Creamy Mushroom Goodness… and Cake!

I hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween! Sorry, could not help myself, I am a former teacher after all! Mine was busy but not really all that eventful. I watched football on Halloween day and evening, did some cleaning and organizing, and tried out a couple of new recipes. I wanted to get more reading done, and I did do a little reading, but in the South, we are all about college football. So I could not help myself from watching it all day long.

I wanted to go to the grocery store on Friday evening, but with the Ole Miss crowd being in town for the Auburn game, it was a madhouse. I just skipped the grocery store on Friday and thought, “Maybe Sunday.” Saturday, however, I woke up wide awake at 5:00 am. Just so you know, it is the perfect time to go to Wal-Mart and buy groceries! I usually go to Kroger or Publix, but they did not open until later, so Wal-Mart it was. There were not a lot of people in the store, and when I checked out, I learned they were all trying to check out too, at the only register that was open! Ugh, Wal-Mart.

I decided this week I was going to make Sticky Teriyaki Chicken Wings, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and a Paleo Coconut Pound Cake that I found a recipe for online. When I got home from the store, and I got ready to make the wings, I ran into a problem. I bought whole chicken wings and actual drumsticks, not the sections and drummettes. So frustrating. So, into the freezer they went for my mom to use later. I did get to the grocery store on Sunday though and find the items I need for the chicken wings, so I am looking forward to that.

I did all my cooking on Sunday evening, and boy was it delicious! First up, Cream of Mushroom Soup. I got this recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. Here is a picture of the one I used:

Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook

You can see she is eating the wings I plan on making later on the cover! And boy, do they look and sound good. For the soup, I first sautéed garlic in a pot for a few minutes and added chopped onion. When that was translucent, I added the mushrooms and thyme and let them cook until they were reduced by half. Here is a picture of the beginnings of soup:

Cream of Mushroom Soup Beginning

Looks good, right? I then added tapioca starch to chicken broth and added it to the pot. I also added heavy cream (although she said you could use almond or coconut milk) because I had it on hand and did not want it to go bad. Finally, I added a bay leaf, and a little salt as well. I let all of that cook for about 15 minutes and stirred it about twice along the way. Here is the final result:

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Delicious and perfect for a cool autumn or winter day. I cannot wait to add this to my go-to soups recipes. It was easy to make, did not take long at all, and tasted so much better than anything you could ever find in a can. I highly recommend this to everyone! If you have not read Juli’s cookbook, I cannot recommend it enough.

The last thing I made yesterday evening was a Paleo Coconut Pound Cake. I was not really making it because I just had to have something sweet. I actually needed a treat to take to a small group, and was testing the recipe to see if I wanted to use that. I had looked at several recipes online and found this one to have outstanding reviews, and it came from a reliable source. I found the CrossFit Santa Cruz Central’s Coconut Pound Cake Recipe by chance on, guess where… Pinterest! It was easy to make and tasted wonderful. The only change I made, I did not have coconut extract like I thought, so I used vanilla along with the orange. Other than the exchange of vanilla for coconut extract, I followed the recipe exactly. Here is what it looked like when I was finished:

Paleo Pound Cake

That is a slice of my Pound Cake with a little coconut cream on top. So yummy! I cannot wait to share this recipe with all of my friends.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have, and I hope you have a wonderful Monday! This month is #bloglikecrazy, so I will try and post every day in November (except for yesterday, sorry, guys). It may just be a tidbit, or another yummy recipe. I will be going to the beach next week, so the posts may be short and sweet, but I will try my best to keep posting.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

~ A

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First Attempt at Paleo Bread

Last night I had an itch to cook something new. Since I have not been to the grocery store in a while and will be going tomorrow, I had to use what I had on hand. That is how I decided to make my first attempt at Paleo friendly bread. This try was Jalapeno Bacon Bread, yum! I had the flour, the eggs, baking soda, etc. so I was ready Freddy. I am sorry for not taking pictures as I went along, I thought about that as the batter was baking in the oven, but there is always next time!

I started out by preheating the oven and preparing the bacon and jalapenos on a baking sheet covered with foil. This just helped by containing the mess and making clean up much easier. The recipe called for fresh jalapenos, but all I had on hand was the ones in a jar, so I used those instead. I hope they do not have sugar or anything unPaleo in them…

Once I had the bacon and jalapenos in the oven and cooking (turning after 5 minutes and cooking for another 5), I turned my attention to making the batter. I am calling it batter because it was the consistency of cake batter, not really dough. I whisked the ghee, eggs, and water together until mixed thoroughly. Then I began to add coconut flour to make the batter thick and ooey gooey and was combined well.

Once the bacon and jalapenos had been removed from the oven and cooled, I diced them up. The recipe called for them to be placed in a food processor, but why dirty up another machine? I just simply cut them up with a pair of kitchen scissors. I folded those into the batter.

I then greased a baking dish with ghee, added the batter to the pan, smoothed it out, and baked at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

The result was a nice, brown and crispy bread. The bread was thin, it did not really rise, and actually shrunk a little in the pan while it was cooking. The texture was slightly eggy, since there were six in the batter, but it still turned out delicious. The taste was almost like cornbread to me. This would be a nice bread to have when you fix a big pot of Paleo friendly chili. I will be making this one again for sure! Below you will find a picture of the end result ~ my Jalapeno Bacon Bread! I call this a success.

Jalapeno Bacon Bread

Getting Started ~ Paleo? Are you sure?

So I have tried lots of diets. Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins, counting calories, you name it and I have tried it. My most successful attempts were with counting calories and Atkins. Something about being strict and ridged was easy for me, and made sense. I could not cheat my way out and eat whatever I wanted. I had to have some kind of structure, and those diets provided it for me. Now I am trying something new. After talking with several doctors, I have decided to try the Paleo plan. I do not want to call it a diet, because I want this to be a lifestyle change. I can do without bread, that is not a problem, and I can do without some of the other things called for, but cheese. Oh, cheese. You will be sorely missed. So far, I have been doing the Paleo method for a little over a week and a half and have lost about 10 lbs. I weigh in on Friday, so I will find out how much I have lost exactly. Pretty exciting! So far I have lived off of tuna, salad, bacon, eggs, hamburger in some form or another along with fruits and veggies. As you can see… I need to hit the grocery store ASAP! I did get in the mail Friday almond flour, coconut flour, palm shortening, maple sugar, cacao powder, Herbes de Provence, and maybe something else. I cannot wait to get cooking! I hope to go to Sam’s this weekend and pick up some coconut oil and a few other staples. I got a few Paleo cookbooks in the mail and I cannot wait to get started on cooking from them. I will post a review once I have made a few of the recipes found in the pages. One is a Southern cuisine cookbook, so you know I am super excited about that one. On the menu for Friday are Mini Chicken Pot Pies. These look and sound delicious and I hope they become one of my new favorite comfort foods. The recipe does not sound difficult and the picture looks gorgeous. The instructions do call for small mini pie tins or small oven safe bowls, but I plan on using one large pie plate. Look forward to some pictures soon.

I know I said I could do without bread, but tonight I am going to try a new recipe. I am going to try Jalapeno Bacon Bread from Paleo Bread Cookbook. I ordered this simple book full of bread, muffin, pancake, and waffle recipes from amazon for $6.99. It has been a great resource and has given me lots of ideas. Later, I may try the Cinnamon Rolls recipe with the cinnamon and honey glaze. That would make a yummy Saturday morning treat!

I hope with this blog I will help you find new recipes to try, hear back things you have tried as well, and offer words of encouragement. Cannot wait to share this journey with you!