Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is the best Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe I’ve tried. When you add the fresh garnishes on top, it becomes a sight to behold and an explosion of delight to your mouth. The original recipe came from The Pioneer Women (link at bottom of recipe), but since we love Mexican food and eat it quite a bit, our taste buds needed more seasoning. I’ve already noted the increased amounts in the ingredient list. Also, I seasoned the chicken and grilled it instead of baking. This adds just another great layer of flavor. Try this out and let me know what you think.

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Black Bean Salsa

Black bean salsa, party dip

Party Dip

After church this morning, we went to one of our favorite haunts and had a big lunch. I even devoured a heavenly slice of coconut cream pie. This evening when dinner time rolled around, we weren’t in the mood for another big meal. I saw something similar to this online, but I changed it to fit our taste buds. It was the perfect size for 2 of us to enjoy a healthy snack for dinner. This would make a tremendously tasty appetizer to take to any party, but you’d probably want to double or triple it for a crowd. The Rotel tomatoes add a little fire to the belly, so if you don’t want the heat, you could substitute the Rotel for a can of diced tomatoes.

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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Tortellini Soup

I was looking for something rich and filling, but also quick and easy.  This recipe certainly did the trick. I used store-bought cheese tortellini. I didn’t have any spinach, so I substituted kale. The heavy cream makes it so smooth. Full of flavor and color, this will definitely be a soup I make for guests.

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Favorite Blackberry Cobbler

Who doesn’t like cobbler? On our property, we have wild dewberries (like blackberries only smaller) plus I planted some blackberry bushes, so my freezer is full of beautiful purple berries. This recipe is easy and quick, which is the way a recipe for dessert should be so you can get right down to eatin’ it!

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries (do not use blueberries)
1 cup sugar
1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted

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Crockpot Carnitas

I got this recipe from South Your Mouth and we love it!  The flavor is amazing and it makes a great meal for guests. I make a batch of flour tortillas or pick up hot and fresh ones at our local Mexican market and make pulled pork tacos. Just add chopped onion, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro for a meal you won’t soon forget!

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