Friday, April 18, 2014

Week 15 Friday (4/18/14)

Recipe Review       

Today’s Recipe and Location:         Sherried Tomato Soup
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                           Pages 103 - 105 Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 219 calories per serving, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

Such creamy goodness!

         I have had an aversion to tomato soup since I was a kid. As I said previously, it was one of the only things my Dad knew how to make on Saturday morning. He paired it with grilled cheese, a hot dog,  or a peanut butter and jelly sammy and that was the regular lunch on the weekends. I also developed an allergy to raw tomatoes as they made me itch. So I was worried about making this dish. 
         I am admitting that I was dead wrong.  This is not anything like the red and white labeled tomato soup of my childhood. I made it with petite diced tomatoes so that maybe it wouldn’t bother me as much if I ate a bite.
         Not only did it not bother me, but this was amazing. You just MUST try this soup.  It is restaurant level and creamy. This is definitely a first for me.

Why Weight?

         Saboteurs are everywhere. They are not intentionally cruel or mean-spirited but actually trying to be encouraging. They make suggestions like, “It’s okay to try just one,” or “today doesn’t count because you’ve been so good.” What they don’t understand is that when you have to work so hard just to lose one pound, a set back can be devastating. I appreciate that they are being thoughtful, but there is some advice that is not always appreciated.
         I have thought long and hard on how to handle this better than I have in the past, and I’ve decided that the way to go is to graciously thank them but pass on the offer.

Fabulous “Family and Friends” Food

Coffee Cake
Another previous coworker: Bark Kern

2 loaves of Pepperidge Farms very thinly sliced bread
½ Tablespoon of margarine
½ teaspoon of fresh basil
½ teaspoon of fresh chives
½ teaspoon of fresh thyme
½ teaspoon of fresh oregano
1 teaspoon of fresh parsley

Doesn’t this already sound amazing??? 

         Cream all of the ingredients together. Now, spread them on the slices of bread. For cuteness, cut into 4 diagonal pieces. Place on a cookie sheet. Cook in a 275 degree oven for 45 minutes.
         The aroma will fill your house with happiness!

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