Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cold days in SoCal...

It's been cold here....and on the nearby mountains there is SNOW!  Any exercise I have done in the past few days has been in the warm comfort of a gym...otherwise, I have been holed up at home cooking, baking and reading (in addition to all the usual responsibilities)..and I might add that I have been enjoying it.  :)

Last night I made Chunky Tomato and Bacon Soup-I adapted the recipe from an afternoon tea cooking class that I took with my sister a couple of years ago.  Basically, I reduced the fat content significantly.  It may not look too lovely, but it tastes FABULOUS, (believe me!):

Here is how I made it:

Chop up a medium onion and cook it in a little butter with a pound of turkey bacon, cut up into small pieces until fully cooked.
Add 8C peeled tomatoes cut up (I used organic canned tomatoes), 1-2C chicken stock/broth, and some fresh or dried thyme.  Cook on low for about 25 minutes or so.
Add 1/2C milk and 1C nonfat cream and continue cooking on low for 10 more minutes or so.

I served this soup with crusty bread and a fruit salad.  Later in the evening, I made an orange cake from scratch even though I promised my husband I would stop baking so much!  SIGH.  He did enjoy it, at least.  This is what cold weather does to me (it is likely a God-send that I live in a sunny climate or I might be HUGE from all the baking and tasting!).

I have a lasagne baking in the oven right now!  :)  The hubs has been out in Joshua Tree hiking and climbing in the cold (this is his idea of weekend relaxation) and I know he will appreciate it when he gets home.

Earlier today I made baked lowfat tortilla chips for one of my boys.  Here they are:

Just cut corn tortillas into quarters and placed on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Spray the tops of them as well, add sea salt and broil on low, taking care to check them LIKE A HAWK.  Halfway through (after about 2-3 minutes) I turn them over.  This saves a ton of fat over the storebought variety.  I have a homemade salsa recipe here that is easy and is as good as you would find in any authentic Mexican restaurant!

Happy cooking,


  1. Soup looks delicious! How many servings does it make?

  2. Hi Sara! It is really good. I would say 6-8 servings. :)


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