Well, it’s officially November! I say this pretty much all the time, but it’s hard to believe how quickly time flies! Next thing you know, CHRISTMAS will be here! 😀 But I know some of you don’t like to talk about Christmas until after Thanksgiving so I will do my best to restrain myself. 😉 Anyway, to welcome the chillier months, I thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve been cooking lately!
This is my mom’s vegetable soup recipe! It’s a great base recipe that is meant for adjustment. Veggie soup is all about using up whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand. So this time around, I used carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and lima beans because that’s what I had. Also, I’m not one who has to have meat in my veggie soup, but Christopher loves it so I cooked up the rest of a half pound of ground beef that I had leftover and put it in this soup. But again, super adaptable – use stew meat or ground beef or none! 🙂
I had to ask my mom about the history of this recipe because I’ve never heard of it outside our family. Here’s what she had to say, “[Pork and rice is] something mother concocted when I was growing up. It was a way for a cheaper piece of meat to go further when feeding the family. Rice has always been pretty cheap too. After all, Daddy was a barber in the 60’s when men/boys began to ‘let their hair hang down.’ The late 60s and 70s were a lean time in our family.” So since my mom grew up eating it, she made it for us when we were growing up too. Truly comfort food at its finest. Our first year of marriage, we probably ate this nearly once a week just because it really is such an inexpensive meal (and so good!). We don’t eat it as often now, but every time I make it, there is an audible sigh of joy with my first bite (much like with chicken ‘n dumplin’s).
I got this recipe from Christina over at Hungry Meets Healthy. I tweaked it just a little (more vanilla and cinnamon, less sugar), so for the original recipe go here! This bread is absolutely delightful! Fresh from the oven with a little melted butter… delightful!
Typing up this post is making me all kinds of hungry for comfort food. We had chicken ‘n dumplin’s earlier this week and it was THE BEST. I love to cook and try new things, but there’s nothing like those tried and true favorite family recipes. 🙂