Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Creamy Poblano Pepper Soup

 Creamy Poblano Pepper Soup:


  • 4 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk or cream (for creaminess)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • Grated cheese, for topping (optional)
  • Tortilla strips or chips, for serving


  1. Roast the poblano peppers under a broiler or over an open flame until the skin is charred. Place them in a sealed plastic bag for a few minutes to steam, then peel off the skin, remove seeds, and dice.

  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook until softened.

  3. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.

  4. Add diced potatoes, roasted poblano peppers, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

  5. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 15-20 minutes).

  6. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. Alternatively, transfer the soup to a blender in batches and blend until smooth.

  7. Stir in the milk or cream for added creaminess. Heat through without boiling.

  8. Add lime juice and adjust seasoning to taste.

  9. Serve hot, garnished with chopped cilantro, grated cheese (if desired), and tortilla strips or chips.

Enjoy your Creamy Poblano Pepper Soup! It's a flavorful and comforting dish with a bit of a kick from the poblano peppers.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Sweet Celebrations: Easy and Irresistible Holiday Desserts

Indulge your sweet tooth and spread holiday cheer with these simple and delightful dessert recipes. From cozy classics to festive twists, these treats are perfect for adding a touch of sweetness to your celebrations. Let's dive into the world of easy and irresistible holiday desserts that will have everyone asking for seconds!

**1. Peppermint Bark Brownies:**

Transform classic brownies into a festive delight with the addition of peppermint bark. Simply swirl crushed candy canes into your brownie batter and top with a layer of melted white chocolate and more crushed peppermint. The result? A decadent treat that combines rich chocolate goodness with the cool, refreshing taste of peppermint.

**2. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:**

Embrace the warm spices of the season with gingerbread cupcakes topped with velvety cream cheese frosting. These moist and flavorful cupcakes capture the essence of holiday coziness. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a mini gingerbread cookie for an extra festive touch.

**3. No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake Bites:**

For a fuss-free dessert that still captures the essence of the season, try no-bake eggnog cheesecake bites. Combine cream cheese, eggnog, and a hint of nutmeg, then spoon the mixture into bite-sized portions. Chill until set and finish with a dollop of whipped cream. These little delights are the perfect balance of creamy and spiced goodness.

**4. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods:**

Create a sweet and salty sensation with chocolate-dipped pretzel rods. Melt your favorite chocolate (dark, milk, or white) and dip pretzel rods into the silky goodness. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, colored sprinkles, or chopped nuts for a festive touch. These make for a fun and easy treat that doubles as a decorative element for your holiday dessert table.

**5. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies:**

Elevate the classic shortbread cookie with the vibrant flavors of cranberry and orange. Add dried cranberries and orange zest to your shortbread dough, then slice and bake until golden. Drizzle with a simple orange glaze for a burst of citrusy sweetness. These cookies are a delightful addition to any holiday cookie platter.

This holiday season, let the joy of simple and delicious desserts fill your home with warmth and sweetness. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or simply treating yourself, these easy recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings. So, gather your ingredients, preheat the oven (or not!), and indulge in the magic of holiday baking. Wishing you a season filled with sweet celebrations and delectable moments! Happy baking!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Tuna Noodle Casserole Retro-1960s


  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)



  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Cook the Noodles: Cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

  3. Prepare the Sauce: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, and milk. Mix until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Combine Ingredients: Add the cooked noodles, thawed peas, drained tuna, and shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce. Gently fold everything together until the noodles and other ingredients are well coated.

  5. Transfer to Casserole Dish: Transfer the mixture to a greased 9x13-inch baking dish or a similar-sized casserole dish, spreading it evenly.

  6. Prepare the Topping: In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

  7. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

  8. Garnish and Serve: If desired, garnish with chopped parsley before serving. Serve the Tuna Noodle Casserole warm.

This retro Tuna Noodle Casserole embodies the comfort food vibe of the 1960s, making it a nostalgic and delicious addition to your holiday table. Enjoy!