Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Well folks, we've made it to the end of our soup series. I hope that these soup recipes will keep you warm on the cold winter nights ahead! Like I mentioned last week, for the month of December, we will be featuring guest bloggers for the Tasty Tuesday! We hope you enjoy them, and I'll see you again in January! Also, if you ever come across an awesome, fun, or just gotta share recipe - we'd love to feature it on the blog! Send it me - latisha@scarletthreads.org or Eileen - eileen@scarletthreads.org

And now on to the recipe!

You'll Need: 1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Jalapeno, chopped
1-3 Chicken Breasts, cubed and cooked

3 Cans Chicken Broth
1 Can Rotel
2 Cans Tomato Soup
3 Limes - Extract the juice
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin

Tortilla Chips
Monterrey or Cheddar Cheese, shredded

To Do:
With the first set of ingredients, saute until tender.
Then in a large pot, add sauteed items, and the second set of ingredients; bring to a boil then simmer as long as desired - the longer the better to get the flavors nice and blended.
In an individual bowl, place tortilla chips then cover with soup and top with shredded cheese and avocado.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Come One, Come All! Cyber Monday!

Just wanted to let everybody know that we are having a Cyber Monday Sale!! Get $10 off purchases of $60 or more before shipping and tax with Google Checkout. Limit 1 per person. Offer available all day today (Monday, November 29th) until 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. We are also still offering our free shipping on orders of $30. So if you've been thinking about getting one of our great products, today is the day!

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays from all of us at Scarlet Threads!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Cowboy Stew

Well, we're getting to the end of our soup series; we'll finish up November with one last soup then for the month of December, we are going to feature guest bloggers. We hope that you enjoy those!

But let's get on to this week's soup!

You'll need:
2 pounds of hamburger meat
2 cans of Ranch style beans

1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
4-6 potatoes, cut up into small chunks
1 package of taco seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans of tomato sauce

To do:
Brown the hamburger meat and drain. In a large pot, add po
tatoes and 2-3 cups of water. Cook about 1 hour on medium low heat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Cook for 30 minutes; then add the rest of the vegetables. Stir and cook for another 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

Don't forget the cornbread!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Cream of Tomato Basil Soup

Continuing with the soup-themed November, this week's recipe comes from my friend Kathryn and is rumored to be inspired by la Madeleine's delicious soup.

You'll Need:
4 cups tomatoes, cored, peeled and chopped or canned
whole tomatoes
4 cups tomato juice (or part vegetable or part chicken
12-14 basil leaves, washed fresh
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 lb sweet unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
lemon juice (optional)

To Do:
1. Combine tomatoes, juice, and/or stock in saucepan.
2. Simmer 30 minutes
3. Puree, along with basil leaves, in food processor
or by hand held food blender. Return to saucepan and
add cream and butter, while stirring over low heat.
Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite

I suggest using half tomato juice, half chicken stock instead of only tomato juice; I feel like all juice makes the soup taste more like tomato juice rather than tomato soup.


Seen here with the newly retired Molly.
If you're looking for another beautiful half-apron, check out Kyra!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

And the Winners are . . .

After much debate we have chosen names for the new items in our line! Thank you everyone who participated!

For the Christmas Tree Skirt with the Red band: Noelle, name by Tara
The Christmas Tree Skirt with the Gold band: Genevieve, named by WilxFamily
The Mommy and Me Aprons: Aubergine (soft 'g'), named by Lexiloo
And last but not least the Half Apron: Kyra (Ky-ruh), named by Crissy

Winners, please contact me at latisha@scarletthreads.org to get your coupon code for 50% off one item!

Also, if you gave a suggestion, we have a coupon for you too! Email me to get it!

Thanks again to everyone! The new items should be online to order soon, so get ready to shop!

Tisha, Carrie and Eileen

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Now that you've gone to the village chicken lady and have your very fresh chicken (See last week's Tasty Tuesday post by Carrie), you're ready to get cooking! Some homemade chicken noodle soup will keep you warm this fall!

You'll need:
approx. 1lb of chicken, cut up into 1 inch cubes
6 cups of chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic
celery, sliced
carrots, sliced
1/2 bag of egg noodles
Salt and Pepper to taste

This is a pretty easy recipe, as most soups are; it just takes a little time to let the flavors blend.

To do:
In a large pot, put the chicken and chicken broth on medium high heat.

Add the two peeled garlic cloves; the best way to make sure you don't lose these is to spear them with a toothpick, so you can find them later. You don't want someone thinking they are going to take a bite of chicken and get garlic instead!

Once the chicken is white, add the veggies. Cook for 1o minutes to soften them up, then add the egg noodles and salt and pepper to taste. It's also kind of nice to add some lemon juice if you like that.

Turn the heat down to low and cook for at least another 30 minutes; the longer you let it cook the more the flavors will be blended.

This'll warm you up on a cold winter's night!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SOLD OUT! Phoebe joins the ST Archive!

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that Phoebe has joined the ranks of Caroline, Savannah, and Penelope in the Scarlet Threads Archive.

She was certainly a favorite with many, and she will be missed!

To end on an up-tick, our Winter line should be available on the website soon. And, by soon I mean as soon as we receive the shipment! :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Another Way to Roast a Chicken

Step One:
Go to the village chicken lady. (Pictured above.)

Step Two:
Try not to feel too guilty as you choose your bird. (Hint: Don't make eye contact. With the bird, that is.)

Step Three:
Explain to the shop keeper that you do not wish to have the head or feet included with your purchase.

Step Four:
Say hello to a Chinese co-worker who is shocked to find you at the chicken lady.  When she wonders why you are backing away from the chicken vendor, endure her good-natured laughter as you tell her that you don't want to watch the chicken die.

Step Five:
Beat a hasty retreat to the nearby vegetable lady while "the deed" is being done. Leave husband to oversee process.

Step Six:
Have husband confirm with shop keeper that we really don't want the head and the feet.

Step Seven:
Let husband RE-confirm that we do not wish to take home the head and feet. Let husband endure shopkeepers questions of why alone. (You are still at the vegetable lady.)

Step Eight:
Return to husband when the coast is clear.  Try not to visualize the contents in the thick plastic bag on your walk home.

Step Nine:
Rinse chicken. (Say silent prayer of thanksgiving that the vendor does gut and de-feather the bird.) Slather with favorite spices. (We used olive oil and a greek poultry seasoning.)

Step Ten:
Roast. Follow Eileen's directions from a couple of weeks ago.

ENJOY! And pat yourself on the back for finally buying a fresh chicken from the village. It only took us 3 years to work up the nerve…