This week we are cleaning up Pinterest! We all see certain recipes repinned over and over again. Full disclosure here, there are times when Jessica and I see the things our friends are pinning and cringe. Ugh, while I’m sure they taste great, there are so many completely unhealthy recipes floating around Pinterest. We are…
Soups and Stews
Slow Cooker Chicken and Red Lentil Soup
Do you watch Saturday Night Live? I love it. I’ve had an obsession since high school. I will admit, I no longer stay up that late, but I do religiously catch it the next day on Hulu or DVR. The point of the SNL reference is this; do you remember the segment on The Weekend…
Stuffed Pepper Soup
This recipe is one I made up after having a similar soup at a friend house last year. I was never really a green pepper fan. I mean, I ate them because I should, they have so much vitamin C. But this soup completely made me a pepper convert! I’ve made it a couple of…
But seriously, if you have never seen a Sunchoke its appearance may confuse you. It sort of looks like a large funky piece of ginger. Even more confusing it is also known as a Jerusalem Artichoke….but it looks nothing like an artichoke and is not from Jerusalem….so there you go. Since I was unfamiliar with this particular vegetable I did a little research before I set out to cook. They have a taste and consistency tat is similar to potatoes…SO I decided to make a soup. It was good! I added a little Spinach Pesto on the side for a garnish, which, when mixed in, gives the soup a wonderful something extra. If you are new to Sunchokes….this soup is an excellent introduction!
Heirloom Yellow Eyed Peas – A “New” New Year’s Day Tradition
The last few years my family has started out the new year by eating black eyed peas. I found these beautiful yellow eyed peas at the farm market. The owner says they are in the same family but have a smoother taste and greater depth of flavor. They are considered an heirloom bean. You may know that black eyed peas are often served on New Year’s Day because its thought they bring good luck. However, yellow eyed peas are thought to bring not just luck, but luck in the form of GOLD. So, I am going with it! ‘Cause I could really use some gold right about now!
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
This year I opted to make turkey chili. For one reason, because it is easy. I just dumped a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker and went back to watching movies on the couch. Another reason I made chili is I knew it would freeze well. It turned out to be exactly what I wanted. The leftover turkey worked perfectly. The chili powder and cayenne gave it just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. It was warm and satisfying and exactly what I wanted on this cold day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
I don’t know about you, but to me this weather just calls for soup. And in an attempt to further immerse myself in the fall spirit, I decided to make a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. It was delicious. I started out by roasting the butternut squash, which gave it an extra depth of flavor. In addition, I added a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper, giving it just a little kick and cutting the sweet. For my local ingredient I used fresh picked Fuji Apples, which we picked ourselves on a local farm. The soup was amazing! Creamy, flavorful, with just the perfect amount of spice.
Black Bean Soup with Fresh Pumpkin
I had so much fun with this soup. I have made traditional black bean soup a few times but with Autumn arriving with force this year I was in the mood to do something pumpkin. I live in a fairly small town but am usually impressed with the produce and food selection at our local grocery store. I do have a Whole Foods that isn’t too far away (about 30 miles) but it was rainy and foggy, and there was no way I was driving over the mountain.