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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

Arroz Caldo Soup

This filipino comfort food is one of my favorites! It reminds me of when I was a little girl and it would be cold and rainy outside. My mom would cook this soup especially if anyone was sick in the house.

I did alter the traditional recipe to include more veggies and not so typical for my family is adding a hard boiled egg. It’s soooo good! I think Mr. Wonderful and I tried the hard boiled egg version on Guam when I was back home for vacation. So, we stuck with the egg. I find it makes the soup heartier and more satisfying. Enjoy!

1 1/2 lbs chicken, cubed
1 cup carrots, cubed
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup ginger, diced
1 cup rice, uncooked
2 Tbsp Garlic powder
2 quarts chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Hard boiled eggs

Condiments:
Fried minced garlic
Scallions
Fish Sauce
Lemon

1) In a large pot on medium high heat, brown the chicken, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper (S&P).

2) Remove from pot. Add celery, carrots, and onions and brown for about 3 minutes or until the onions are almost translucent and season with S&P.

3) Add the ginger, rice and garlic powder and stir until well coated and cook for about 30 seconds. Season with S&P.

4) Add the broth and bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and starts to break.  Stir every few minutes. It will look like you will need more rice, but when the rice gets cooked it will soak up a lot of the broth and make the soup thicker.

5) Make sure you taste and season with more S&P if needed.

Garnish with fried garlic, scallions. Serve with lemon wedges and fish sauce.

 

California Rare Fruit Growers

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California Rare Fruit Growers is a great website if you love growing fruit and especially if you want to grow rare fruit you can’t get at grocery stores. Their website is also a great resource to find nurseries that have rare fruit trees.

CRFG members share information; exchange seeds, plants and scion wood; give garden tours; exhibit displays and staff information booths at fairs and shows; hold plant sales; and give classes on propagation, pruning and grafting for members. The annual Festival of Fruit, and many chapter meetings, feature speakers who are experts in rare fruit culture. Meetings and activities are open to the public as well as members.

So If you love fruits as much as I do and are thinking about growing your on fruits, check out some of the fruits that you can grow.

Happy Gardening

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