Southwestern Winter Squash Soup

Southwestern Winter Squash Soup
What I love about cooking good food is the transformation that happens when basic ingredients get recreated into something marvelously edible, beautiful and healthy.  Local produce, mostly picked from our backyard garden, morphed into a pot of silky smooth delicious soup. I was delighted to find this recipe for Southwestern Winter Squash Soup in this months Food Network issue.  We ... Read More

Sweet Potato, Coconut and Lime Soup

Necessity is truly the mother of invention.  When my cupboards are almost bare is often when inspiration comes alive as was the case with this soup.  I was in the mood for a fall soup but wanted something different, a novelty soup. Our pantry and fridge were seriously lacking but I did pick up some organic sweet potatoes at a ... Read More

Meal In A Bowl : Garden Fresh Noodle Bowl

Garden Fresh Noodle Bowl
Eager to eat fresh vegetables, this recipe came to me the day we returned home from a week of vacation.  After a long day of driving we arrive home starving but throw something quick together that doesn't require cooking. Side note: that's what I love about having cultured vegetables on hand, they are delicious and nutritious vegetables that are ready ... Read More

Thai Spring Lentil Soup with Kale

Cooking Class:Seasonal Soups
Our garden is all in and coming up.  Hello mustard greens and radishes, lettuces, collards, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, kohlrabi, celery, cabbages, onions, zucchini, burdock root, carrots, beets, squashes, potatoes, green beans, peppers, cukes, dill and on and on it goes.  We cannot wait for that first bite of  freshly picked veggies! You can be sure I'll be begging for ... Read More

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Ginger Meatballs

Soup with Ginger Meatballs

I’ve been in a cooking funk. Nothing sounds good.  I figured I’ve cooked over 14,200 meals in my lifetime and I still have times when I don’t want to cook a thing for dinner and I can’t think of anything that sounds good.   When a cooking funk hits me it’s off to the library to check out some mouth-watering … Read More

Hearty Fall Pinto Bean Soup with Yams and Kale

Hearty Fall Pinto Bean Soup with Yams and Kale

Last week I cooked up a batch of pinto beans to make Freshly Stacked Tostado’s with Crockpot Creamy Pinto’s, but for one reason or another, never got around to using them.  I bagged them up and stuck them in the freezer for a later date.  That later date happened to be tonight when I cooked them up in this (adapted) … Read More

Creamy Buttercup Squash Soup with Maple- Balsamic Reduction

Creamy Buttercup Squash Soup

On Monday nights after a full work day, a few friends leave their businesses, jobs and homes and come over to hang out.   We all come to a screeching halt from our crazy busy lives for friendship, study and prayer…and sometimes food. When we do eat together we keep it simple; homemade soup, salad and bread, or what ever shows up at the table. I had time on … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Thai Salmon Chowder with Swiss Chard

Thai Salmon Chowder

One of our local grocers about this time of year brings in a load of fresh wild caught salmon at a ridiculously reasonable price.  We stock up our freezer with filets and make a big batch of this soup for the long winter ahead.   This recipe makes about 8 quarts of delicious creamy chowder, all gluten and dairy free.  I pack … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Here is another healthy make ahead freezer meal in a bowl from our garden! This Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale recipe makes 8 generous quarts of hearty soup at very little cost with great nutritional benefits. If you don’t have a garden you can purchase fresh veggies at your local Farmers Market. Making the most of what’s grown locally … Read More

Crock Pot Meals : Navy Bean Soup with Ham and Rosemary

Navy Bean Soup with Ham and Rosemary

Spring wet and cold weather returned with a vengeance this week, after a good tease of 85 degree temps. A hearty soup with chunks of tender meat was sounding really good. Rummaging through my pantry I found 1 cup of dry organic navy beans leftover from the 5 pound bag I bought last fall. With those as my starting point, … Read More