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How To Know If Tortillas Are Bad?

Tortillas originated in the border region of Mexico and Texas that primarily made of corn or wheat. They have a round shape and are usually baked on the flat plate of iron or the earthenware. Tortillas are used to make many dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, … and even stews or grilled meats. People normally eat tortillas by deep frying them and accompany with different kinds of dipping sauces. Nowadays, low carb tortillas also become favored because of multiple health benefits, if you care, let’s take a look.

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I am a big fan of Tortillas and I often buy bulk tortillas in store and sometimes do it myself. I believe some of you are just like me, so for later use, you might store them in your kitchen area. But how long do wraps last once opened? Normally, wraps last for about 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge and up to 6 to 8 months in the freezer. Though, how to know if Tortillas are bad if it doesn’t reach that period of time? There are two cases: your tortillas are still fresh or moldy. No need to discuss the fresh situation, in this article, I will give you some signs to know if your tortillas go bad after buying or storing.

#1 Texture

Tortillas include two main kinds as I said above are corn and wheat. Normal tortillas are baked or fried so they seem to be dry at first. Once they have gone bad, you can easily see change happening in the texture of tortillas, they become slippery and slimy. This sign is earlier recognized in wheat/flour tortillas than that of cornmeal. To overcome the situation, you can discard the top and bottom of your tortillas and then eat the rest. Though this solution might not solve the problem, it can save a bit for you to eat.

Another sign in the texture part that I will tell you is tortillas’ stiffness. Through storing time, tortillas might get hardened and begin to grow stiff, especially when you store in refrigerator or freezer. However, it is not a very serious bad sign of tortillas because it can be easily fixed by reheating them in the microwave. If they are still tough to eat, do not keep anymore.

#2 Spotting

If you see some spots on the surface of tortillas such as blue or dark, your tortillas might be mold. Blue spots are created by bacteria in a humid environment so they will badly affect your health. You had better take a look at tortillas’ surface before you decide to make any tortillas dish. Adding one more sign for you to recognize when tortillas go bad is the change in color. If you see there are light green or yellowish tints appearing, those tortillas have gone bad. These colors are very faint, hard to observe so you have to be very careful. Once you see this visible sign, the only thing you need to do is toss it right away.

#3 Unpleasant smell

When your tortillas smell moldy, weird or even rotten, obviously, they become worse in quality. This indication is the most casual way to recognize instead of visual techniques. Do not hesitate to throw them away unless you want to get food poisoning.

Conclusion

Check your tortillas and see is there any visual or smell sign that can make your food goes bad? If neither of these signs is presented or you store your tortillas in the proper method, so they are perfect and also safe to be eaten. Let’s enjoy your meal with tortillas now.

 

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How Long Does Hummus Last?

Hummus, a creamy and thick dip made mostly of mashed chickpeas with the addition of healthy ingredients. This kind of spread has become favored in many countries and regions, especially Middle Eastern and North African.

What if you are really into hummus but you seem to be too lazy to make it in every meal? Make a large dish of hummus for later use must be the best way to save time and effort. But how to know that how long does hummus last? In this article, I will give you the final answer about the shelf life of hummus in different environments.

For Homemade Hummus

#1 In the Fridge

“Everything can be stored in the fridge” seems to be right even for hummus. I suggest not storing hummus in the fridge beyond three to five days. This period of time still keeps the creamy texture and the original taste of hummus. Remember to not put hummus in the bottom shelves – the coldest part of the refrigerator because it will cause water splitting (lime juice or lemon juice) in hummus, you are not able to maintain its smooth texture. Moreover, if you keep hummus longer, I guess you might waste the best condition of hummus and its taste. In case you cannot eat all hummus in a maximum of 5 days, send it over to your neighbors or friends might be helpful.

#2 In the Freezer

If hummus can be refrigerated, it also can be frozen too. Putting that tasty chickpea sauce in the freezer will extend its shelf life for consumption for up to 7 months. However, I would not recommend this method because the extreme temperature of a freezer might change a little bit the quality of food from moisturing and creamy to bland and dry. The longer your hummus is kept frozen, the more flavor it will lose.

Please note to add some extra oil on top of hummus and use freezer-safe boxes. This does not guarantee your hummus will keep fresh in total 6 months but will reduce the ability to lose its flavor. Putting some oil helps to avoid water splitting so after defrosting or thawing, you can stir it up to its original consistency.

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For Packaged Hummus

For store-bought hummus, from the day you buy and open the canned or packaged hummus, it may last for 4 to 6 days in the fridge. Definitely, once you open the hummus, it’s shelf life is cut shorter than that of unopened one. You also should notice the expiry date on the packaging to ensure that the quality of hummus is still fresh and have a pleasant smell.

If you want to keep your store-bought hummus longer, you can try freezing technique. However, as I said, I will not recommend this to you because it is quite hard to maintain the authentic taste of hummus in such a long time (by months).

Conclusion

Remember, the information I gave you about how long is hummus good for can be used as references or opinions because individual cases would vary. Therefore, according to the actual situation, you can decide to keep it in a time that is best for your health.

You can look for its shelf life, signs to know once hummus goes bad and other helpful information here.

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How Long Does Chicken Last In The Fridge?

Chicken is one of the most popular types of poultry in the world and also a healthier alternative to pork with diverse food options and many different cooking methods such as grilling or frying. But if you want to cook chicken more often, the leftovers might be a bit challenging for you to deal with. Therefore, to help you overcome this situation, I will give you some essential information about how long chicken lasts in the fridge based on my actual experience and some researches that I have collected.

#1 Raw Chicken

According to Foodsafety.gov or the official information from USDA, whole uncooked poultry such as chicken or turkey is safe to eat in the refrigerator for only 1 to 2 days. For poultry are cut into pieces, these parts are stored safely in the same period of time.

If you want to keep your fresh chicken in the best condition in these 2 days, you should contain it in a leak-proof container to avoid its juice leaking and contamination other foods in the fridge. Keeping raw chicken on the lowest shelf in your fridge might be one of the best methods to lengthen its and other food shelf life.

#2 Cooked Chicken

Comparing to raw chicken, cooked chicken can last for a longer time up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge, even for whole chicken or parts. Though you cook your chicken in multiple ways such as broiling or deep-frying, it is said that chicken is only safe to eat in up to 4 days.

Cooked poultry like chicken also needs a special storing method to keep it reach the longest storing time, prevent it from going bad too soon. After processing chicken, within 2 hours at room temperature ( about 20 to 25 degrees C) and 1 hour at a higher temperature, you should put it in the refrigerator. Beyond that time, bacteria will grow and create a good condition for mold to develop, you cannot eat your cooked chicken anymore to avoid food poisoning and unsafety. Place cooked chicken in an airtight container might guarantee that it lasts for about 3 to 4 days, so might reduce the ability of rotten food.

#3 Vacuum sealed chicken

Vacuum seal chicken is also a popular product you might easily find in the supermarket. I guess some of you still confuse about its lifetime if you store in the fridge. Because vacuum sealers are used to remove air in bag so it is a great way to preserve chicken’s flavor and freshness for a longer time than normal ways. This method might lengthen not only your raw but also cooked chicken for up to 6 days, keep your food safe 50% more days in the fridge.

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Conclusion

All the information above is just for reference, you need to stick to the reality to decide how long you will keep your chicken in the fridge. Obviously, I would recommend that storing chicken by vacuum sealers is the greatest choice if you think the storing time of other ordinary methods is too short and quite hard for you to consume in just few days.

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How To Keep Cereal Fresh?

Nutritious cereal is a quintessential health gift of nature bestowed on people. Through the skillful processing of human beings, nutritious cereals that become essential foods for people from children to the elderly, all need them at every stage. It is not only providing a rich source of nutrition, but also works very well with good health and beauty.

Currently the needs of people who regularly use nutritious cereals are increasing but most do not know how long is cereal good for and how to keep cereal fresh? That’s why we will show you how to preserve nutritious cereals in the best way!

How long is cereal good for?

Most cereals are best used in a few months, should not be left too long. No matter how good the preservation is, the nutrients and flavors of food will also be reduced. You should use all of the cereal within a few months after purchasing. And to extend the shelf life of cereal you can store it in the refrigerator but not for more than 1 year.

The cereals often have different shelf life and the specific shelf life of each kind is as follows:

  • Oats: If preserved in the appropriate environment, the shelf life of oats is only 1 year. For oats processed into starch, it can be used within 5 months. If you leave oatmeal for too long, it will lose nutrients or lumpy and moldy. So if you want to eat oats, you should buy them in small quantities to use them gradually.
  • Rice: Shelf life from 6- 8 months, if left too long or the environment is not good for storage, rice is easy to have weevils and mold.
  • Peanut: 9 months
  • Cashew: 8 months
  • Almonds: 12 months.
  • Legumes: 12 months.

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Tips for preserving cereals are fresh

#1 Choose suitable containers

When storing cereal, you need to store it in a dry, covered container. It is best to choose high quality plastic and glass food containers, lids with rubber rings, fit snugly into the box body with high tightness. In these items, cereals will be preserved longer.

#2 Bring containers when buying cereals

If you buy odd grain at shops or supermarkets, not available in a separate packaging, you should bring items to store cereals. You should minimize the contact of cereals with plastic packaging, which easily reduces the quality and nutrients in rice and cereals.

#3 Store in a well-ventilated location

Cereals whether you buy a lot or not, you should also store it in dry, ventilated places such as dresser and kitchen counter.

Do not place them in humid places, in places with high temperatures or direct contact with the sun, as it will make the cereal reduce flavor, quality and nutrients very quickly.

Conclusion

Either way, each type of nutritious cereal will have a certain shelf life. If after the overdue, the cereal is still fragrant, usable, you should still remove and replace new cereal to ensure safety.

Enjoying regular cereal dishes will be good for your health. The nutritional cereals have instructions before use and are easy to process with low cost and suitable for all subjects in the family or relatives. However, depending on the type and purpose of use there will be different ways of preservation, this is extremely important, so be aware. For pregnant women and young children, consult a doctor to properly use cereal.

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How to Tell if Cooked Rice Is Bad?

Cooked rice is a staple that has been boiled and steamed with water and heat. Maybe leftover cooked rice is no longer strange for most of people, you can store it at room temperature and also a refrigerator or freezer to keep it last longer. Stir-frying or reheating leftover rice to use later is not a bad idea but how will it be if the leftover rice turns bad? Moreover, how can you recognize and avoid a bowl of spoiled cooked rice and how long can you eat rice after cooking? But before I give you some tips, there is some information about storage methods that I think you should know.

If you use a fridge to store cooked rice, the precise number is 6 days and can reach up to 6 months in a freezer to lengthen the leftover shelf life. However, without cooling appliances, your leftover cooked rice can last for only 2 hours for the best quality in taste and texture. It is also the perfect time for spores inside cannot transform into bacteria and cause food poisoning.

An airtight container, aluminum foil or reusable plastic bag are some good things which can guarantee a longer storage lifetime and better food quality.

Though even you store the leftover in the right way, it still gets spoil in some way, so how to recognize it easily? How to tell if cooked rice is bad? Here are some tips that will answer your question.

#1 The leftover turns super hard and dry in texture

This visual sign illustrates that leftover rice will dry out more day by day even you leave it at room temperature or cooling equipment. When it reaches its limit of hardness or dryness and you feel even it is reheated, the moisture might be not restored again, so instead of keeping eating, the only thing you need to do is throw it away. I think your house should keep some airtight containers indoors because they will reduce the ability of super hard and dry leftover rice.

#2 The cooked rice is left unrefrigerated for too long

Many science articles show if you cool down food and then thaw them at room temperature or in cold water, especially from 40 to 140 degrees F in a very long time, food spoilage seems to happen more easily. The word “too long” here means it is not longer than 2 hours – the perfect time for storing at room temperature as I’ve said above.

#3 The cooked rice is cooled and then heated many times

I know you want to maximize the shelf life of the leftover rice as long as possible but could you imagine the quality of it will be worse when it’s storage environment is changed continuously? Leftover cooked rice has to face up with the transformation from a low temperature in a fridge to a higher one that contributes to the faster expansion of bacteria.

#4 The cooked rice has an unpleasant smell

If there is an unpleasant smell such as moldy or musty, it must be the best sign to toss it right away. Leftover rice is stored in a wrong way or over time, this ability obviously cannot keep the original taste of your food, moreover, you can also get food poisoning. Therefore, the proper storage method is so important that decide the shelf life of any leftover food, do not forget. For more proper storage methods, you can go and check here.

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{Recipe} – Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

All and all, I eat pretty healthy. I can’t tell you the last time I went to a fast food restaurant (Chipotle doesn’t count). I  have a protein shake for breakfast most mornings. I say no to the donuts that are brought to my office every Friday morning. I’m not that big of a fan of cake anyway, so skipping out on a slice of pound cake or a cupcake doesn’t bother me.

And then there are cookies.

Cookies may well be my kryptonite.

The last two Fridays, I have bribed myself to finish work tasks by promising myself that if I did, I could walk across the street to Paradox Pastry and buy a cookie. It should be noted that their cookies are A) amazing and B) the size of my head. It’s also noteworthy that while they always have a gluten-free option or two, I almost never get said gluten-free cookie because – cookies.

For the last couple events I have needed to bring a dish to, I have made Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. If you are looking for an easy cookie recipe guaranteed to be a hit, this is it. The best part? You don’t have to use raspberry preserves. You can use whatever strikes your fancy. I made these cookies Sunday night using my mom’s homemade strawberry and stored in the best containers . A co-worker informed me they were “strawberry sin.”

How do you make these “sinful” raspberry thumbprint cookies? (Or strawberry, marmalade, blackberry…) With only 5 ingredients, that’s how.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 8oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup, 6 TBSP of sugar
  • 2 cups, 6 TBSP of flour
  • Preserves of your choice

Directions

Super important: The dough has to chill in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, but I recommend up to two hours. 

  1. In a mixing bowl, blend butter and cream cheese until it reaches a fluffy texture. To shortcut the “room temperature” aspect, pop the butter and/or cream cheese into the microwave for about 15-20 seconds.
  2. Add sugar, blending until well-combined.
  3. Add flour slowly, blending until combined.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 45 minute to 2 hours.

When I know I’m making these cookies, I plan ahead to make the dough before I need to, say, run an errand. That way, I’m not tempted to hurry the process along.

Once your dough has chilled:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Remove the bowl from the fridge and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on the cookie sheet.
  4. Using your thumb, press down into each ball, creating an indention.
  5. Fill the indention with the preserve of your choice – careful not to overfill as it runs and causes all sorts of stickiness, not to mention makes the cookie not quite as pretty (although still just as good!)
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the cookies are just starting to brown. They will be soft when you take them out – this is a good thing! I have found the sweet spot for my oven is 10 minutes, but ovens do vary.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

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{Recipe} Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage

I love anything I can put in my Crock-Pot. It cooks all day and by dinnertime, my meal is ready. It’s especially great to come home to a Crock-Pot meal after a long day work, especially when its cold out. This slow cooker creole chicken and sausage recipe is perfect for those who want a warm, hearty meal, but without the calories.

The original slow cooker creole chicken and sausage recipe can be found at Pinch of Yum.  Below are my modifications to make it Arbonne-friendly.

Ingredients* 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 ounces Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

*To make it Arbonne-friendly, I used all organic products.

Directions 

  • Place everything except the black beans, peppers, and almond butter in the crock pot.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  • During the last hour of cooking, add the black beans, green peppers, and almond butter. I know almond butter sounds odd, but trust me, it’s delicious in this recipe!

I served mine over rice, with a side of rice tortilla chips. A couple of nights, I even topped it with guacamole – highly recommended! A serving size is a cup, and one recipe serves six. At least, I’ve had enough to eat it for six meals!

Check out the original recipe on Pinch of Yum for a few more extras you can add, too! I bet the addition of brown sugar makes it even better. 

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How to Choose the Right Travel Backpack

There comes a time in your traveling plans when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or just close it. It’s all about shifting from the past miserable trip experiences with backpacks. An appropriate pack will determine the success of your travel.

What should you consider when buying a backpack?

In the first place, you have to inspect before you invest. Consider getting answers to the following questions pertaining comfort, security and the convenience of the backpack.

Why do you need a pack?

As fundamental as it is, this question entails much significance. Most definitely, you could be having an activity with you at hand or just in mind. You may be opting to buy a backpack only for an emergency in case an outdoor need arises, for instance, an impromptu mountain climbing or hiking exercise. After you’ve got the answer correct, then choose the right backpack?

What is the capacity of the backpack?

Consider the volume of the backpack. We measure the magnitude of a kitbag in LITRES. How can you visualize ‘litres of space? ‘Here is a general guide to that:

20 L: Also referred to as daypacks and is best for day trips. Here, you only carry simple light stuff like drinks and lunch.

30-50 L: It suits best for winter day trips or weekend adventures.

70-80 L: Best apply for expeditions and camping trips that take more prolonged periods.

Worldwide, three standard backpack sizes are recognized: small, medium and large. Consider your needs and decide the most appropriate type of the pack. Determine the bulkiness of the gear and other stuff you intend to carry. Have in mind the number of seasons you are going to be out.

What is the backpack’s fit?

The most appropriate backpack is the one that fits your torso length (not your overall height). It should grip on your hips comfortably. The pack should fit on your shoulder. Sagging and misfit of backpacks is a result of inaccurate scales.

Which material best meet your needs?

Choose durable material that is light and of high quality. The standard fabric used in making packs include nylon, canvas, and polyester.

What kind of frames do you need?

Backpacks can either have adjustable frames or fixed frames. Flexible frames allow you to shorten or lengthen the pack. The structures enable you to adjust to your torso length for perfect fitting. Depending on one’s turn to carry the backpack, adjustable frames allow sharing one pack between two people. Shopping for fixed frame model needs some testing first. Load the package with some weight, walk around and see that it’s right. Mostly, storekeepers will only allow you to test from their stores.

Does it have compartments?

These are separate divisions on the inside of the backpack for particular purposes. They include pockets for keeping cameras and laptops. Choose packs with mesh pockets that are easy to reach. These are essential for fixing water bottles. Choose pockets that are secure. Some backpacks have a zippered stash which is at the bottom. It’s called a sleeping bag compartment, and it functions when you don’t opt to use the stuff sack as a sleeping bag. Most of the packs have a removable daypack. It is a unique feature of summit hikes and day trips. Some also have top lids which can separate from the main pack and act as hip belts for day trips.

Are the hip belts well designed on the backpack?

The bulk of the load in a backpack is supported by your hips and not the back. The best straps are the ones that run around your hips and further cross your stomach. Well-fixed quality belts balance the load in the backpack. The weight is made stable on the back of the carrier. If you intend to reduce the strain on your spine and shoulders, then fix the hip belts correctly on your hips and not your waist.

What kind of padding does it have?

Hip belts and shoulder straps that are padded to reduce discomfort on long hikes with a heavy pack.  Most campers neglect this, during the summer season. They carry backpacks with rough strapping fabric which end up rubbing through their lightweight clothing.

Belts should be broad, thick, and easy to adjust. Quality straps make you carry the backpack comfortably. They enhance the distribution of weight evenly across your shoulders. Inferior belts cause pain on the travel.

Is the backpack waterproof?

How embarrassing is it, to get yourself caught up in a downpour, then all your gear gets soaked. Backpacks made of waterproof fabric are the most appropriate to help you keep off the worst weather conditions.

Does it have proper ventilation?

As mentioned, this option is a plus point in the latest customer survey of backpacks likes and dislikes. People that sweat all time should choose a backpack with a unique, designed ventilated mesh. This feature provides an allowance of air circulation between the pack and your back.

Does it have a hydration reservoir?

Almost all backpacks have a hydration reservoir. It is a unique sleeve designed inside the pack. It enables you to slip a hydration reservoir plus one or two “hose portals.”

What is the brand of the backpack?

Verify the company of your choice. Determine the reputation and efficiency of the firm. The aspect of quality in the company’s production is also a factor to consider. Make necessary confirmation on a substantial guarantee basing on material and manufacturing faults. Check and validate that the company in question has a support desk for customer services.

I consider this as an informative guide to folks out there, who are planning for travels soon. Begin a thorough survey in the market stores, on the different backpacks in the market. Plan adequately in advance and go for the right choice of the pack. By so doing, you will enjoy your trip experience to the fullest.

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Make Soup Night a Success with These Simple Tips

When it comes to cooking the tastiest food, it often boils down to having the best soup (pardon the pun). However, to cook a delicious soup is indispensable for a soup pot.

Got friends over who moan groan about Soup Night? All that has got to stop, particularly since it’s such an efficient meal choice. Consider these procedures to making your soup night a win!

Stout Potato Soup with Bacon and Tarragon

A few people experience serious difficulties thinking about soup as a meal. They frequently botch it as a side dish rather than a primary course. Or then again they shrug off the possibility of broth and vegetable. Unfortunately, my kids make up this category of people.
Tips for Making Soup Night a win!
I’ve been trying out new methods to make soup night somewhat less demanding to swallow, for kids and grown-ups alike:

1. Offer a choice.

It doesn’t matter if you get ready two different decisions of soup or assortment of toppings to pick from; make a few choices accessible. This helps brighten up soup night as well as letting soup eaters to have some power in the issue.

2. Provide some lovely bread.

My children totally adore breadsticks and Garlic Focaccia and some popovers too. By letting them have these on soup night, I’m giving the children — of any age — a remarkable treat to look forward to, as well as the soup.
After all other options have been exhausted, crackers and cheese work as well.

3. Bake an awesome dessert.

It’s stunning to me how rapidly the children can munch down a bowl of soup when they know there is an extraordinary dessert like some Slab Apple Pie to finish off with.
While I can’t say I’m paying them off, I am compensating the great eater with some treat. I assume that in the long run, they’ll grow a desire for the said soup and not require a reward to eat it then.

4. Serve it with a smile.

If your kids are finding it difficult to get accustomed to soup night, don’t sweat it. Through experimentation, you’ll discover approaches to get around it.
For our family, I’ve understood that stews and chilis are superior to more slender soups. The critical part is for every one of us to eat what is available with satisfaction. What’s more, ideally, my lively state of mind (and diligence) will help make it a charming experience.

5. Create a library of most loved soup recipes.

It isn’t so much that a few people don’t care for soup. It’s that they haven’t discovered soups that they enjoy. Through experimentation, you’ll discover the correct recipes and styles to fit the people at your table.
For example, my dad couldn’t care less for smooth, mixed soups, so in case I’m making something for the entire family, I normally opt for chunkier soups like Bean Stew or Spicy Bee or Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. I spare the mixed soups for snacks with the children or when I have lady friends coming over.
Try out a wide range of soup recipes available. For a spell, my companion Lynn facilitated a week-long Soup’s On!, building a collection of recipes she knew her family cherished. A Feast of Soups is an extraordinary soup cookbook that you should try reading. Or on the other hand, check out Good Cheap Eats Soup Archives and Life as Mom Soup Archives for more soup motivation.
Have fun making soup nights a win!

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