The Original SoupMan: Kick off Fall with Their Delicious Soups!

  Fall is my favorite season, and I love a good soup on a crisp fall day.  The famous Original SoupMan company has a wide range of soups to choose from.  Not only do they have some store locations, but their soups can now be easily found, as they are available in stores too! The […]

French Onion Soup

This French Onion Soup is easy to make, and while my husband makes a traditional version, I make a vegetarian version.  You can freeze and refrigerate many of the ingredients so that you have them on hand to make this recipe with less prep time. Preparing the Croutons The first step to this recipe is […]

Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

  My husband used to always rave about a potato soup he loved at Olive Garden – their “Zuppa Toscana” – which contains potatoes, sausage, and kale.  I never had it because I am a vegetarian, but there are plenty of vegetarian meat alternatives out there, so I can make my own version of this […]

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes & Garlic

  This is one of my favorite simple soup recipes.  It is so easy to prepare, and it is a soup our whole family enjoys.  I also use vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian recipe. Ingredients butter or olive oil 6 to 8 cloves garlic, chopped 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth) 6-8 […]

Cream of Spinach Soup Recipe

  I love spinach, and it is such a versatile vegetable.  This is a great way to use spinach from the garden, especially if you have frozen it in batches.  You can also use store-bought frozen spinach. Ingredients ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion or 1/2 large onion (optional) […]

Easy Asparagus Soup Recipe

    Our whole family loves asparagus, and I find myself looking for creative ways of preparing it, especially in the summer when I get it from my CSA or the farmer’s market.  Here is a quick and easy recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients and makes for a light soup. It is recommended to […]

Ultimate Butternut Squash Soup

Shopping List 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks 1 onion, chopped 3 apples (I used Braeburn…use what you like), chopped into chunks 4 cups chicken stock Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Salt and Pepper (Spice it up…cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, red pepper flakes…a tablespoon or so of whatever you like) 2-3 splashes of […]

Chicken and Gnocchi: The Italian “Chicken and Dumplings” (Slow Cooker Method Included)

Most of us have had the soothing tastes of chicken and dumplings at some point in our lives.  This is a slight twist on that, and I would argue a better tasting one at that!  In many ways, this resembles Olive Garden’s famous Chicken and Gnocchi soup, but it has more “meat” (meaning, more chunks […]

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings.  Is there any meal more comforting than that?  Growing up, this meal was a staple in the Lowe household.  We had it every time it was chilly outside.  This recipe is so easy, you’ll think I left something out.  I didn’t.  Trust me.  My mom always makes this on the stove top, […]

Super Fast Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup

I learned this version of chicken soup from my favorite Italian TV chef, Giada, long ago.  Oh, how I love her simple and tasty Italian-inspired dishes!  And this soup is no exception.  It takes 15 minutes to make and is the freshest chicken soup I have ever tasted, thanks to the lemon.  And if you’re […]

Fast & Easy Gluten Free Chicken Soup

Flu season has hit our area with a vengeance.  There are people coughing, hacking and using up tissues by the box.  Yuck!  So far, our family has avoided it, but that does not mean we will get away without it forever.  When my kids are sick, they become very picky eaters.  This recipe has become […]

Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe – One of my Family’s Favorites!

This recipe is one of my family’s favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat well, and you can make substitutions to easily turn this into a vegetarian dish.  Don’t let all the steps frighten you, it is really quite easy!! Ingredients • […]

Ten Fun Fall Activities

Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around the corner, so what’s not to love? It is also football season, beginning of school, and time to shop for the fall/winter wardrobe! You get to decorate with pumpkins, […]

Brine, Butcher & Stock your own chicken!

. What is a brine anyway; you may be asking?  Well, the best way I can explain it is that it’s a salt-based liquid (with other seasonings) that is used to tenderize and deeply season the chosen meat. It’s most commonly used with whole chickens and turkeys, but can be used on any cut of […]

Sweet Potato & Bacon Corn Chowder

. This is a very yummy twist on the “normal” corn chowder.  Don’t be dissuaded by the sweet potato, it’s delicious and oh so good for you! . Ingredients 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced 1/2 onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 2 jalapeno peppers, deceeded and diced Here is a helpful tip!  If you […]

Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup

. I cannot tell you how much I have missed writing What’s Cooking Wednesday segments!  My family has even noticed the “decline” in creative new foods and meals in our home.  So – we’ll start off with a bash, hope you enjoy this original creation! . Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup. 1/2 onion, diced 2 ribs […]

Southwest White Chili

This recipe is for those cold, snowy nights of winter when you just want to warm your insides.  Actually, this dish is also a great way to use up leftover turkey from the holidays (but hopefully you’ve already gotten ride of that a long time ago!). Ingredients 2.5 cups of cooked chicken breast or turkey […]

Pleasing the Picky

I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them into tasty meals. I know this is not a new concept for most of you, but here are a few meal ideas (and recipes) that disguise veggies well […]

Vegetarian Chili

This chili is simple, nutritious, filling, and SO SO yummy!  Really, you have to give it a try before snubbing your nose at something vegetarian. Ingredients 6-7 medium tomatoes (any medium to large variety) 2 jalapeno chilis, cored, seeded and diced 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 onion chopped 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil 1 […]

Curried Butternut Squash Carrot Soup

This soup is great to spice things up on a dreary autumn day.  it can be served as the main dish or as an accompaniment to a meal. Ingredients 1 butternut squash (peel, remove seeds and cut into 1/2 inch cubes) 2-3 carrots (peel and sliced into 1/2 inch slices) 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth […]

Thai Chicken Soup

(from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook) 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 4 cups chicken broth 2 cups bias-sliced carrots 1 large onion, chopped 2 T grated ginger root 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 stalks lemongrass (use only the fibrous white bulb which contains a lemon fragrance […]