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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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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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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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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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Peach Cherry Chilled Soup

by TT August 11th, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
peach cherry soupI have always loved fresh fruit.  There's a picture of me at my six year old birthday dinner, which includes chicken, corn on the cob, and strawberries.  In fact, I have liked fruit for so long that I don't understand when people tell me that they don't like fruit.  I get not liking a particular fruit, but not liking any fruit makes my brain feel muddled.  What's not to like?  Full of flavor and good for you, yes, fruit is lovely.

So, with this adoration of fruit, I always have something on hand. Cherries are in-season now, making them readily
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Cucumber Gazpacho- A Crisp, Refreshing Chilled Soup

by TT August 4th, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
cucumber gazpachoIf you have a garden, then it is quite likely at this point in the summer that some vegetable or fruit is producing far more than you can handle.  We don't have a garden, but we do live next door to a farm.  So while my refrigerator bins aren't overflowing, I have nearly constant access to just picked produce.  One piece of produce that I have seen in great abundance is cucumber.

I bought a few recently and put them in the veggie crisper, waiting for them to be eaten as snacks.  However, as our anniversary dinner drew near, I
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Cold Cherry Soup

by TT July 7th, 2014| Recipes, Soups & Stews
cold cherry soupLast week I had an unusual occurrence.  I had no children at home for dinner. I had no husband at home for dinner.  I had no plans for myself outside of the house.  My first instinct was to fill this void with a social outing, but then I thought about the beauty of a quiet house on a weekday night.  With temps in the 90s and lots of humidity, it seemed like a fine idea to stay inside with a bit of air conditioning, some good food, and a book.

With an opportunity to cook for only myself I was
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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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