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Ask Carb Diva: Questions & Answers About Food, Cooking, & Recipes #69

Updated on January 27, 2019
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Exploring food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes, one ingredient at a time.

As I write this, we are in the final days of 2018. Why you may ask, did I begin this article one month ago? I knew that at the end of January my family and I would be in "the happiest place on earth", otherwise known as Disneyland. This little column takes at least 4 hours of work each week, and if I'm rubbing elbows with Mickey and company, there are not 4 hours to spare.

So, this episode will be different from the rest.

Short.

Brief.

Question-less.

But, I do leave with you my weekly bowl of Alphabet Soup.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • ½ pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 14-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 1 pound new or Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup sour cream (not non-fat)
  • 1 ½ pounds white fish (cod or halibut are excellent choices) cut into small chunks
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place butter, lemon juice, onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers in a large stockpot. Sauté until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add chicken broth and potatoes; bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir together cornstarch, water, and sour cream. Stir into ingredients in stockpot, stirring constantly until blended.
  4. Add fish to stockpot and cook about 5 minutes or until fish is done (remove one piece to test; it should flake easily with a fork).
  5. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

We're Organized

Did you know that there is a Table of Contents for this series? I have created an article that provides a detailed listing of each question I've received. It's broken down by category, and within each category, the questions are listed alphabetically. Each question is actually a hotlink back to the original post.

Here's a link to that Table of Contents.

If you like this series, you'll love this! And, I have recently added to that Table of Contents an Index of all of the "Alphabet Soup" recipes. I love you guys.

I Shall Return

If you have questions about foods, cooking techniques, or nutrition you can ask them here. If you are in search of an old recipe or need ideas on how to improve an existing one I can help you. If you want to learn more, let's do it together. Present your questions, your ideas, your comments below. Or, you can write to me personally at this email address: lindalum52@gmail.com.

And, I promise that there will always be at least one photo of a kitty in every Monday post.

© 2019 Linda Lum

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    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, your house rocks with happy!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I had to order ""Kitchen Dance" by Maurie J. Manning." Meanwhile I will shut the Refer door with my buty and the oven door with my heel.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Mary, your story about the car is probably the way that my husband feels about me. He is 6 ft 2, and so I can pick him out of a crowd anywhere. On the other hand, I'm 5 ft nothing, and so when we are shopping, he always loses me because the store displays tower over me.

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      Mary Wickison 

      4 months ago from Brazil

      The recipe sounds really good and I love the easy life of soups.

      I hope you enjoyed your time at Disneyland. When I was young my mother took us, and we lost our car! We had to wait until everyone left the parking lot to find it.

      After that day, she always tied a red ribbon around the antenna. She told people it was to show support for the local football team, but we knew differently.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you should go to your local public library and look for the book "Kitchen Dance" by Maurie J. Manning.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, what is kitchen dancing called. My wife I were doing some hip jiving the other morning. A frying pan is a fine instrument.and food frying is a great snare drum. Playing spoons puts a beat down, Of course the empty milk jug does fine for the low down.

      They have got to have a name for such a silly band play surely.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Shauna, that's such a good question. We also have ditched sour cream in favor of Greek yogurt. But Mr. Carb has gotten into the habit of eating a bowl of yogurt and granola for breakfast, so have "too much" is never an issue here.

      I'll post an answer on Monday. I'm sure a lot of people have the same problem.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I have a question regarding Greek yogurt. I use plain Greek yogurt in recipes that call for sour cream because of the huge health benefits (probiotics) over sour cream. It tastes the same as sour cream and has the same texture. I even use it on baked potatoes and tacos. Frankly, I don't buy sour cream anymore.

      However, plain Greek yogurt either comes in single servings or quart packages. I don't use it enough to warrant buying the quart size and the single serving doesn't come with an air-tight lid. My question is this: If I buy the quart size, can I freeze the unused portion until ready to use? If so, what is the best way to do so? Spoon into an ice tray? Wrap the container in foil before freezing?

      Help!

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Shauna I thought I replied to this a few minutes ago but I don't see it now.

      This soup is really good with some hot fresh cornbread.

      I got your email and will write when we get back. Typing on this tiny screen with slow internet is for the birds. Next week back to reality.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Hi Shauna, its really good on a cold day with some warm cornbread. I got your email and will reply when I get back. I find it difficult to write on my smart phone with slow internet.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I've never heard of this dish before now. It sounds yummy!

      Have fun with Mickey. You picked a good time of year to head to a warmer state!

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you Audrey. I'm in California right now and hope the rain holds off just one more day. I'm glad you like the series but we're nearing the end. I have another concept brewing but it will not be as long as this one.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thanks for your recipe for "Red Pepper Fish Chowder". With 2 more rainstorms approaching this is the perfect time to experiment with a new soup.

      Enjoy this series!

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Rochelle, the kitty is the love that you add to the dish.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      4 months ago from California Gold Country

      You didn't list the kitty in the ingredients.

      Wave at the Plaza Restaurant, my granddaughter works there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I remember taking my boys on that ride, and it is fun.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thanks Pamela. Right now I'm on line for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Linda, The soup sounds delicious. Have a grand time at Disneyland.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish I'll keep a lookout for them. I've not made Caesar dressing in ages because my daughter no longer eats anchovies. When I get home I'll resurrect my old recipe for you and will work on a vegetarian version. (Ancovies are good in so many things. They are great in pasta sauce. Just a touch that melts in).

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you Bill. Will read the mailbag when I get back.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Eric. I did write about chokes. Search on Exploring Artichokes. When I return I will send you the link. Grilled tomatoes sounds awesome. I'll work on that for you too.

      Thank you for your kindness.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I wonder about your intro. Right here and right now reading Linda just might be a very happiest place for me. Thank you for all the blessings you pass forward to my home.

      Now it would be expected that you already wrote on these so a "link" will do.

      Best way to cook an Aritchoke?

      I carry in some tomatoes on our big hikes. Big ones. Slice in half "gut" and then broil up our caught fish along with the tomato meat. It is crude as it bakes in tin foil in the coals. Is there a real recipe for this?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev is off for jury duty, you are in sunny CA, and I'm here with 150 birds. Sigh! Have a fantastic time!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Have a wonderful time at Disney with your family, and if you see Eeyore, give him a big hug for me. He's my favorite. Tigger and the crowd are close behind. When you get back and have time, my dad would love your favorite ceasar salad dressing recipe. Thinking of you!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      That soup sounds wonderful. Have a grand time at Disneyland.

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