Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Soup

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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Chipping, carrots that is!


I found myself trading avocados a couple baskets ago for some extra carrots. Not realizing at the time I had 2 one pound bags already. Now what can I do with them???? I know carrot chips. There is nothing like homemade chips of any kind and carrots are one of my favorites. You can do sweet or spicy, hot or just plain salted. Really anything goes with carrot chips so let your imagination fly. And no one needs to know they are healthy. Continue reading “Chipping, carrots that is!”

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

This soup has been haunting me for just over 25 years. I first had it when I was working night shifts at a large hospital in the Midwest. How often can you say you look forward to hospital food? It has taken me a few years but I have finally duplicated it! Its nutty, sweet, tangy and just a bit of heat at the finish. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

When I saw the California blend of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) sitting In the refrigerator, I knew it had to become a beautiful soup. I kept remembering a soup from my childhood called Normandy blend soup. I remember it having big chunks of the California blend of veggies, and a velvety cheesy base. I searched for a recipe but never found one, so I decided to give it a try without one.
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No Soup For You!

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! Continue reading “No Soup For You!”

Cream of _______ Soup Blueprint

It’s Friday night. You’re exhausted. You’ve made your contribution for a Bountiful Basket this week, but there is still a week-old (or two-week old, let’s be honest) head of broccoli (or bunch of asparagus, sack of potatoes, head of cauliflower, etc.) in the fridge staring you down, begging to be used. Continue reading “Cream of _______ Soup Blueprint”

Chicken Stew with Salsa Verde

As we’re coming out of the produce wasteland that’s been happening during Bountiful Basket’s annual break, I had to take stock of what was actually in my refrigerator and come up with something for dinner. I managed to find some tomatillos (from the Mexican pack that was offered the last distribution before Christmas), and a lonely jalapeno. Continue reading “Chicken Stew with Salsa Verde”

Turkey Veggie Noodle Soup

“Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and the strictest attention.”—Auguste Escoffier

What to do with the leftover turkey from the holidays?  What to do with the leftover veggies in the fridge? Soup! This is my go-to recipe whenever anyone is sick in my family. Soup fills you with warmth and good vitamins. I hope you will enjoy this simple, but enjoyable soup recipe.
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One Pot Hobo Stew

We have many Sunday evenings where we need a quick and easy meal. This is often when I create most my family recipes. One Sunday we were busy, I was sick, and just wanted to have a warm easy soup. I had plans to make Beef Stroganoff but did not feel up to it. So I combined a beef stew with a hobo stew and created something we all devoured. I was able to rest and not feel rushed as I made this wonderful dinner.
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