Sausage and Tortellini Soup with Spinach

I spent about 45 minutes perusing cookbooks at my local Barnes & Noble on a recent afternoon, searching for one that “spoke” to me.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for — I’d know it when I found it. I flipped through the pages of every type of cookery book imaginable, but nothing … Continue reading

Kitchen Workhorse: The Slow Cooker

I’ve long felt crockpots get short shrift.  While true epicures may look down their noses at the provenance of slow cooker meals, you cannot deny the crockpot is a kitchen workhorse, especially for cooks short on time. I rely on my crockpot a lot, probably at least a couple of times a week on average.  … Continue reading

(Wishing I was on the Island) Gazpacho

Article first published as (Wishing I was on the Island) Gazpacho on Blogcritics. I recently visited Aruba – and my trip inspired me to dig out an old recipe after my return. I had never been to Aruba.  In fact, I had never been in the Caribbean at all.  And now, all I can think about is … Continue reading

Thai Chicken Soup – with an authentic Thai cook

My younger daughter, the seven-year-old, is participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  We stop in at the library once a week to pick out new books.  On a recent trip, while wandering among the shelves, she spotted a children’s cookbook of Thai recipes. She immediately pulled it from the shelf, gave it a … Continue reading

Warm, Comforting, Simple – Ham and Bean Soup

  Where I found the recipe(s): Ham and Bean Soup – This recipe was shared at a cooking class I attended several years ago and has become a family favorite. Quick Cheese Biscuits – Taste of Home magazine, also many years ago. What I thought: This stove-top standard never disappoints.  And even better, you can … Continue reading

Best-Ever Chicken Fajita Chowder

This recipe is featured in the February & March 2011 issue of Taste of Home magazine. I was attracted by the photo and the relative simplicity of the recipe. It did, indeed, come together easily and the combination of green enchilada sauce, sour cream, cheese and rice gave the soup what I can only describe as a … Continue reading

Shrimp, Corn and Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe ran in last week’s Cleveland Plain Dealer. The sweet potato angle sounded intriguing, so I decided to try it. Despite the interesting mix of flavors, creation was simple. Total cooking time, including prep, was about a half hour. Good for a busy weeknight. The final product was spicy, but the flavor was not … Continue reading