10 October, 2017

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz
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I’m getting on my Soup Box today to talk about this scrumptious vegetable soup. It’s uber healthy for starters. It’s an easy way to use up the garden vegetable surplus (has reality hit yet that you planted one too many zucchini plants this year?). It can be adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan and
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14 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble
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The feature picture of today’s post is of a building with original frescos that date back to the 1500’s. I can’t imagine not painting the outside of your house for hundreds of years. With the Portland weather we’ve repainted our house twice in 11 years! Ricardo thought it was great that the apartment owner had
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9 February, 2017

Pistou To You!

Pistou To You!
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“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George captured my attention this week and filled my time reading a wonderfully delightful story of Monsieur Perdu a “literary apothecary” who prescribes novels for the hardships of life from his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine. He has a talent for choosing the exact book a reader needs
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10 January, 2017

Not Green Eggs & Ham …. It’s White Beans & Ham…. Soup

Not Green Eggs & Ham …. It’s White Beans & Ham…. Soup
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You might know about the famous Dr. Seuss books if you’ve been around children under the age of 10 or grew up when his books started becoming popular. I avoided making ham and eggs for years while the kids were growing up all because of Dr. Seuss. After reading the book Green Eggs and Ham to
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4 January, 2017

Pease Porridge Hot – Soup

Pease Porridge Hot – Soup
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People of a certain age may remember this childhood rhyme. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, or pease pudding, also known as pease pottage in “Middle English.”  (“Pease” was treated as a mass noun, similar to “oatmeal.”) Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old; Some
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1 January, 2017

Lentil Soup For Luck In The New Year

Lentil Soup For Luck In The New Year
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  Lentils have been part of the human diets for thousands of years, being one of the first crops in the Near East. According to Wikipedia, archeological evidence shows they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago. My brain can’t even imagine how long ago that was, but that may  be from partying last night…. So many cultures
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17 December, 2016

Chicken Stock For The Soul

Chicken Stock For The Soul
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So many recipes I make use chicken stock or broth somewhere in the mix of ingredients. People shy away from making it from scratch because they think it is too difficult, when it’s really just the opposite – very easy.  After we have eaten a whole chicken (usually from Costco – their rotisserie chickens have a
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16 December, 2016

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”

Minestrone Soup – “Multivitamin In A Bowl Of Goodness”
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Minestrone is one of the soup staples of Italian families. The word originated from Minestra which means to dish up or serve. It is considered a “big soup” and is actually a large vegetable soup that reflects both seasonal and regional variations. There is no set recipe for minestrone. Due to its unique origins and
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9 December, 2016

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup

Rustic Bean & Sausage Soup
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Soup is always a good option for lunch or dinner. It cooks up quickly on the stove top or throw ingredients in a crockpot and “forgetaboutit.” I guess it’s no surprise that I’m wearing out a few of my kitchen appliances with all the cooking I do. I’ll have to tap Santa for a few early
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21 November, 2016

Gobble Up This Turkey Apple Sausage

Gobble Up This Turkey Apple Sausage
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Before everyone is tired of turkey recipes, I wanted to share this one for an easy turkey sausage. The recipe uses ground turkey so not a recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers – sorry. I’m not a big fan of sausage unless it is Italian sausage. And normally I would not eat sausage for breakfast
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17 November, 2016

Chili For a Chilly Day

Chili For a Chilly Day
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It’s chilly outside so let’s make some chili! A play on words for sure. Have you ever thought about how many words in the English language are pronounced exactly the same, maybe even spelled the same, but have totally different meanings? Here’s what I found on vocabulary.com: A homograph is a word that has the
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16 November, 2016

Cheeky Leeky Potato Soup

Cheeky Leeky Potato Soup
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After a solid week of making soups, you’d think we would be tired of them. Well, we had reached a saturation point last week because homemade soups usually make more servings than we can eat, so it’s soup for lunch and dinner some nights. And don’t get me started on breakfast soup – yes such a
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