Savory Pumpkin Soup

While pumpkin soup is something I typically reserve for autumn and Thanksgiving, I was craving it the other day. But this is not your grandma’s strangely sweet yet weirdly bland pumpkin soup. My recipe is different than most, as I omit all the traditional sweeter spices. No ginger, no cinnamon, no nutmeg. I’m after a…

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Soup

Sometimes, you go to a restaurant and enjoy a dish. Other times, you go to a restaurant, and think of all the ways you would alter a dish if you made it at home. This is one of those for me, my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup. In this version, I use more-flavorful…

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Our weather has been very grey, wet, and dreary lately. Homemade soup always seems to take the edge off a soggy day. The only other chicken and rice soup I’ve tried came from a can, and I didn’t love it. The rice is always so mushy. This homemade version is a big improvement. It’s hot, hearty,…

Hearty Guinness Beef Stew

Several nights ago, while watching a Chopped competitor attempt beef stew in 30 minutes, my usually-apathetic husband turned to me and asked if I would make “a better beef stew than that” for dinner this week. So I dug up a recipe I’d previously used for St. Patrick’s Day and modified it. Despite not being huge beer…

Tomato Basil Parmesan Bisque

One of my husband’s favorite meals is – and always will be – simple, classic grilled cheese and tomato soup. It was one of the first meals I wanted to master when we began cutting out preservatives. I found a base tomato soup recipe years ago and have been tweaking it ever since. This is…

Pasta Fagioli

They say April showers bring May flowers, right? This hearty Italian soup will help get you through the last few months of rainy days before the sun returns. If freezes really well. Just leave out the pasta before freezing, then add in before serving. This is also an excellent meal to bring to families in…

Thick and spicy chicken tortilla soup

This soup surprised me. I have an old standby recipe for Southwest Chicken Chili, but my husband asked for something spicier and a little more “like a soup”. I decided to try this unconventional recipe, trusting all the rave reviews. The unfamiliar idea of using corn tortillas as a thickener seemed awkward, but I gave…

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Let’s be honest: it’s mid-January, which means it’s cold outside. We’re in the thick of the season of hot, stick-to-the-ribs kind of food. One of my winter favorites is this thick, creamy chowder. Filled with potatoes, cheese, and bacon, can you really go wrong? Cheddar Corn Chowder 4 oz bacon, diced (turkey bacon substitutes well) 1/2…

Chili con Carne

Confession: I love Wendy’s chili. It’s one of the things I missed after cutting out fast food. So I started digging through copy cat recipes online. I’ve been making it so long, I don’t remember the original recipe author. I might have even tweaked it repeatedly over the years. But this is the one in my…

Asian Baked Salmon

We live in an area rich in fresh seafood, especially salmon. We love this marinade so much, we eat it almost weekly. The original recipe is intended for the outdoor grill, but my version is modified for baking in the oven, making it much easier to eat year-round. I also use the ingredients more like…