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Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

I feel kind of silly writing about soup when the temperatures are going to be in the 80s for a few days this week. Just a few days ago, however, it felt like winter. And, if the last few months are any indication of the weather patterns we will have this spring, I’m guessing that there are still plenty of chilly days to come. So, hang on to this recipe for a chilly day and bear with me!

I’ve been relying on my slow cooker quite a bit lately. I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner each afternoon, but I can usually get a solid 30 minutes of meal prep done during Madison’s morning nap. It’s just enough time for me to get dinner into the slow cooker. Plus, it feels good to have things taken care of early in the day (especially on those days when she chooses not to take an afternoon nap!).

This vegetable soup has become a new favorite at my house.  I think we’ve had it just about once a week since December. I’ve made a few different versions and perfected my recipe over time.  Sure, it’s fast and easy, but it also tastes great. I usually serve it with a loaf of freshly baked bread or a side salad. This recipe makes a pretty big batch (8 – 10 servings), which yields plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week!Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

In the last week or two, I’ve been taking advantage of my slow cooker quite a bit. The cooler weather has been a welcome change.  Suddenly soups and other slow cooked meals are sounding much more appealing to me. It also helps that a little bit of effort in the morning (when I actually have some energy) means I don’t have too much to do to get dinner on the table later in the day.  I’ll take whatever help I can get these days!

Even though we’ve been enjoying cooler weather, we are also still enjoying lots of great fresh vegetables from our CSA and garden. So, I have been incorporating them into just about everything I’ve been making.  This tortellini soup is no exception. Loaded with bell peppers, zucchini, fresh tomatoes, and kale, there’s no need to bother with a side salad.  The salad is in the soup! Once you add the sausage and tortellini, it’s pretty much a complete meal.  You won’t get an argument from me about a one dish dinner… Especially when it tastes this great!Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Gourmande in the Kitchen Edition (Episode 128)

Today I am thrilled to have Sylvie from Gourmande in the Kitchen here to host this week’s edition of the Friday Favorites!

If you don’t know Sylvie already, you should definitely get to know her.  She’s got some really fabulous recipes on her site, and she also happens to be one of my favorite photographers. Seriously, her stuff is amazing. I think you’re really going to love seeing the great recipes that she’s chosen as her favorites this week!

Thanks so much for dropping by, Sylvie!Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

I find that, because I have a food blog, everyone assumes that I’m always in the mood to cook.  They think that it’s all chef-y food, all the time. I wish that was the truth… But, unfortunately, I tend to go through kitchen mood swings.

Lately, I’ve been craving some simplicity. When it has come time to decide what we’re having for dinner each night, I’ve been winging it quite a bit, opting for basics that I can make without a recipe. When I get into these into these dreary kitchen moods, I am always glad that I have learned to cook over the years. With minimal effort, I know that I can pull together something for dinner using whatever’s on hand.  Sometimes, I think that’s one of the most valuable kitchen skills to have.

One of my favorite non-recipe dinners to make is soup.  I almost always keep soup ingredients on hand, and I can mix and match what I have for endless variety. I start with aromatics – onions, garlic, carrots, celery.  Then, I usually add a bit of meat, beans, or sometimes both.  Add some good flavored broth (which I always keep in the freezer so I have it on hand), herbs and spices, and a few chunky veggies (if you like), and you’ve got a great soup. No sweat!

Want it to be even easier? Throw it all in your slow cooker. That’s what I decided to do a few weeks ago when I made this ham and bean soup.  I had a ham bone left over from a Christmas dinner that I made for my family. I pulled out some dried beans from the pantry and used the two as the base for a simple slow cooker ham and bean soup.  I didn’t really measure… I don’t think you need to.  The measurements in the recipe are approximations…  This is one of those dishes that you can feel your way through, and use what you have. Most importantly, enjoy the process. Sometimes getting in the kitchen can be pretty therapeutic, especially when you’re lacking inspiration.Continue Reading

Friday Favorites – Episode 118

Happy first Friday of 2012!

I’m still adjusting to the fact that the holidays are over, and the new year has arrived already.  Where did the time go? While I’m still trying to figure out where the holidays went, I can say that I’ve had my fill of cookies and sweets.  I didn’t make any crazy resolutions about never eating another cookie or cutting sugar out of my diet entirely. In fact, I didn’t really make many resolutions at all.

Instead, I’m just focusing on making 2012 a great year. I’m trying to eat a little better, but focusing on making food that I love and enjoying what I eat. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and incorporating new ingredients into our diet. Instead of worrying about all of the things I can’t do, I’m looking forward to the things I can do.

So, if you’re looking for a list of lowfat, grain free, or fad-diet food, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere… Instead, here’s a list of the recipes that caught my eye this week… Recipes that will be a great start to cooking and baking in 2012!Continue Reading