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Peach State says: Yummy Homemade Soup

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Inspired by recent recipes and the fact of two left over ham bones I had in the fridge I had to act. It is time to share a recipe for a Yummy Homemade Soup!

It started with a Hambone and diced onion:

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I brought hambone and onions to a boil in a large pot of water.

I sorted and rinsed the split peas</em.

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HINT) Once boiling…reduce the heat and simmer for abut 30 minutes.
Also skim the foam off the top of the peas.

I drained the split peas once they tender. I removed the hambone leaving the soup base/broth in the larger pot. I poured the drained peas into the soup base/broth and stirred.

The soup has taken on a wonderful smooth, creamy texture and the aroma is to die for. I dipped a spoon in and tasted the delightful soup. It is wonderful!

I will enjoy this tonight with a lovely grilled cheese sandwich. I hope you enjoy this recipe…my family will!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Too Much of a Good Thing!

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With a Wedding and an Anniversary Dinner on Saturday and Sunday, respectfully, I already knew it was going to be a non-diet weekend. I just didn’t realize the unique challenges that were ahead of me! It was Too Much of a Good Thing!
This past weekend I attended my niece’s wedding with a dinner afterwards at a restaurant called “The Sage.” The menu offered included 4 selections: A fancy chicken dish…”I was not in the mood for chicken!” Another dish which was a gumbo type of dish with scallops…uh..nope! A filet…”With my anniversary dinner the next night at Pappadeaux and the fact that I already knew what I was going to order there…no filet!” The only thing left on the menu was a dish I have never had…Mahi Mahi! The appetizers were brought out…calamari, beef and chicken on a stick and bruschetta on sliced baguettes. “Sorry…I am the basic appetizers type of girl!” You know…Cheese sticks and marinara, shrimp cocktail, or chips and salsa. Any of those would have done nicely. But alas…none of these were presented. I was going to have the full experience of new foods tonight…so…I tried the calamari! It had a good rhythm but you couldn’t dance to it! Oh sorry…that was the piped in music! I will never order calamari if I have other favorites available but all in all it was not bad. The next course was the Greek Salad…which was very delightful! The left over dressing provided the perfect dip for the bread. The main course was delivered to the table!

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I was quite surprised at the texture and taste. I used the entire juice from the lemon and ate each succulent bite. “I did not eat the rice…I am dieting!”
My sister ordered the filet…

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The meal and the dinner conversation were both delightful!

Sunday evening my husband and I celebrated our 26th Wedding Anniversary by dinning at Pappadeaux. I have known, for a long time, the reputation of good food at this restaurant. Ordering did not take long…we both chose the Filet Oscar. A creamy Hollandaise Sauce with chunks of Crab and bites of Asparagus topped the filet.

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It was melt in your mouth wonderful! And…I did not eat all of my potatoes…diet remember!

The thing about diets is the same as any rule! They can be broken….

20120426-074201.jpg The dessert tray filled with temptations and delights! Sweet Potato Pecan Pie…Creme Brûlée…Turtle Brownie…Strawberry Cheesecake…Key Lime Pie…all of this and more…Too Much of a Good Thing!

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I ordered the Turtle Brownie and my husband ordered the Banana Pudding! My husband could not eat all of his…very rich and he loved every bite.

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He did finish his left overs later that evening!

I enjoyed every tasty tidbit! “Except for the amount I still have sitting in my fridge.”

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What you see on the plate, in the above picture, is what I brought home…except for the Ice Cream sitting on top. It was so rich and had a layer of Turtle type sauce in between the brownie layers.

I have not recovered from the abundance of delicacies this past weekend! My diet is trying to pick up where it left off…really trying! My hands are still puffy from the extra salt! It has been a very long time since I have eaten this type of food in such a short period of time. I can honestly say there really is such a thing as Too Much of a Good Thing!

Do you find yourself enjoying the same type of food when you eat out? Would you have been able to eat the whole thing? “I could have too! But I would have hated myself and been miserable all night.” I think I will have another plain green salad tonight! Have a great day!

Peach State