Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dinner in Five/Dessert in Five

From me... a servantless American Cook...

Two more super easy recipes...

We are from Texas, so we LOVE our Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Here's a super fast and easy recipe.  It's not the real thing, but in a pinch, it's really good.  It's also something you can always have in the pantry for emergencies.  This one serves 3, but we were eating light that day, so you might want to double it.

2 cans really good Chicken Noodle Soup... I used this one:

add 1 can Rotel (use mild if you are skittish)

Heat up on the stove... pour into individual bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and if you have it, a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro. 
 Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread.

My husband, daughter, and I rarely agree on the fantasticness of a recipe, but on this one...3 thumbs up.

Now, for the big failure in my life.  I mentioned that last year we went to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore and bought the original Julia Child cookbook.  I also went to E. Dehillerin to buy mini tart pans.  Both these purchases were in order for me to learn to make the Strawberry Tarts that we eat almost daily in Paris.  So on our anniversary, I got out the cookbook with all intentions of making hubby these tarts.


Can you say 27 steps????  I'm a low maintenance girl, and I just couldn't see it happening... so, here's what I did, and they actually turned out quite well.

One pkg. mini Kebbler's pie crusts

One box instant vanilla pudding 
Apricot preserves
fresh strawberries and blueberries

Make the pudding... it will be ready in 5 min. Smear a thin layer of apricot preserves around the inside of the crust.  Spoon in vanilla pudding. Top with fruit.


You can add liquor or vanilla to give the pudding a more homemade taste.  Of course you can make all this homemade and organic if you so desire.  Obviously, the variations are endless.

Hey... it isn't Julia, but it will do in a pinch. They really did turn out well... Scott said! ;) Hey... I think I'll serve one to my granddaughter today!


1 Funky Woman said...

I'm a low maintenance girl when it comes to cooking so I love these easy steps! I'll leave the high maintenance where it belongs, in the bathroom getting ready!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I bet your granddaughter feels like she is being treated like a queen when you present her with her tart. Great way to do fancy in a hurry!


Meagan said...

These sound great. I'm going to try them both.

The October Issue said...

My mom uses Keebler pie crust to make cheesecake.I hate canned soup >_<

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Love an easy recipe....thanks! Will most def try the tart! :)

myletterstoemily said...

hey teri!

want to grab a cup of coffee? :)

i love these in a pinch meals. it makes
me feel much safer knowing that i can
throw together something delicious
if i have had a busy day and don't want
to put on make up to leave the house
but ALSO don't really want to cook.

the dessert looks yummy, too.


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