Third NYE Feast – Dec 2008



Hummus and pita, Cajun chicken nuggets, Minestrone soup

So, I LOVE hummus (doesn’t everyone lately?), and I wanted to try making it myself. But mine didn’t turn out good! I mixed up my chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon juice with my blender, per Jessica’s “recipe,” but something just wasn’t right. I toyed with it for a long time adding a little more of this, a little of that, but it just didn’t turn out very tasty. It may have been because I didn’t have very high quality EVOO? I don’t know…

The Minestrone Soup

was actually an Olive Garden “copycat” recipe I found at

  1. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  3. Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
  4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  6. Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.

It was good; I’d probably rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I didn’t care for the frozen green beans, as they got got of mushy. I also thought the zucchini got mushy and didn’t care for it in the soup. But it make soooo much. It was very hearty and good.

Definitely the best part was the nuggets! I actually make these for dinner all the time now, they are sooo good. This recipe is from

Cajun-Style Chicken Nuggets Recipe

  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine the onion recipe soup mix, bread crumbs, chili powder, cumin, thyme, and pepper.
  2. Dip the cubed chicken in bread crumb mixture, coating well.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/2-inch oil over medium temperature and saute chicken, turning once, until done; drain on paper towels.
  4. Dip in honey mustard!

Oh yeah, we also splurged and got Bailey’s and Kahlua (and vodka) and made White Russians 🙂

7 thoughts on “Third NYE Feast – Dec 2008

  1. I told you the authentic version…maybe you’re used to the american version? idk. they might put sugar in it at restaurants.

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