This was originally a Naval recipe that I stumbled upon years ago, but it makes the best white chili I have ever had. This is a family favorite soup of ours perfect for cold weather, as it really warms you up. Loma and I use a Le Creuset cast iron Dutch Oven to create this heaven in a bowl. The cast iron pan produces a nice even heat that minimizes the risk of burning. By using one pot for the dish, we capture all the depth of flavor from the brown bits created from the browning process. You can substitute Chicken stock for the Turkey stock, but the homemade Turkey stock adds a deep, rich flavor to the soup.
Spanish bean soup, Potajes de garbanzos, has long been a Cuban tradition. My first taste of this soup was at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida near Tampa. It was love at first taste! I truly could not get enough of it. Like can't-put-it-down-lick-the-bottom-of-the-bowl delicious... ok so I didn't do that at the restaurant in front of my mother-in-law, but I wanted too. As with any addiction, I needed my fix of this soup and seeing as I live 1,548 miles from Ybor City.... I had to learn to make this at home.
This is a comforting soup best served with a big slice of crusty bread. If there are any leftovers its even better the next day.
No store-bought jar of pesto can compare to this easy to make fresh homemade version of basil pesto. Classic recipes call for pine nuts and if you have them by all means go ahead and use them. I find walnuts to be more economical and I like the flavor a little bit more. When tossing with pasta, mix with some of the starchy pasta water to thin pesto.
I'm not sure who was the originator of this buttermilk dressing recipe, maybe Aunt Loma Gereau-Carlson or Aunt Lola Schafer. What I do remember is this was my dad, Pug Steinhoff's favorite salad dressing recipe and was always a staple in our refrigerator while growing up. He would put in on everything including potatoes and fish. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the he was a bit particular about making it only with Jilbert's Dairy Buttermilk. This is the perfect dressing to pour over some sliced cucumbers and onions.
This is the ultimate gooey tasty goodness for game day! I have to pay respect to the originator of this sandwich - Mario's of Kansas City, MO. You can find information at marioswestport.com. This was a favorite childhood sandwich for me, as my father would bring these home after a long day at work. Unfortunately, I have never found another location that makes these, so I learned how to make them on my own. This would be an Italian equivalent to the Pasty in the UP. On a football Sunday, it's hard to find a more satisfying sandwich.