Thursday, November 4, 2010


Morning Everyone

Had a good day yesterday got some Decluttering done so that I could get my Christmas cupboards organized for storing everyones Christmas gifts. It is the stockings that take up all the space and Grumpy and I have a new Grandson to buy for this year so I had to make more room.

So today we are going to cook a soup that is like a meal.

Gramma Ferrie's Italian Hamburger Soup

(do not need to add cabbage but it is good)

1 lb. ground beef
1 c. chopped onion
1 lg. can tomatoes (with Italian spices )
1 c. chopped cabbage
1 c. cubed raw potatoes
1 c. sliced raw carrots
3/4 c. sliced celery
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1 1/2 qt. water
1/4 c. uncooked rice or 3/4 cup of pasta
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

I have made this easier by using Italian spice canned Tomatoes but we used to make it with our own canned tomatoes and then add your basil, thyme and oregano
Grated Parmesan cheese to serve when done.
In a large kettle, saute ground beef and onions until meat is brown; drain fat. Add tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, celery, and green pepper. Bring to a boil. Add water, rice or pasta and spices. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.
Freeze what is leftover or it is good for lunch the next day.
If you need to buy any of the ingredients pick up some hoagie buns so that you can toast with Cheese under the broiler and then you have some for Beef Dip tomorrow night.

In the next couple of weeks I am going to give you a recipe on how to cook Peanut Clusters in your crock pot they are so good. They are a great gift to give someone over the Christmas holidays . So often you are invited over to someone home for a couple of drinks or just a social conversation and would like to take small hostess gift. Most people will take a bottle of wine but with the laws getting so much stiffer with the drinking I would like to suggest FOOD. Like I have said before everyone loves food. So what you need to do is go into your favorite Thrift Store and look for some nice Christmas tins . They are starting to get out in the stores now and if you do not have a favorite Thrift store you need to find one real quick cause down the road there will be some ideas coming your way on the entertaining where you will need to get stuff from the second hand stores. Now I think between my girlfriend Pat and I we know all of them from Nanaimo down so if you would like to know the best one for kitchen and cooking stuff in your area just drop me a note as long as it is on Vancouver Island...Talk to you tomorrow and enjoy your weekend.



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