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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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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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