Tuesday, September 20, 2011

♥ Matzo Ball Soup ♥

I was taking a look in my cupboard, wondering what to make for dinner tonight.... and I was struck with inspiration when I spied a box of matzo ball soup mix. This comforting soup is a Passover favorite I have cherished my whole life, but why wait until April for something so delicious and easy to make? So, I made some right away.

Making this soup is very easy: you just get a box of matzo ball soup mix, which comes with a packet of matzo ball mix and another packet for the broth. You make the matzo ball mix with a mix of two eggs and between 2 tbsp and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (depending on what kind of box mix you get), to which you mix in the matzo ball mix until thoroughly combined, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, you get 2.5 quarts of water boiling, or basically just fill a big pot with water most of the way, and add in the soup mix. I sprinkled in some dried basil, too. While you're waiting for the water to boil, peel and cut up 3 carrots, and slice up 3 stalks of celery. Put those in the broth as it's starting to boil, and take out your matzo ball mix and make walnut-size balls, which you may put in when the broth has reached a medium-to-full boil. Add some cooked, diced chicken too, if you want-- 1.5 to 2 chicken breasts should do. Let the soup cook at a simmer on low about 20 minutes, and it's done.

My family will be enjoying this delicious soup for the rest of the week. It's so good, I might even invite a friend over to have some.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Relaxing Tuesday Night

Every Tuesday night, my parents go out to attend their club meeting, so I make dinner for myself. Tonight, this is what I made...

Ramen with red cabbage and salmon

Every now and then, I just crave a nice big bowl of ramen... and it's particularly fun when I'm inspired by other ingredients I have on hand. I also added some chives and parsley from my garden for extra flavor. A winning combination :). Some tater tots on the side make it a simple, fun meal. Tell me, readers: what did you have for dinner tonight?