Free as a Bird

I slept in today.  Well, until 10.  That is late for me.  It is a beautiful overcast day today in Los Angeles, and yes i mean that in all seriousness, and I am going to do nothing.  Well if your definition of nothing is cooking a full meal for a friend’s birthday, having 15 of his friends over to share said meal, and then riding on over to the Troubador to see Mumford and Sons.  I am so EXCITED!!  On the menu tonight: Ground beef vegetable soup, Paula Deen’s Sweet Potato Buttermilk Cornbread, and Dulce de leche sandwich cookies thanks to my new obsession, and hopefully new friend after Valentine’s day, Joy the Baker.  (I am doing the most amazing thing on Valentines Day with complete strangers that i will tell you all about in due time.)  For space sake, i will just give you the recipe for the soup here.  If you want to find the cornbread recipe, just google it and for the Dulce De Leche cookies, just hit up Joy’s website at the link above and search in desserts. 

Vegetable Beef Soup

  • 3/4- 1 lb. of ground grass fed beef
  • 2 cans of organic beef broth or 3 cups homemade
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 med. onions, sliced
  • 1 med. potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can of corn (you can use a small one if you don’t like so much corn)
  • 1 c. frozen or fresh green beans
  • 1 small can or sweet peas, drained
  • 1 c. frozen lima/butterbeans
  • 2 tbsp. fresh tarragon/2 tsp. dried
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

All you do is combine all the above ingredients in a large pot, brown meat in a separate pan and break up to your liking, then add the meat to the pot and bring everything to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.   So flippin’ easy and it freezes well too!  Also, all the above amounts of veggies are entirely adjustable, whatever you like, just add or take away.  I added the green beans and lima beans 🙂

I cannot wait to cook all day, drink wine, eat cheese, and listen to Andrew Bird in the kitchen.  Stay tuned tomorrow to hear how it all turned out.


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One response to “Free as a Bird

  1. That truly sounds amazing. Only a few days until Valentines!!!! I wish I could be there.

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