Soup to Nuts and Everything In Between

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Sun, Jul 17, 2016

This group is all about all foods from soups to nuts and everything in between.

We began as a soup group but there are so many wonderful things you can add to soups that it's time to expand to include other things too.

So please feel free to share your wonderful foods and your friendship.

Please keep in mind that we do have a few reasonable rules that we request everyone abide by.

We are a safe group !

Please be nice and be respectful.

Do not come into this group with a hidden agenda because we will not tolerate bullies or posers.

No pornographic images will be permitted.

Nothing political ... it never ends well.

There is a wonderful group already established where you are welcome to share any and all of your political cartoons or complaints and everyone is welcome to join God, Guns, and Constitution which is located at this link -

We are here for sharing and happiness so let's all gather around the table and enjoy a warm hearty bowl or plate of something great from your kitchen !

So share on .. we have plenty of room for everyone and anything that makes your mealtimes delicious and memorable !

Joey Wolf
Jan 6, 2018

aging gracefully, got this off of fb, thought some might find it useful......

Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old. My friend Alan S Bame sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow. I'm particularly interested in tune with #19.
1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.
3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.
4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.
5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”
7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.
8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.
9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.
10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.
11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.
12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.
13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.
14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.
15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk

Maggie ^O^
Jan 1, 2018

It's All Fresh and New

Welcome to 2018 !

Nobody knows for sure what is in store for us in this new year except for ..... More Great Recipes !

Happy New Year :)

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 28, 2017

Scalloped Potato Dome

This looks like a fun and tasty dish !

Scalloped Potato Dome
8 servings

7 red potatoes, medium
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, softened
8 yukon gold potatoes, medium or large
10 slices cheddar cheese
6 strips bacon, cooked until crispy
¼ cup chives, finely chopped plus more to serve
1 sheet puff pastry, cut into a 9-inch circle
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Using a mandolin, slice the red potatoes to about 3 millimeter-thick slices.

Slice the gold potatoes to about 5-6 millimeters thick.

In a large bowl, combine the red potatoes with the salt, pepper, and heavy cream, and stir until evenly coated.

Butter an oven-safe, 8 or 9-inch, stainless steel mixing bowl.

Starting from the center, lay the red potatoes in an overlapping, circular fashion, making sure they make good contact and are sticking to the bowl.

Repeat the circular pattern up until roughly ½-inch from the top of the bowl.

Place the sliced gold potatoes into the cream, stirring until fully coated with cream.

Shake off the excess cream, then layer the potato slices at the bottom of the bowl, building in a similar circular fashion.

After 2-3 rotations, place down 2 slices of cheddar. To fill the gaps, you might need to cut 2 more slices into halves and use those strips near the edges.

Layer another 2 rotations of gold potatoes.

Place the strips of bacon in a single layer across the potatoes.

Layer another 2 rotations of gold potatoes.

Sprinkle the chives in an even layer across the potatoes.

Layer another 2 rotations of gold potatoes.

Fan out the rest of the cheddar slices in a circular pattern on top of the potatoes.

Layer another 2 rotations of gold potatoes.

Place the circle of puff pastry on top, pressing it lightly into the potatoes.

Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour and 30 minutes. If the pastry or the edges of potatoes near the top are starting to get too dark, cover the dish with foil and continue baking.

Cool until the bottom of the dish is no longer warm.

While the potatoes bake, prepare the garlic cream sauce by transferring the cream from the soaked potatoes into a medium saucepan or pot.

Add the onion powder, garlic powder, and Parmesan, stirring while bringing to a boil. Set aside and reheat when serving.

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Run a knife along the sides of the bowl to make sure the potatoes are release, then invert it onto a baking tray.

Bake for another 10 minutes or so, until the slices start to turn golden brown and slightly crispy.

Transfer the dome to a cutting board, then slice into wedges.

Serve with the cream sauce, a sprinkle of chives.


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Maggie ^O^
Dec 27, 2017

New Year's Eve Dinner

What will be on your plate?

We make little snacky things to eat from late morning to keep us until dinner.

We used to have crab .. it is a tradition I grew up with . We would go crabbing the morning of New Year's Eve and catch enough crab for everyone. Then when we got home they would be cooked and cleaned and served with San Francisco sour dough bread. The kids got sparkling cider and the adults had wine.

Now that we live away from the coast we have had to change the tradition. So we always make bacon wrapped scallops, creamy clam chowder and a crisp salad with lots of defrosted crab on top .. and of course the obligatory glass of wine.

Later in the evening we make popcorn then we crash ... usually before midnight !

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Sherry Blizzard
Dec 24, 2017

Christmas Eve and Split Pea Soup

Yes....I just want something simple. So I made split pea soup and have some artisan bread to go with. We will eat heavily tomorrow....just eat light tonight. I am sad though....In my culture, I grew up eating Posole on Christmas Eve. No I am not Hispanic, but I grew up in this environment and I really, really, miss Posole right now.