Archive for January 24th, 2009

24th January
2009
written by Steph
Voting for the Zombie Round entrants for the annual Tournament of Books is open. If you're better informed about this year's books that are up for the rooster prize (or even if you're not but just like to vote for things), you can click on this link and cast your vote for whichever book you thought was best. Voting closes on Jan 26th (I think), so if you do plan to cast your vote, time is running out!  I'm not sure why the folks over at The Morning News have decided to have voting finish so far before the tournament, but them's the breaks. I don't think I'll vote because I haven't read anything off of the list so far that I would like to see win.  However, I'll point out that voting entails you filling out a brief questionnaire, during which you can offer ideas about what you'd like to see incorporated into future ToBs.  So perhaps for that reason, it would be worthwhile to randomly select a book and hope that I wind up liking it.  All I ask is this: Please don't vote for A Partisan's Daughter. That is all.
24th January
2009
written by Steph

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

One thing that I've been making a lot of lately has been soups.  Nashville has been going through a bit of a cold snap, so soups make a great evening meal that is warming and soothing.  Generally I try to make hearty soups that have lots of "fixins" so that they can really serve as an entire meal in their own right.  Additionally, I've been trying to make soups that are "heart healthy", meaning I've been staying away from broths that involve a lot of cream.  I've also steered clear of soups that are too starchy, as the idea is to make a soup that is filling but doesn’t make you feel heavy afterwards.  Another great thing about soups is that they’re relatively simple to put together (even if they generally need about an hour to simmer and steep), and not all that labor intensive.  For the relatively nominal amount of effort and ingredients, we often wind up with enough food for several lunches (2 to 3 days) in addition to our supper.  All told, I’ve been trying to do one soup dinner per week. This week, I chose another recipe from Elise’s Simply Recipes site, this time for Albondigas Soup, which is essentially a Mexican meatball soup.  I chose this recipe for several reasons: 1) Elise notes on her site that this is a soup that’s meant to be eaten as a main course; 2) It’s really easy to put together; 3)All of the ingredients are ones that you should readily have on hand (with the exception of perhaps one); and finally 4) It comes together really quickly (only needs about 40 minutes)!  Once more, I encourage you to check out Elise’s original recipe, although I’ll note that I really didn’t stray too far from her guidelines this time (shocking, I know!).  Here’s what you’ll need: (more…)