In an effort to make some halfway healthy budget friendly meals I went through a bunch of my cookbooks last weekend and picked out some not too hard to make not too many ingredients dinners. I have a lot of cookbooks that I've collected over the years because while I really don't like to cook I do like to read cookbooks. Especially if they have pictures. And especially if they have a theme. Like this diner foods cookbook. Who doesn't love diner food and who doesn't have fond memories of eating at a lunch counter or coffee shop? The jellos and pies in the display case, the generic salad or soup as your first course, a BLT with fries or a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy and canned vegetables on the side? The starched waitress uniforms with the little hanky thing pinned on the chest and a nametag that says Betty or Flo? Mmm...diner food. Cheap, filling, and comforting.
So, while flipping through this book I came across a recipe for split pea soup. Yummy, right? Not too many ingredients, just cheap dried split peas, onion, a carrot, celery stalk, bacon and water. Sounds easy enough.
Looks tasty, too.
Yesterday afternoon I made the pea soup and some bran muffins to go with it. Comforting homemade food ladled into bowls, hot steaming fibery muffins on the side. Mmm...
NOT! This was the worst soup I've ever tasted! Yuk! Blecchhh! Nasty!
We poured it out and opened up some cans of Anderson's Pea Soup. Which is what I should have done in the first place.
I had also marked a recipe for chicken noodle soup from this book to make. But now I am afraid. Very afraid.
On a totally different subject, I was looking through the Michaels ad that came yesterday and saw that you can now crochet your own snuggie. Looks like it would take a long time, though. Handmade dorkiness!