Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

Soup | October 17, 2017 | By

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs and a drizzle of cream blended into an easy, silky, 0utrageously delicious comfort meal.

It was tough saying goodbye to summer this year (except the bathing suit part), but cooler weather means it’s time for one of my favorite combinations, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese.

This Roasted Tomato Soup was made with the last of my garden tomatoes along with some herbs and comes with a modern twist, Grilled Cheese Croutons that have become my new obsession.

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Smoked Salmon Chowder

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Soup | December 14, 2016 | By

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Baby it’s cold outside! We’re in the middle of a deep freeze right now ~ a Polar Vortex. I don’t know what the question is, but soup is the right answer.

On top of temps that include a wind chill factor, Sunday we got 12″ of heavy, wet snow. It was the perfect day to stay home, cook, catch up on some reading and even watch a little bit of the football game.

Monday brought the reality of digging out and thankfully my husband was up to the task because I was ready to just pull the covers over my head and wait for spring. No really.

Smoked Salmon Chowder ~ thick, hearty, loaded with smoky salmon flavor and tender, bite-size pieces of potato ~ just what we needed. You can eat it without good bread, but really. . .why would you want to? 

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Turkey Lentil Soup

Turkey Lentil Soup - easily made with ground turkey OR leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. A hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Soup | November 22, 2016 | By

Turkey Lentil Soup – easily made with ground turkey OR leftover Thanksgiving turkey. A delicious, hearty soup packed with turkey, vegetables and lentils. 

 

Soup is my go-to in the winter months. It hits the spot on a cold day and it’s a great way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.

I’m always on the prowl for new soup recipes and Turkey Lentil Soup is one of my favorites for a few reasons: it whips up quickly but has the rich flavor of soup that’s simmered for hours, it’s a triple threat of nutrition: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and I can make it using either ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when I can’t eat even one more turkey sandwich.

Turkey Lentil Soup for the win. 

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Easy Corn Chowder

Easy Corn Chowder - delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor. Pair with your favorite bakery-type bread.

Soup | September 6, 2016 | By

Easy Corn Chowder – delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor.

I try to make a weekly trip to the farmer’s market from the time it opens in the spring until the last vegetables are sold in the fall. I love supporting local farmers selling fresh fruits and vegetables, watching the produce change as summer melds into fall and I enjoy the sense of community the farmer’s market brings.

This Easy Corn Chowder is a great example of what a trip to the farmer’s market can yield.Here in the Midwest, there’s still plenty of sweet corn at the farmer’s market and all the roadside stands. Check out your local market, get to know your farming neighbors ~ oh yeah ~ and try this Easy Corn Chowder.

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Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup: rich tomato broth, hearty with chopped cabbage, rice, ground beef, flavored like Stuffed Cabbage but in an any night meal.

Soup | February 24, 2016 | By

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup is a recipe I created that ultimately became a finalist in the nationwide Zoup! – Award-Winning Soup, Salad and Sandwiches recipe contest. Tender bites of cabbage, hearty flavorful ground beef and rice all simmered in a rich tomato broth.

I love making Stuffed Cabbage Rolls ~ maybe a lot like your mom or grandma used to make but oh man is it labor intensive and who has time for that — especially on weeknights. 

This recipe is amazingly like my classic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls but quicker and ideal for any night of the week. Grab a nice loaf of bread from the bakery before you make it because you’ll want to sop every last drop of it.

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Beef Mushroom Lentil Soup

Beef Mushroom Lentil Soup

Soup | December 10, 2015 | By

Last weekend was our annual pilgrimage north for our girls’ shopping and spa weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan, Frankenmuth is a quaint little town in mid-Michigan also known as Little Bavaria but more importantly known for their world-famous chicken dinners. We kicked off this annual trek with lunch and a cocktail followed by power shopping at the outlet mall in nearby Birch Run. If you’re thinking this activity can’t be topped, the next afternoon was spent at Serendipity Day Spas where we left feeling renewed and absolutely amazing! Sandwiched in between we drank wine and dined on some really great “girl food” ~ charcuterie boards and Lobster Bisque at Prost. It’s a really fun weekend we all look forward to, but I digress. The point of this story ~ yes, it really does have one ~ is that for the last I don’t know how many years, I’ve been wanting to take the plunge into the world of Le Creuset. It’s probably hard to imagine a food blogger, who cooks literally every day of her life doesn’t own a little piece of the Queen of Cookware. This weekend I finally uncurled my fingers from my wallet (because no one would ever confuse the Queen with being a cheap date) and bought this beauty:

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