all spice. Bring to a low boil for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.2
    3. Slowly pour the pear mixture on top of the ham. Cover with foil and place ham in oven.3
    4. Cook for a total of two hours, basting the ham every 30 minutes.4
    5. Let ham rest for 15 minutes, then serve.5


    Recipe developed for Dixie Crystals by Jessica Segarra @TheNoviceChef πŸ‘©β€πŸ³

    Note: Chef Eddy πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³

    ➑️ POTATO SALAD Recipe ⬅️ ‡️ or here

    Balsamic Roast Beef

    Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe


    • 1 (3-4 pound) boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
    • 1 cup beef stock or broth
    • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 4 cloves garlic chopped


    • Place roast beef into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over roast beef and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)
    • Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about ΒΌ – Β½ cup of gravy over roast beef.
    • – from add a pinch πŸ˜‰

    I do always sear meat before putting in slow cooker.

    More garlic!

    Roasted more garlic πŸ˜‹

    It is delicious!

    Who eats 2 kinds of potatoes for dinner? We doβ€ΌοΈπŸ˜…

    Had to make mashed potatoes with this 😜

    My daughter finished off the leftover mushrooms on hers. Previous post. πŸ„


    Balsamic Coconut Amino Mushrooms

    Easy & delicious πŸ˜‹

    I adapted from recipe below, however…I eyeball it AND I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce πŸ˜‹ πŸ₯₯ of course double the garlic. Had it with steak, lost the pictures 😳


    • 2 pounds mushrooms
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste


    1. Toss the mushrooms in the oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer on a baking pan and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the mushrooms are tender, about 20 minutes, mixing half way through.

    Source : allrecipes.Com

    The leftovers I added to caramelized onions the next day to go with pork chops 😜 corn on cob (cooked with milk, water, salt, sugar & butter πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ), garlic & thyme peewee potatoes.

    Also made that style corn with meatloaf & mashed potatoes 🌽

    Classic Meatloaf I added carrots πŸ₯• this time AND made 2 smaller loaves. Also added a little Worcestershire sauce to ketchup topping.

    Classic Macaroni Salad

    Of course the ingredients can vary according to what you have “make it work” πŸ˜‰ from seasoning to veggies; many like relish in theirs, we do NOT, green onions are great, or leaving out one or two πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ TASTE as you go. You might like more or less vinegar? More sugar? Salt…pepper, celery salt works if you’re out of celery, recipe doesn’t list radishes, but I use them whenever i have them, I’ve used olives, etc..

    Classic Macaroni Salad


    1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
    1 cup Mayonnaise
    1 Tbsp. vinegar
    1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 cup sliced celery
    1 cup chopped green &/or red bell pepper
    1/4 cup chopped onion


    Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until cool.
    Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, Dijon Mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in large bowl. Stir in macaroni, celery, green pepper and onion. Serve chilled.