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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…)

Vanilla Sugar

Friday, August 8th, 2014


Vanilla sugar is such a simple and delicious way to use the entire vanilla bean. It is so simple that it is hard to even call it a “recipe”. (more…)

How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


It is only because of bountiful baskets that I discovered my adoration of brussel sprouts. I don’t think I ever tried them before but assumed I wouldn’t like them. They really get a bad rap. However as soon as I roasted them, I was in love. (more…)

Baked Strawberry and Banana Oatmeal

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This baked oatmeal was so delicious and warm on a cool, lazy Saturday morning. It is also healthy and used some bananas that were hoping downhill. My daughter had to ask me if this was dessert and demanded we have it again the next morning – high marks from my 4 year old. (more…)