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 vegetable beef soup
Vegetable Beef Soup

onion biscuits
Onion Biscuits

Menu Plan for the week of Jan. 25, 2013:  Tuesday's Recipes

Beef Vegetable Soup
Onion Biscuits

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Another dinner from leftovers.... With some nice hot biscuits.  Or skip the biscuits and have more fruit.  If there's any soup left, freeze it for lunches. 

Beef Vegetable Soup                                            Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes

leftover Beef Vegetable soup

Remove from fridge.  Heat and eat - either on the cook top or in the micro. 

Onion Biscuits                                                            Preparation and cooking time:   25 minutes
    The way to make light biscuits is a minimum of handling.  For those not familiar with baking powder biscuits - they are light and wonderful eaten with melted butter while still hot from the oven.  They resemble hockey pucks the next day so don't bother to save the leftovers.

1/2 medium onion
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs milk
1 tbs lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs butter (chilled is best)

Chop onion and sauté in oil over medium heat until tender.  Put in blender along with milk and purée until smooth.  Stir in lemon.
Put all dry ingredients into bowl.  Add butter and cut in with pastry blender, fork or 2 knives.  The idea is to get the butter and flour mixed so that it looks like tiny pebbles or coarse sand.  Add onion/milk and stir lightly and briefly until just sort of combined.
Scoop dough out onto a heavily floured surface - any clean counter top or table will work.  Knead lightly 5 - 7 times - that is: press it together lightly, turn it over and do it again, folding it over on itself as you turn it. It is not going to look well mixed or smooth like bread dough.  Rub flour on a rolling pin and lightly roll dough out to 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thickness.  Try to get it square shaped.  Instead of the usual circles cut the dough into 2 - 2.5 inch (5 - 6.25cm) squares.  This makes all of the biscuits from one rolling - less handling.  Put on lightly oiled baking sheet.   Bake for 10 - 15 minutes in 425F (215C) oven or until lightly browned.  Remove and serve immediately.

Note:  This will yield 5 - 8 biscuits.  I cut my regular biscuit recipe in half.

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
saucepan with lid, small skillet, blender, medium bowl,
baking sheet

Turn oven on, 425F (215C)
Chop and simmer onion for biscuits

Purée onions and milk
Add lemon to milk/onion
Cut butter into flour
Add onion/milk, mix and lightly knead
Roll out, cut and place on oiled sheet, bake
Gently reheat soup
Serve - don't forget the butter

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