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Hearty Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza!  This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).

I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!).  I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered!  Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. (more…)

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pasta

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Each time that I make pasta, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.  It really isn’t that much effort and fresh pasta is amazing.  I wish that I could say that I came up making pumpkin pasta but the idea came from fellow blogger, Jamie Scott.  She is the brains behind this idea, I just executed it and reaped the benefits ;)
(Jamie says…Karmen is amazingly beautiful and would have come up with this all on her own!) (more…)

Pumped up Broccoli Cheese Soup

Monday, October 27th, 2014


When I was a child, we showed horses.  Some of the fondest memories of my life were during this time.  Believe it or not, this recipe was inspired by these fond horsey memories.  I remember going to the Quarter Horse Youth World Show in Fort Worth and ordering these HUGE, loaded baked potatoes.  As memory serves, you could top them with whatever incredible topping you wanted. I would load it up with bacon and cheese (of course) and broccoli.  Amazing! (more…)

Soul Soothing Creamy Chicken Soup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Naturally my stew pack was screaming at me to make a bowl of comforting soup.  We got a couple of fallish days (okay… maybe it was just the morning) in Central Texas recently so I promptly pulled out my boots, scarves and made this fabulous soup.

This soup really hit the spot with some bread (I had crescents on hand but a crusty bread would be great) and a glass of wine.  My family is weird and aren’t really “soup people” but they loved this and my husband said the leftovers were fabulous for lunch the next day. This is the kind of soup that warms your body and your soul. (more…)

Fennel Sausage Skillet

Friday, October 24th, 2014

While stalking the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page this weekend, I noticed we have some clear lines drawn when it comes to fennel:

1) People who like it and are armed with scrumptious recipe ideas
2) People who weren’t familiar at all with it (what is this leafy, green, dill-looking, celery looking thing?)
3) People who gave their fennel away because they don’t like black licorice

The good news is you don’t have to be number three. Just because you (like me) don’t like black licorice doesn’t mean you won’t like fennel. I adore it and once it is cooked, it doesn’t have a hint of black licorice or I’d give it away at pickup. This recipe is so comforting and cooks up in one pan. I think you’ll find this recipe is a delicious way to move yourself up to number one.


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“Lick the Blender Clean” Hatch Chile Dressing

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I keep a huge bowl of salad in my fridge at all times. I love to be able to serve my family a fresh and delicious salad with our dinners. Unfortunately the big kid (read: my significant other) isn’t an eager salad eater so I always keep a dressing on hand that will appease him. I just knew that if I could concoct a tasty hatch chile dressing, I would have a willing salad eater this week.
My 5 year old daughter and I put this together (she operated the blender and poured in the measured ingredients). Once it was done, she couldn’t get enough of it! After I poured the dressing into my snazzy dressing bottle, she licked the dressing out of the blender and I hope you will too (don’t worry, we won’t judge).


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Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Soup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I love to share my fennel recipes because fennel is one of those things that gets a lot of confused looks at pickup.  I think that fennel is especially yummy in Italian recipes so I whipped up this soup on a recently fall evening.  As soon as weather gets cooler AT ALL, I fully embrace it.  Considering I live in Central Texas, these “fall days” are sparse but glorious.  This came together really quickly, so it worked well at my house on a week night.


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Killer Cauliflower Soup

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Yes, I did just describe this cauliflower soup as killer. That isn’t just a dramatic attempt to convince you to check out this blog post, this recipe turned out SO scrumptious.

Here in Texas it is Hatch Chile time. Don’t get me wrong, we love all of our chiles as much as we love to complain about summer weather but a magical chile event happens in August. Grocery stores start to roll out roasters and haul in tons of hatch chiles from our friends in New Mexico. While they are plentiful, I buy up as many cases as I can (read that as too many). As a result of my hatch chile gluttony, I preserve them and put them in everything that I can dream up. This “killer” cauliflower recipe is one such creation. (more…)

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with Romano

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

 

Roasting is typically my go-to way to cook up veggies.  It is such an easy, versatile cooking method that I will do it several times per week.  I just toss almost any chopped vegetables with olive oil and seasonings then stick it in the oven.  This is an absolute win in my world. (more…)

Vanilla Extract

Friday, August 8th, 2014

 

Homemade vanilla is almost effortless and only requires two ingredients – vanilla beans and alcohol.  It will require some patience to get the best flavor from the beans but the result is so much more flavorful than store bought. (more…)