Bok Choy Chicken Dumpling Soup

Bok Choy Chicken Dumpling Soup
My Dad was stationed in China during world war II where he developed a love for their culture.  After his return, it became a tradition to frequent the local Chinese restaurant often on Sunday nights when my mom wanted a break from cooking.  Two memories stand out to me, their delicious wonton soup and the grin on my dad's face ... 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

Stock Up for Homemade Soup

Homemade Soup

It’s the ideal meal in a bowl.  Whip some up with the Simple Artisan Herb Bread  ( November 17, 2012 post) or Chapati’s (July 26, 2011 post), for a simple hearty winter meal.  Why not since we’re settled in for a long winter and temperatures are dipping down below 20 degrees F.? Here is what I stock up on to stir up a pot of soup on … Read More

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

I love this blend of beans…the creamy pinto’s, earthy and sweet aduki beans, speckled with your traditional black bean.  Legumes are a valuable part of a healthy diet, because they are low in fat, do not contain cholesterol,  have a significant amount of protein when combined with whole grains, and are high in soluable fiber which aids in regularity and elimination.  … Read More