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Overnight Carrot Soup

by Jane Wangersky December 18th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
bowl of carrot soupI really didn’t think this one was going to be a keeper. Maybe months later, I thought, I’d look back and laugh and write about it as one of my near misses (read: disasters). When I took my first taste of this soup I’d just invented, all I got was bitterness. But I’m the kind of person who really hates to throw away food when it’s technically edible, so I just put the whole pot in the fridge to postpone the final decision till the next day. And when I tasted it then, I ended up eating half of
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Roasted Tomato Soup

by BnB Finder December 16th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Roasted Tomato Soup RecipeDuring the holidays we have our traditional holiday dinners, and then want something different. This roasted tomato soup recipe from The Inn at English Meadows, which is located in Kennebunk, Maine, is the perfect soup for winter to warm you up, but it uses a variety of fresh tomatoes and basil that will give you the fresh taste of summer. The tomatoes, along with garlic and onions are roasted, and then added to chicken stock. Basil is then added, and an immersion blender is used. Cream is then added to bring it to the right consistency, and it
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Slightly Sweet Butternut Squash Soup

by TT December 15th, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
slightly sweet butternut squash soupIn case you aren't a regular Think Tasty reader, you may not realize that I have a seasonal fixation with butternut squash.  Actually, it's a two season fixation, and if it's a cold spring, it can seep into a third.  I love eating butternut squash in cooler weather. It is hearty, has great flavor, and is so versatile. After cooking the squash, I have many lunches just waiting to be made. (If I don't share it with my family). Seeing that I can eat squash weekly, I don't have to share all that often. For reasons I
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Southwestern Pork Stew

by Jane Wangersky December 11th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
pork stew (400x400)This is a stew recipe for people who don’t like making stew. With a limit of four ingredients, I needed to make the process simpler too, and you can’t get much simpler than this.  No flouring the meat, no measuring spices, no need for stock or broth, no thickening the gravy, you don’t even have to peel the potatoes. The liquid, vegetables, and seasoning all come out of one can -- of flavored diced tomatoes, the beginning cook’s friend -- and still this is very much a homemade dish.

I found the pork shoulder for sale already cubed, labeled “sweet
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Farmstand Apple Soup by the Thomas Shepherd Inn

by BnB Finder December 9th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
farmstand apple soup bnbAdd the abundance of apples this time of year, with the yearning for a hot bowl of soup, and this recipe by the Thomas Shepherd Inn, located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia fits the bill. This recipe uses a mix of different types of apples and apple cider, giving it a unique flavor of tart and sweet. This, along with the added punch of lemon and flavorful spices, it is also topped with vanilla yogurt. This soup is sure to warm you up on a cold day or served as a starter dish for a holiday dinner.




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Chicken Stew- Flavorful & Healthy

by TT December 8th, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
chicken stewAs December is dedicated to soups and stews at Think Tasty, I have been pondering the new recipes that I wanted to try.  Most of them tend to be soups, as those are dishes can be made quickly for lunch or a solo dinner.  However, as I thought about stews, I realized that I have only ever made beef stews. This led me to wonder why.  As I could think of no good reason, I decided to give chicken stew a try.

I am sure that there are many varieties of chicken stew, but I was looking for something quick
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Winter Green Soup with Garlic

by Jane Wangersky December 4th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
winter green soup (400x400)No, I’m not talking about the herb wintergreen, as in wint-o-green Lifesavers. (Though they’re one of my favorite flavors, and yes, they do shoot sparks if you crunch them in a dark room.)  I’m talking about cabbage and spinach, two of those old reliable, unexciting green vegetables that stay with us through the winter.

And I’m talking about soup because it’s the cold, dark, sometimes discouraging season for it. Soup is not only comforting. It fills you up, often with fewer calories than solid food, and hydrates you. It also keeps all its nutrients instead of losing them when the
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Miracle Fish Soup by The Inn at English Meadows

by BnB Finder December 2nd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
magic fish soup bowlWe are entering the winter months, and there is no better time for a delicious bowl of hot soup to warm you up. This soup recipe by The Inn at English Meadows uses simple ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store. Though the soup itself only takes 20 minutes to cook aside from parboiling and peeling the cherry tomatoes, you will have to plan ahead to marinate the cod or hake for up to four hours before cooking. The marinade is also added to the soup, which makes a delicious broth. Serve with crusty
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Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

by TT December 1st, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
crockpot veggie beef soupAlthough it still technically is fall, it sure is beginning to feel more like winter. With multiple inches of snow falling the day before Thanksgiving, our yard looks like a winter wonderland. How best to combat this cold and snow? Make a warm soup or stew. Although I love doing so on stovetop, my work schedule doesn't always allow for that. No worry- crockpot to the rescue.

During the warmer months, I hardly ever use my crockpot. Even though it doesn't exude heat, it just doesn't feel like a fair weather cooking utensil.  However, with the chill of fall and
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December’s Food Focus- Soups & Stews

by TT December 1st, 2014| Recipes
apple soupAs we flip the calendar and December begins, it is time to introduce this month's food focus: soups and stews. Starting today with a recipe, and continuing throughout the month, we will be sharing recipes and cooking tips for an assortment of sides. Whether you're looking for a new crockpot recipe or a quick 30 minute dish, these recipes should be nice options for expanding your repertoire.

Join us throughout the month of December to discover delicious, new soup and stew recipes.
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Thanksgiving Improv: Spinach Pinwheels

by Jane Wangersky November 27th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
spinach pinwheels (400x400)Happy Thanksgiving! Though if you’re reading this on Thanksgiving Day itself, you probably have some last-minute gap in your holiday dinner. Not to worry -- so did I, and I’ll tell you what I did.

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving comes in October. This year, unfortunately, it also came just after I’d been sick for several days. I had the turkey, cranberries, stuffing ingredients, and sweet potatoes, not to mention (almost) everything for pumpkin pie -- but I hadn’t been able to go out for fresh vegetables, and everyone else was too busy. So there I was on the morning of
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Brûléed Butternut Squash- Guaranteed to Please

by TT November 24th, 2014| Recipes, Side Dishes
bruleed butternut squashTwo weeks ago I wrote about the easiest way to cook butternut squash.  If I only needed to serve myself, I would make squash this way and top it with the smallest amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. However, I usually have at least two other diners.  One of them is our 16 year old daughter, and she does not have the same love for winter squash that I do.

I will give her credit; she will eat almost anything that I serve without complaint. We go by the "no thank you" serving rule at our house.  So, if I
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