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Strawberry Soup

by TT August 5th, 2013| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Tapas Monday
strawberry_soupUntil this summer, I never had attempted making a berry soup.  I'm not quite sure why that is, as I love berries of all varieties and am always seeking new ways to use them.  So, it was long overdue when I decided to use some strawberries in a soup.  If you're a regular reader, you may have guessed correctly that I tried this soup on a Tapas Monday.  That's where I tend to try recipes that are a little bit out of the norm.

The first time I made this soup I left the yogurt out of the soup and
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“Cream” of Broccoli Soup

by TT April 1st, 2013| Recipes, Soups & Stews
cream of broccoli soupI love having soup in the winter.  Eating something piping hot is a quick way to warm my constantly cold fingers and toes.  If made correctly, it also makes a nice, healthy, and quick lunch.  Eaten with a piece of flatbread or a few crackers, it is a tasty, filling meal.

Throughout the past winter, I have made an assortment of soups: simple vegetable soups (a combination of fresh and frozen vegetables and broth), squash soup in a variety of iterations, and most recently cream of broccoli soup.  This recipe fell into my lap rather accidentally.  Seeing that we
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Baked Potato Soup

by TT February 11th, 2013| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Although I made this soup a couple weeks ago, today seems like a great day to share the recipe. After a weekend that was filled with two feet of snow, strong winds, and low temperatures, a pot of hearty soup is a good way keep the cold outside.  As this is a milk-based soup, it isn't the sort that needs to simmer on the stove all day.  In fact, except for needing to bake the potatoes, this soup could be made quickly after a day of work.

I made our soup with bacon for extra flavor and texture.  If you
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Lentil Soup

by TT January 30th, 2012| Soups & Stews
Having one person that is vegetarian in our house doesn't make meal planning difficult, usually.  When there are four or more of us for dinner, I simply substitute the meat item with a non-meat protein, and everyone is happy.  In fact, quite often I make two of the non-meat protein, as I enjoy a good number of vegetarian items.

The tricky times are when there are only three of us dining.  It feels more cumbersome to make two different entrées for a party that small.  Our of deference to our vegetarian, I make a meal that is vegetarian and (hopefully)
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Seafood Soup

by TT January 12th, 2012| Recipes, Soups & Stews
This soup that I made on a cold winter afternoon actually started on a hot August night.  I had bought several lobsters to be made into lobster rolls.  After dinner I saw the piles of lobster shells and thought that rather than just discarding them, they could have a better use.  I did a little searching and found a recipe for lobster stock.  I didn't have a plan for the stock, so I stored it in our freezer for future cooking.

Fast forward four months to a cold winter day.  I had been considering making two different soups, one vegetarian
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Silky Zucchini Soup

by TT October 6th, 2011| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Originally I was going to call this recipe Creamy Zucchini Soup.  However, before I could publish the recipe I read an article in which a chef took another chef to task for calling a soup creamy, when there was no cream in the recipe.  This recipe has no cream; the only "cream-ish" ingredient is Greek yogurt.  For me, the combination of the yogurt and blended ingredients created something creamy, but I believe it also could be described as silky.

This recipe is one that should be made sooner as opposed to later.  For many parts of the country, zucchini season is
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Cheddar Potato Soup

by TT March 28th, 2011| Recipes, Soups & Stews
A couple weeks ago we had a taste of spring, and it was wonderful.  However, it was only Mother Nature teasing us because although the calendar says it's spring, the weather has been anything but spring-like.  With temperatures topping out in the high 30s and fairly windy days making the temperature feel cooler, we've been bundling up in coats, sweaters, and gloves again.  That certainly isn't what I imagine when I think of spring.

This weather doesn't encourage me to make big salads for dinner, even though I now have an almost endless supply of greens, courtesy of my husband's indoor
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Creamy (Yet Lowfat) Carrot Soup

by TT January 24th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
While I am not a vegetarian, I find many all-vegetable dishes to be exciting.  I do enjoy lamb shanks and braised beef short ribs, but I also enjoy Moroccan vegetable stew equally as much.  Now that one of our daughters has decided to give vegetarianism a try, I have even more reason to add new creative all-veggie dishes to our menu.

Although our daughter has seemed to enjoy her three month stint of being meat-free, I think sometimes I am more excited for these new creations.  A few weeks ago I made veggiepalooza, a simple stirfry of a multitude of vegetables
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Apple Soup

by TT December 9th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
With the cool fall weather turning into cold winter weather, we have spent many weekend days purchasing groceries, canning, and cooking.  Early in the fall, we bought a half-bushel of apples and made apple butter and dried apple slices.  Between the two recipes, we used the whole bag.  It went so well that we decided to buy a second half-bushel and make some more apple items.

In hindsight, purchasing a second half-bushel may have been too much.  We didn't need to make more apple butter, as we already had many jars in our pantry.  We made a couple batches of dried
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Nectarine Soup

by TT July 7th, 2010| Recipes, Soups & Stews
It is hot.

That's about all I feel inspired to write at this moment.  With temperatures in the high 90s and lots of humidity, the weather is less than comfortable.  As my mom (who lives in Florida) explains, I just am not used to these wonderfully warm days.  That is true.  I like warmth, say 80s, and I can do without the humidity.  However, I don't get to pick the weather.

To add to the excitement of the heat, one of my home's central air conditioning units decided this would be a good time to need new parts.  The good news is
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Veal & Mushroom Soup

by TT March 1st, 2010| Recipes, Soups & Stews
In the past week, I don't believe I've seen the sun for more than a few minutes a day.  Looking at the extended forecast has become monotonous, with day after day showing predictions of snow and rain.  Granted, our accumulation has been little to none, but the weather has been dreary.  After days of gloomy skies, I decided to warm our home and ourselves with bowls of steaming hot soup.

Reviewing our store of meat in the freezer, I had limited options.  We had ground lamb, veal medallions, and chicken wings.  Chicken wings seemed like a bad choice, and ground meat
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Egg Drop Soup

by TT February 22nd, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
So, the last recipe that I'll be posting from our belated Chinese New Year dinner is the simplest.  As I was writing my articles last week, I thought about the order in which I should publish them.  I'm glad that I had a moment of clarity and considered how hectic Mondays can be and saved the shortest recipe for last.

Mondays are busy due to the nature of my job, but this Monday is extra busy.  First, it is February break, which means that I have a 12 and 13 year old hanging around the house, and although they understand
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