easy suppers

Thai Butternut Soup

February 18, 2013 Soups and Stews

It’s so hard to get soups like this right. I’ve tried zillions of soup recipes that call for exotic, aromatic ingredients, but end up bland and dull. It’s such a tease. Your mouth begins to salivate as you lean in to stir a fiery pot of  what you hope tastes as good as it smells. [...]

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Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Pine Nuts

January 28, 2013 Pasta

This is a great weeknight dish that has everything in one pot. Chewy gnocchi, crunchy pine nuts and crisp broccoli are an amazing texture combination. You’ve got to try this one! Ingredients: From Cooking Light 2 (16-ounce) packages prepared gnocchi 5 cups chopped broccoli florets 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 [...]

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Black-Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings

January 21, 2013 Dinner

This is one of my favorite recipes of the new year. It was a lucky find in the way back of last month’s Cooking Light magazine under the heading “Budget Cooking.” This is perfect for me right now because we are pinching our pennies tight this year in hopes of being homeowners sometime this decade. [...]

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Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup with Mustard Croutons

January 14, 2013 Soups and Stews

This is a staple soup in my winter recipe repertoire.  It’s got all the good stuff- broccoli, cheddar, beer and croutons. You can make this dish in 30 minutes and it tastes even better on rainy days. Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings) 1 small onion, diced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, mashed [...]

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Asparagus Fettuccini Alfredo

December 17, 2012 Pasta

  I was driving home and caught the end of the Splendid Table on the radio. A caller phoned in asking for a recipe for fettuccini alfredo. As soon as I heard the words fettuccini alfredo, my ears perked up and I took note of each ingredient. I made the recipe as soon as I [...]

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

December 5, 2012 Soups and Stews

I could’ve sworn I posted this recipe before. But I went to make a big-old pot last week and couldn’t find the recipe anywhere on the  blog. What an oversight! This is the vegetable soup recipe in our household. It’s simple and classic and so comforting. Pair it with this cornbread recipe and you’ve got [...]

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Indian Spiced Chili

November 13, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m not sure what to call this dish. It’s basically chili with Indian spices, lentils, and some other touches that make it stand out from your typical southwest chili. I love the lentils in this dish and, of course, naan bread on the side. Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, chopped 14 oz can kidney beans, drained [...]

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Curried Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Croutons

November 2, 2012 Soups and Stews

  As you may know, my husband and I  recently traveled to Montreal (I’ll post pictures eventually, I promise). But what you likely do not know, is that we use vacation as an excuse to watch cable. Very bad cable. The first thing we do after a long day of sight-seeing is climb into bed [...]

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Summer Vegetable Soup

August 23, 2012 Soups and Stews

Soup is one thing I miss during summer. I love the simplicity of coming home from work, throwing vegetables in a pot of water, and sipping wine in a comfy chair while the broth bubbles. It’s probably the easiest way to eat vegetarian. It may be the easiest way to eat. My summertime meals are [...]

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Easy Skillet Lasagna with Mushrooms and Basil

August 20, 2012 Casseroles

When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make a vegetarian version. Lasagna is so comforting, but a total pain to make. This cast-iron skillet version using no boil noodles is a cinch. I’ll never go back to layering again. Ingredients: Adapted from How Sweet Eats 1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil [...]

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