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French Market Soup

Posted on 04 December 2011 by noelskitchen

Grocery List


  • 2 cups dried beans — (mixed) washed & picked over
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 16 oz can tomatoes
  • 1 large onion — chopped
  • 1 clove garlic — minced
  • 1 chili pepper — chopped OR 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Chipotle powder , 2 drops liquid smoke flavoring, smoked ham hock or smoked sausage (adjust amount of Chipotle powder for your preferred tasting)


  1. Combine all ingredients except liquid smoke in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low for 8 hours. Turn to high and cook an additional 2 hours or until beans are tender. (This is where you would use the liquid smoke flavoring)Stir in liquid smoke flavoring.

**If you are using a smoked ham hock or smoked sausage, combine at the same time as all the other ingredients and remove ham hock when soup is done.


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Healthy Budget Meal Ideas: Soups and Stews

Posted on 09 September 2011 by noelskitchen

Healthy Budget Meal Ideas

Most of the items that are put into soups and stews are very reasonable in price and believe me, a nice bowl of homemade soup or stew is an extremely nutritious meal for your family. Nowadays, it’s so easy for people to reach for a can of soup and there is no question about the fact that canned or prepared soup has a place in our life, but it just can’t compare with a homemade soup.

Soups and Stews

Soups and stews also provide one of the best ways to use up leftover turkey, chicken or beef. You’ll find your soup or stew will have a better flavor if you include the bones along with the meat while cooking. Just remember to remove the bones before serving. The bone marrow gives the soup additional flavor.

Herbs are another ingredient that will make a tremendous difference in the flavor of your soups and stews. Experiment with different types of herbs to find the right ones to suit your family’s taste. A bay leaf, fresh parsley, and thyme are generally included in most soups and stews. You’ll be truly amazed at the wonderful flavor it will add to your soup or stew.

One Dish Meals

The great thing about a soup or stew is that it is a one dish meal. When you cook vegetables, don’t throw away the water because much of the nutrition is contained in the water. Simple pour in a freezable container and freeze. Add it to a soup or stew.

With homemade soups and stews, you don’t throw it away so your family gets the full food value. Some of our family’s favorites are:

Taco, Bean and Rice Soup

Favorite Vegetable Beef Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Harvest Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Mom’s Favorite Chili in a bread bowl

What are some of your family’s favorite soup and stew recipes?

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Make Leftovers Into A New Meal! (Taco, Bean and Rice Soup)

Posted on 26 July 2011 by noelskitchen

Don’t throw out your leftovers! Check out this recipe using leftover Taco meat and you can make your family a whole other delicious meal using the slow cooker!


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Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul:A Recipe For Young Girls

Posted on 04 May 2011 by noelskitchen


A few years ago, I was in Chicago attending my Pampered Chef National Conference. One of the speakers was Jack Canfield, author of many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and author of the book Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul. I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Mr. Canfield while I was in Chicago. What an inspiration! Needless to say, I purchased his Chicken Soup for the Entrpreneur’s Soul and a couple others. I refer to them often when I need a little inspiration.

Over the weekend, we went to the Community Book Swap, a great place to freecycle books, magazines, records, and CD’s.  This is where I picked up a copy of the Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul. I immediately thought our daughter would enjoy reading a book that answers some of those questions young girls always have. Finally, a book that covers issues for girls only! The universal “coming of age” events of a preteen girl-first bra, first crush, physical changes and emotional mood swings. Chicken Soup for the Girl′s Soul is a book by girls, for girls, where readers can find encouragement, support and positive advice about the challenges of being a preteen girl.

Chicken Soup For Young Girls

There’s something so comforting about a bowl of Chicken Soup. when you’re sick, what’s the first thing that’s ordered? Chicken Soup. Here’s a great Homemade Chicken Soup that will warm up anyone’s soul:

Chicken Soup Recipe for Young Girls



4 chicken leg quarters, skin and fat removed
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tablespoons lemon juice


  • Combine chicken, broth, water, onion and garlic in (8-qt./7.6 L) Stockpot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.
  •  Reduce heat to a simmer; skim fat and foam off top using Skimmer. Stir in bay leaves and half of the parsley. Simmer 45 minutes, skimming occasionally.
  • Remove chicken pieces from Stockpot and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Meanwhile, add carrots and celery to soup; simmer 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken meat from bones; discard bones and return chicken to soup. Stir in lemon juice. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Yield: 6 servings (8 cups)

 Enjoy a bowl of this soup with a great book!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Posted on 14 April 2011 by noelskitchen

Whenever I try a recipe for the first time on my family, I try and make it as simple possible. Taste test it as I go and decide on re-working the ingredients in the next batch I make. I’ve always wanted to give Tortilla Soup a try. I’m sure there’s a correct way to make it somewhere out there, so forgive me if I didn’t follow exactly how it should be made. With this recipe I used my taste buds to guide me with the correct amount of each ingredient and this is what I came up with:

Summary: An easy soup to make that is flavorful and filling!  Your whole family will enjoy!


Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 2-3 Seasoned Chicken Breasts, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 14-5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup Picante salsa
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 1/2-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Baked Flour Tortillas, cut into strips
  • Shredded Cheese


  • In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in 1 Tablespoon olive oil until tender.
  • In a stockpot, add all ingredients except flour tortillas and cheese. Bring to a boil and let simmer 4-5 hours.
  • 20 minutes before serving, pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Place flour tortillas on oven racks and bake up slightly crisp. Remove from oven, let cool 5 minutes before slicing into strips.
  • Serve Tortilla soup with tortilla strips and shredded cheese.

Noel’s Quick Notes: The amount of chicken stock will vary depending on the size of your stockpot. I added enough chicken stock to where it wasn’t overpowering the rest of the ingredients. Soup will taste even better when re-heated and served the next day as the flavors have a chance to meld together.  The next batch, I’m going to try adding some type of roasted mild chile pepper.

Variations: Serve with sliced avacado or a dollop of sour cream.

Serves 6-8

Cooking Time:4-6 hours

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 4-6 hours cooking; 10 minutes prep time

Meal Type: Lunch or Dinner

My Family Rating: 4.50

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