How ’bout soup

It’s 400 degrees here, this is our melt your face part of summer. And, baby, it’s hot. So what do I wanna eat? Soup, soup and salad. It’s light, (mostly), filling, and most importantly the boys all like it. So on that note, I thought I would share how I make Corn and Crab Bisque, its not really what I would call a light soup, but we love it. Not to mention its pretty easy to make.

3 TBS of butter

3/4 cup onion, chopped

1 32 oz box of chicken broth

3 tsp garlic

1-2 bay leaves

1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper

1-2 tsp cajun seasoning

1 pkg frozen corn, (fresh corn, 3-4 cobs, cut the corn off)

1/2 cup half and half

2 TBS cornstarch (or flour)

1/2 cup milk

1lbs crab meat, (fresh lump crab meat tastes the best)

Melt butter in a heavy pot, I use my 4 qt pot, dump the chopped onion in cook till tender and clear

Pour in chicken stock

Add all seasonings, bring to a boil

Add corn, lower heat let simmer for a bit, about 10 minutes.

Cull out a cup of the soup, let it cool for about 5 minutes or so. Take that cup and run it through a food processor or blender

Add half and half, set aside

Take your 1/2 cup of milk and add cornstarch (or flour) mix till well blended.

Pour into simmering soup (to thicken) Stir constantly, let cook a few minutes, keep stirring.

Pour in blended mixture

Add crab, lower heat to low, cook until crab is hot.

Serve hot, with crusty bread and a salad.

See, easy enough for a weeknight and it only takes 1/2 hour, 45 minutes to make. You can make it spicy enough to clean your sinuses, just use the whole tsp of cayenne pepper. I have found 1/2 a tsp is enough to give it a bite, but not enough to make you cry. I use whatever Cajon seasoning I have on hand, but I like either Tony Chachere’s or Slap Your Momma’s.

That’s all for now, till next time

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Cleaning Up and Out

 

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Needless to say once again, we’re moving. But this time, it feels like we’re going home!  Yes, that’s right… back to Louisiana! I’m so excited, I can’t hardly stand myself!! I will miss the friends I’ve made here, and hope they’ll take me up on coming down!! It’ll be a bit strange not having them in my day-to-day life. But with Facebook and SnapChat they won’t be as far away as some we’ve left.

So with the few days I have left, before the packers get here to pack our life up, I’ve been cleaning up and out, the random cereal boxes, shoe boxes and jars that I thought I make something out of. Is crafting synonymous with hoarding? I couldn’t believe all the stuff I’ve collected! It’s truly mind-boggling.  The Mr. blithely went through his half of the closet pitching this or that without thought. It was educational watching him… none of the, “maybe I’ll be able to get back into this” or “I just got this but didn’t like it when I got home but I might like it later.”  He just jumped in and poof  half his clothes were history!

I have decided GoodWill is either going to love us, or hate us. I’ve given them tons of stuff this past couple of weeks, with another pickup load to go… (how do I collect so much stuff?) I’m trying to be ruthless… I tell myself daily please get rid of this or that… it’s either get rid of it now… or get rid of it in Louisiana, we’ll see how well I listen to myself. Mostly it’s working, mostly I’m  thinking about unpacking it, the burning question is: Is it worth unpacking? If the answer is, NO, then it’s gone. If it’s maybe, Still should be gone. But I have to admit that’s only working sometimes.

The Boyz are pretty excited about the move but we’ve been hyping it up pretty good, I hope without going overboard. The facts are the Mr. will be home more, no more being gone for weeks at a time, shorter commute, (not that they care about that) but it’ll mean he’s home more. The weather is fantastic!  The food is great! The only downside that Eazy E can see is Louisiana is a uniform state. But I’m hoping that when he sees everybody else in a uniform he’ll be ok with it. The little boys don’t care what they wear. But at 11… and being a clotheshorse, Eazy E is feeling the pinch. I expect he’ll get over it soon enough.

So along with the move I’m thinking a name change for the blog… Tales of a housewife, nothing, is a mouth full. What do y’all think of “tales of a southern wife” ? or maybe “tales from a southern wife”.   With that last thought I’m off, more to do …. of course!

 

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Till next time… XOXO

Singuter