Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew

September 15, 2012.   Categories Chilis/Stews, Comfort Food, Soups, Tuscan.

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew I was flipping through a recent Cook’s Illustrated and found a recipe for “Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew” that promised to be as comforting and delicious as any you would find in Tuscany. The article went on to say that Tuscans are known for their expertise in cooking Cannellini beans. The recipe itself wasn’t really that different from how I prepare a similar soup. But it did offer some...

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Spicy Lemongrass Chicken Soup

January 22, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Comfort Food, Favorites, Light / Healthy, Poultry, Soups.

Spicy Lemongrass Chicken Soup

  It’s that time of year…. everyone in our house (except me – - knock on wood) is sick with a miserable cold virus that is making its way through Colorado.  My husband is the latest victim so I decided to make him a soup with enough nutrition and jalapeno spice to knock out the cold. This is easy to make and you can add whatever veggies you desire. The broth is delicious and packed with the nutrients of fresh, lightly...

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Creamy San Marzano Tomato Soup

January 22, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Favorites, Soups, Vegetarian.

Creamy San Marzano Tomato Soup

The best tomato soup recipe with San Marzano Tomatoes: Being the friend of a food blogger has it’s benefits…. but it sometimes has a price of not being able to dig into the food right away.  Many times I’ll be in the middle of serving food and will think “I should really put this recipe on the blog…” I grab the camera and instruct the famished friend to just wait a couple seconds while I snap a photo. ...

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Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon

December 14, 2010.   Categories Comfort Food, Soups.

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon

Split pea soup with ham and bacon is one of my favorite fall foods.  It reminds of chilly fall days during my childhood.  When I make a hearty soup like this, I always start by cooking a little bit of bacon in the soup pot.  It adds a nice base layer of flavor to the soup.  If you’re concerned about fat content, you don’t have to do this step… but it does taste better with bacon!  Well, what doesn’t taste better...

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Spicy Southwestern Turkey Soup

November 28, 2010.   Categories By Holiday, Poultry, Soups, Southwestern / Mexican, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey.

Spicy Southwestern Turkey Soup Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  4 cloves garlic, chopped  1 1/2 cups chopped onion  1 carrot, chopped into small chunks 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid  4 cups organic chicken broth  1 teaspoon dried oregano  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper  1 tsp adobo sauce from chipotle peppers with 1 diced chipotle 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin  1/2 teaspoon black pepper  1 bay leaf  3...

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Making Turkey Stock: Recipe,Tips and Rules

November 25, 2010.   Categories By Holiday, Christmas, Poultry, Sauces / Gravy, Soups, Thanksgiving Dinner.

Making Turkey Stock: Recipe,Tips and Rules

Making Turkey Stock – Recipe, Tips and Cardinal Rules Today is Thanksgiving and at our house, the marathon cooking and baking began at 6:00 AM. One of the first things I do in the morning, is make turkey stock.  Because we tend to use a smoker to roast our bird, we can’t always count on those delicious drippings you find in an oven roasted pan.  So, when I pick up my fresh, organic turkey (yes, always fresh and always organic) I...

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