Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup @sarcasticcook

In over three years of blogging I have never posted a recipe for this soup! Whaaaaa?!?!?! Can you believe it? I know, I know, every food blog out there has a similar or different recipe for this soup. I had to throw my hat into the ring too.

The first time I had this soup was at Bennigan’s. Remember those? Remember that this is my least favorite restaurant on the planet? Not that it was bad food or anything. It was just that we went there every other Sunday with my Grandma. I don’t care what kind of restaurant it is. If you go there that often the food kind of gets boring. [Read more…]

No Fuss Beef and Black Bean Chili

No Fuss Beef and Black Bean Chili | Sarcastic Cooking

Hey! All you adults out there! Do you budget? No, it isn’t some new-fangled slang term that means something weird or sexual. It is just a straight up budget, a spending plan, so to speak. Since the age of 23, give or take five years, I have had my fair share of budgeted living and Excel spreadsheets shoved in my face about what I earn and how I spend.

Spoiler alert: One of those is way higher than the other one, and it isn’t my income. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Mushroom Barley Soup

Meatless Monday: Mushroom Barley Soup | Sarcastic Cooking

Ummm… I must have a severe case of Mom brain, because I made this recipe and then I kind of got a funny feeling. So, I searched the archives only to see I made this soup before. It was made during the first year of this little old blog. Maybe we just forget I ever mentioned this and chalk it up to really, really loving mushroom barley soup.

Also, not going to lie, my brain is still moving a little slow from the wedding I was in over the weekend. But, again, let’s just forget that fact too.

Since, I am all over the place today, I am just going to cut to the chase and share this hearty and filling soup recipe with you all.

I swear my yarns and tales will be back in check for the next post!


Classic Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup | Sarcastic Cooking

A classic recipe for mushroom barley soup.

  • 4 Ounces of Dried Mushrooms, any kind
  • 3 Cups Boiling Hot Water
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup Onion, diced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, grated
  • 1 pint Shitake Mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 pint Baby Portobello Mushrooms, cleaned and sliced into thirds
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 Cup Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
  • ½ Cup Pearl Barley
  1. Combine the dried mushrooms and boiling water. Let them sit and steep for at least thirty minutes until reconstituted. Strain out the mushrooms, chop, and set off to the side.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium/low heat. Add the onion and saute for 5-7 minutes until almost translucent. Add the chopped mushrooms and saute another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for one minute until fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour gradually and stir to combine with the butter. Add the wine, stir until combined with the roux. Pour in the mushroom stock along with the vegetable stock and whisk vigorously to combine with the roux. Add the reconstituted mushrooms back to the pot and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a simmer over medium/high heat. Add in the barley and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer for thirty minutes until the barley is tender.
  5. Remove lid and let slightly cool before serving.
  • Preparation time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup | Sarcastic Cooking

Oh, dorm life. It had its ups and downs. Um, downs for sure were sharing living quarters with somebody who had a serious boyfriend. Weekend nights when said boyfriend came to visit, uh-uh, if you know what I mean. On the upside, all of your meals are within walking distance and all the money you ever needed for food was on a little plastic card that didn’t come out of your pocket!!!!

College life was simpler. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale, and Quinoa Chili

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale, and Quinoa Chili | Sarcastic Cooking

Remember last week when I warned you that this was the month of soup and chili? I was not lying! This week holds both a chili and a soup recipe. Also, SPOILER ALERT, next week is looking to be kind of the same. You’ll thank me when that cold weather hits and all you have to do is pull a frozen Tupperware brick out of your freezer and plop it into a pot. [Read more…]

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