Southwest Chorizo and Bean Soup

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Well, my guess is, by now,  you have gathered that soups are kind of my thing.  We just click well, for so many reasons.

I love to make them as I go, adding this, that or whatever is left sitting in my fridge or pantry-it’s like piecing together a flavor puzzle; the pieces being whats available in your kitchen.  It teaches me so many dynamics about true cooking. What pairs well together, which flavors and textures don’t mesh.  Soups and stews tend to be my best learned lessons-and provide me my most creative time in the kitchen, which I love. Continue reading

Sausage, Bean and Veggie Soup

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If you’re looking for a phenomenal tasting, ridiculously quick and easy recipe for a warm, cozy pot of soup head on over to Twin Cities Moms Blog, friends.  I shared a family favorite today that I’m pretty positive you will adore as much as we do.  I have shared the recipe with you in the past, but it’s been a while, so in case you’ve forgotten about it or missed it the first time around I thought it would only be noble of me to share it again.  Especially considering the forecast here in Minnesota for the weekend.  Oye.  A piping hot bowl of this stuff juuuust might come in handy…brrr!     Continue reading

Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and White Bean Soup

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I’ve got a thing for a good ham and bean soup. It’s old school.  A staple.  Nostalgia central.   It’s like a really fantastic,  super old pair of Chuck Taylors, or that worn in sweatshirt with all the holes in it.  Solid.  Legit. Classic.  Always in style.  So this recipe?  My jam.

I’ve tried simmering this stuff on the stove for hours.  I’ve soaked the beans overnight.  I’ve used beans from a can.   I’ve seared the ham before slow cooking it.  I’ve added roasted garlic.  The list could go on.   I’ve fussed around with ham and bean soup in every way, shape or form and this ridiculous, itty bitty, hardly-any-work-or-ingredients recipe is by far the best I have done to date.   Continue reading

Lentil and Sausage Stew

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I may have had MFPD when I threw this stew together.  That’s a thing, right?  Multiple Food Personality Disorder?  You know, when you get cooking and throw a bunch of random ingredients together that aren’t typically supposed to “go” with one another?

Italian sausage and greek yogurt?  Eh, it’s happened I suppose.  But cilantro?  Now thats just peculiar.  But right.  So very right with this stew. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chicken and Poblano Stew

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Slow Cookers.  They can be such a time and sanity saver.  But, as you know, I’m really finicky about what I put in them-I believe it’s my controlling food nature.  When I put something in the slow cooker I’ve lost control.  There’s no seasoning as you go, there’s no stirring, there’s no adding this or that.  It’s a hands off,  no-control zone for me.  So recipes I put in mine have to be precise…and special…and worthy.  This ones there.   Continue reading

Chicken Sausage and Summer Corn Chowder

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As you know, I’m crazy for summer soups and chowders..remember this one?  Grilling tends to be my go-to this time of year but I love to switch it up with a fresh bowl of light comfort.  This soup falls nothing short of that.  It’s a great way to utilize all of the beautiful sweet corn and veggies that are starting to show up at the farm stands.  Continue reading

Beef and Bean Chili

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Well, we’ve come and gone from our winter getaway.  Sun, warmth and peace was had and, much to my dismay, winter greeted us back home with a big, fat hello.  Every year we go away around this time.  And every year as we are sitting on the beach the sun soaks all of its optimism into my body. We talk about how the winter will always be so much more bearable if we make it a priority to get away somewhere warm for a short time.  And how we aren’t even sure if we could live in a place so consistently warm all year around.  How much we love the seasons change in Minnesota.   And how our winters are really not that bad.  And then it happens.  The airplane lands back in our home state. Continue reading

Savory Chicken Stew

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Hello there!  I apologize for my hiatus this last week.  I am fully aware that excuses are useless but things have been a little nutty around here.  My husband has been traveling the last two weeks and our house has been full of all sorts of crazy…and Im totally over this single parenting thing, it makes me so grateful for the time Nick is home.  Holiday parties, Christmas programs, deadlines, croup, first birthdays, family visits, graffiti on bedroom walls (the culprit shall remain nameless but lets just say that it appears that the year of “3” has started off with quite a bang), meltdowns, deviance, weaning and sleepless nights.  But theres still plenty of merriment around here as things are looking pretty darn good right now.  Daddy is hours away from being home.  Empathy seems to have been implemented into that tiny “3” year old body that I swear I didn’t know.  Sleep has been had the last couple nights.  And Christmas is coming!  We are looking so forward to time with family!

Dinners have been consisting of macaroni and cheese, sandwiches and yes….gingerbread houses.  Sometimes you just go with it, I suppose 😉  But Im putting my foot down.  This Savory Chicken Stew is currently simmering on the stove and I just realized I don’t think I have shared this recipe with you guys.  It’s so very comforting and rich…its a favorite.  Simple, healthy and one pot friendly, to boot. Continue reading