Archive for September 30, 2015

Apple Picking Fun!

Hey everybody!

It’s getting to be that time of year again…the weather is cooler, the nights are crisp, the leaves are beginning to do their “magical” change, annnnd the apples are ready! I LOVE making yummy things from fresh apples! And, rest assured, I’ll be sharing some great apple recipes in the near future! (My mind’s already ticking away!)

This past Friday, my daughter Hannah, some of our friends, and I went apple picking at A & M Farm Orchard in Midland, OH. They have MANY rows of trees and so many varieties to choose from…Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Melrose, Granny Smith to name just a few!

We enjoyed time together with friends as well as picking so many delicious apples to bring home! (I snagged a few pie pumpkins too!) The Jonathan apples we picked came off of a tree that’s over 80 years old! (They have lots more Jonathan trees, but I couldn’t resist getting ours off that wonderful old tree!) 🙂

Hopefully you’ll enjoy the pictures from our apple picking day and, if you’re ever near Midland, OH during apple picking season, you should stop by A & M Farm Orchard to get some delicious apples and have a great time!

See y’all again soon!

~Renee

The Apple House...filled with LOTS of yummy things...bags of apples (for those who don't want to pick all their apples), pie pumpkins, apple chips, snacks and all kinds of goodies.

The Apple House…filled with LOTS of yummy things…bags of apples (for those who don’t want to pick all their apples), pie pumpkins, apple chips, snacks and all kinds of goodies.

Just a few of the MANY rows of apple trees here at the farm.

Just a few of the MANY rows of apple trees here at the farm.

As you can see, they number the rows to make it easier for you to find which kind of apples you'd like to pick. We had made it to row 10 (so far).

As you can see, they number the rows to make it easier for you to find which kind of apples you’d like to pick. We had made it to row 10 (so far).

My view looking up into the 80+ year old Jonathan apple tree. This tree is HUGE.

My view looking up into the 80+ year old Jonathan apple tree. This tree is HUGE.

Our friend Cami helping me get apples. Thanks Cami!

Our friend Cami helping me get apples. Thanks Cami!

Look at the LOADS of yummy apples!

Look at the LOADS of yummy apples!

#apples #applepicking #goodfriends #orchard #Fall

**PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

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Chicken Taco Soup

Hey there!

I don’t know about you but we’ve had some cooler weather lately and it makes me think SOUP! I LOVE soup anyway but cooler weather makes me CRAVE the stuff!

I came up with this recipe the other day when I had some leftover chicken in the fridge. I thought it’d make a great soup but I wanted something a little different from the “standard” chicken noodle soup (which I love too!).

This soup worked out really well…everybody that tried it loved it too! It’s easy to customize for your taste too. You can serve it with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese and crumble a few tortilla chips into it. (or any combination you like) Easy peasy!

Enjoy this yummy Mexican twist on chicken soup…I KNOW we’ll be using this recipe many times…I hope you will too!

Happy Cooking!

~Renee

Adding the tomatoes to all that yummy chicken.

Adding the tomatoes to all that yummy chicken.

Pouring in the corn that I got from the farmer's market.

Pouring in the corn that I got from the farmer’s market.

Adding the taco seasoning. That recipe is on my blog too. (It's really good...and very economical.)

Adding the taco seasoning. That recipe is on my blog too. (It’s really good…and very economical.)

Now, for the black beans.

Now, for the black beans.

Here are the little containers of taco seasoning I make to keep on hand. I put the teaspoon in the picture so you can see they're pretty small.

Here are the little containers of taco seasoning I make to keep on hand. I put the teaspoon in the picture so you can see they’re pretty small.

Super delicious soup! :)

Super delicious soup! 🙂

Chicken Taco Soup

1 Large Rotisserie (or baked) Chicken

3 Cans Diced Tomatoes (with juice)

4 Cups Water

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Corn

1 Can Black Beans, rinsed & drained

1 tsp Dried, Minced Onion

1 Clove Garlic, minced

1 1/2-2 Packets Taco Seasoning (store bought or homemade~recipe as follows)

Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Take the rotisserie chicken and remove the meat from the bones, breaking into bite-sized pieces; put into a stock pot or dutch oven. Add the water. Turn burner to medium high so mixture can begin heating while you add the other ingredients.
  2.  Add the corn, beans, onion, and garlic. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring soup to a slow simmer and cook for approximately an hour so the flavors incorporate well.

4. Remove from heat. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips, if desired. Delicioso!!!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

All rights reserved.

#chicken #taco #soup #greatfood #easy#mexican