There is nothing better for warming the tummy than a bowl of homemade chili. It is even better if that bowl is a sourdough bread bowl. This recipe can easily be changed up to make it totally yours, so jump in and play with it!
One of my first Christmas memories with my then-new-boyfriend 10 years ago (now he’s my fabulous husband) was experiencing some of his deeply rooted family food traditions with his parents. Norweigan Sweet soup. Spritz cookies. Norwegian Krumkake. These foods have come to mean the holidays for me, and are things I look forward to eating every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, as do my children. Growing up, I had a couple of family recipes that got handed down, but there was not really something we ate and made every year that had historical significance, so these traditions from my husband’s family have come to be a treasured part of my holidays. What traditional foods do you eat around the holidays?
To start our Thanksgiving this year, we had Sweet Soup and Swedish pancakes for breakfast. The sweet fruity goodness of the soup warms me heart and my belly! (more…)
In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day. My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays. I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day. This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. (more…)
We have enough demands in life, don’t you think? Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience). Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life. Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting. It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.
Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications. I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning. I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer. I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice. If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in). If you don’t like it you can leave it out. When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. (more…)
I was gifted several persimmons at pickup last week and I knew that I wouldn’t get them all eaten or baked before they went bad so I had to really think outside of my box for other uses. I came up with this delectable persimmon sauce to serve over leftover turkey breast. My big kid (hubby) isn’t a very adventurous eater and would definitely give a side eye to fruit on his meat (welcome to my life) so I just didn’t tell him what the sauce was. After he happily ate up his serving, I (smugly) confessed that it was a persimmon sauce and he still got seconds. My daughter loved it too. We’ll definitely be doing this again while persimmons are in season. It would also be yummy on chicken or pork. (more…)
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…)
Nothing warms the tummy more than soup and this one does it very well. Adjust the seasonings to make it spicy or tame. Add some shrimp to make it that much better. Serve some warm bread on the side and you have a fantastic meal.
Tuesdays are particularly fun at our house! There’s piano lessons, and of course it is produce ordering night. This particular Tuesday was a special sort of challenge. It involved fence defying goats, hopping fences after them, trudging through recently irrigated muddy mosquito filled pastures, getting the little Ms. Special Pants, Long lost bucking bronco, rodeo Jersey Family Milk Cow in the corral without a rope because I didn’t remember it as I dropped my shade structure project and ran to the back of the pasture after the goats. It was fun!
I got home and quickly looked in the fridge and threw together a soup with everything but the kitchen sink. It was AMAZING! There’s not a drop left and the house smells so good that when the Mr. gets home from the airport he will look at me with puppy dog eyes even though he already ate dinner. (more…)
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…)
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.