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Shortcut to Fabulous Quirky Cooking Tool

41hba9ZecPL._AA300_Check out these onion goggles…they come in Pink, which I think is fabulous. I first sighted them on Hungry Girl (a super fab website). I don’t know about you but when I am being fabulously Martha in the kitchen, I almost always use onions and they make my eyes sting and water. Who needs a cry baby in the kitchen? With these goggles you might look silly, but you will be tear free! Click here to get the RSVP International Onion Goggles, Pink. Oh and the Amazon reviews are rave, so your $19.99 purchase wont be in vein.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Comfort Food-Dumpling Soup

IMG_0760This weekend I felt the need for some comfort food and I tinkered with a recipe I found online and found a quick and easy way to make dumpling soup.

Here is what you need:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ribs celery with leafy tops from the heart, diced
  • 5 carrots, peeled and diced not more than 1/2-inch
  • 8 new potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • About 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock-in-a-box
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • Packaged Biscuit mix prepared to package directions (I used Bisquick)

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat with olive oil, 4 turns of the pan. Add the diced onion to the pan and let the onion sweat for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the minced garlic and let the mixture cook for 1-2 minutes. Chop the vegetables and keep adding to the pot as you work to keep your cutting board clear – add the diced celery, carrots and potatoes. Then add salt, pepper and thyme. Sweat the vegetables 8 to 10 minutes covered, stirring fairly frequently, then add wine. Add chicken stock and 2 cups water and bring to a boil.

Put a separate skill on medium heat and heat the butter over medium heat to melt, then whisk in the flour 1 minute to make a roux. Scrape the roux into the soup and then add the frozen peas and dill. Bring the pot back up to a boil while you make the biscuit mix according to package directions (Bisquick only requires you to add water and stir). Form 8-10 balls with the biscuit dough and drop them two spoons into the pot of boiling water.Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and serve.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Organic Bake Mix

ginny bakesIt has been a rainy start to August in Miami and elsewhere in the country. There is nothing better on a rainy day than cooking some comfort food and curling up with a good book, but who has time to make comfort food?! Brownies anyone? Chocolate chip cherry cookies? chocolate chip raisin oatmeal? Yum. Ginny Bakes makes organic bake mixes that ensures some comfort food that is organic and healthyish with virtually no prep time. Ginny Bakes even has a biscotti bake mix! If you live in Miami, you can find Ginny Bake mixes at the following locations:

GARDNER’S MARKET 3117 Bird Avenue, Coconut Grove

APPLE A DAY MARKET 1534 Alton Road, Miami Beach

EPICURE MARKET 1656 Alton Road, Miami Beach

NEWSSTAND AT BOOKS AND BOOKS in Bal Harbour Shops

THE FRESH MARKET Aventura, Coconut Grove, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Boca East and Boca West

LESTER’S in Wynwood

If you live in other parts of the country and want to get your hands on one of these delicious bake mixes, click here to order. Each mix is $10 online.

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