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Leek and potato soup with garlic

Leek and potato soup is super simple, nourishing, and easy to make. There is something so soothing and perfect about a simple soup. This one is the perfect combo of spring veggies and starchy potatoes, and can make a great side dish or a meal in itself. If you...

Meatball Soup with Asian Flavors and Bok Choy

Meatball soup with asian flavors and bok choy is an easy, customizable winter meal that is filling, healthy and flavorful. If you’ve followed me for long you know I love soups. Chicken soup, soups with Italian flavors, pumpkin soup and several varieties of vegetable soups have populated my Instagram...

Gluten-free Tuscan Peasant Soup with Sausage

When my sister-in-law first gifted me a copy of Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” for my birthday, I spent a week of reading it cover to cover. It’s an amazing cookbook, especially if you are a cookbook fangirl like I am. One recipe stuck out to me...

Chicken Recipe: Soup with Saffron & Vegetables

This chicken recipe started with me flipping through one of Julia Child’s cookbooks and seeing something called “Pot-Au-Feu.” It looked good, if a little complicated. In Julia’s recipe, she trussed the chicken and stuffed it with homemade dressing before placing it in the boiling water. That sounded great, but...

The easiest and fastest chicken noodle soup

Yesterday was a work from home day like all the rest, except the kids were out of school for a holiday. I, of course, forgot about this holiday and wasn’t prepared to serve them lunch. It was a little cold and windy, so a quick soup sounded good. This...

Tuscan peasant soup made gluten-free

My sister in law got me a copy of Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” for my birthday, and I’ve spent the last week reading it cover to cover. It’s an amazing cookbook, especially if you are a cookbook fangirl like I am. One recipe stuck out to...

Buttery beef and barley stew with green chili

I don’t know if it was general pandemic stress or the attempted coup on the government by white supremacists, but yesterday I really got a craving for something comfortable and familiar. I don’t mean to make light of a horrible situation, but jokes and food are how I cope....

Easy Chili with Cocoa

Chocolate is amazing. It has antioxidant properties and can reduce inflammation, among other health benefits. But most of all, it tastes good — even in savory dishes like chili. This easy chili with cocoa is no exception. Just two tablespoons of regular cocoa powder transforms a normal stew into...

Chicken chili — an easy one-pot dinner

This chicken recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. The kids have had ear infections and I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms so we needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed...

Top ten gifts for the cook in your life

We all know that one person who lives in the kitchen and loves creating food. In my house, that person is me! These gift ideas are all under $50, and are all products I own and use (or something very similar) or have personally added to my own Christmas...

Cookbook review: The Pho Cookbook by Andrea Nguyen

I’ve been a huge pho fan since I was a teenager and my dad took me to a little place in Oklahoma City. He told me “it’s this great chicken noodle soup. You’ll love it.” And I did… so much that pho was my go-to hospital takeout when I...

Edible Crops to Plant in Your Yard Now – the Top 5

Gardening (mostly edible crops) is my second favorite activity (to cooking). There is nothing like deciding what to have for dinner and heading into my front yard to pluck the ingredients. My kids like to join in too — they love to try each kind of lettuce and then...

Cabbage rolls with Italian sausage

I’ve been wanting to try a cabbage roll with Italian flavors for awhile. I’ve done Asian-inspired rolls before but wanted to branch out. I love Napa cabbage and found a huge head of it at the store so it seemed like a good day to try this recipe. This...

Cabbage rolls with Italian sausage and farro

I’ve been wanting to try a cabbage roll with Italian flavors for awhile. I’ve done Asian-inspired rolls before but wanted to branch out. I love Napa cabbage and found a huge head of it at the store so it seemed like a good day to try this recipe. This...

Edible Crops to Plant in Your Fall Garden

It’s time to start planting your fall garden! Gardening is my second favorite activity (to cooking). There is nothing like deciding what to have for dinner and heading into my front yard to pluck the ingredients. My kids like to join in too — they love to try each...

Chicken Recipe: Sweet Potato With Chicken Chili

This might be my favorite new chicken recipe. While there are many white chicken chili recipes out there, somehow I’ve never made it until this week. I decided to use this version as a sweet potato topping, but it would be good on its own or rolled into a...

Gluten-free empanadas

Empanadas have always been a favorite of mine, because what’s not to like about what is basically meat and pie crust? I decided to give these a shot and they are now a staple. They pair well with a soup and are great on their own as a light...

White chicken chili topped sweet potato

There are many white chicken chili recipes out there, and yet somehow I’ve never made it until this week. I decided to use this version as a sweet potato topping, but it would be good on its own or rolled into a tortilla as a taco or enchilada. Ingredients...

The easiest and best paleo chili

Years ago my husband and I owned a CrossFit gym. We decided to host a “paleo challenge” for our clients, which means, everyone basically cuts out processed foods and follows the paleo diet for 30 days and at the end we hosted a big potluck and handed out prizes....