Category Archives: soups and stews

Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo SoupDo you add dill to your chicken soup?  I first saw it done when I was researching Chicken Noodle Soup as a Jewish grandmother’s cure for illness.  So many of those recipes had dill that I had to try it.  Now, it’s a required ingredient in my kitchen.  Boy! Does it ever ramp up the flavor of what might be considered a “ho-hum” soup. Continue reading

Bell Pepper Beef Stew

Bell Pepper Beef StewI am so excited to be participating in a party this week; and not just any party….a Bell Pepper Party!   Our sponsor, Divemax has provided some amazing giveaways for you as well.  The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere.  But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first.  Today’s giveaway is a Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart braiser! Continue reading

Cream of Zucchini Soup

Cream of Zucchini SoupAre you one of the many gardeners with an over abundance of zucchini?  Are you sick and tired of zucchini bread and cake?  Are you looking for a different way to serve that plentiful vegetable?  Or are you like me; gardenless and wanting to simply enjoy this summer squash while it is in season?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this recipe is for you! Continue reading

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

You cannot easily buy gluten-free dried onion soup mix….so of course, I made my own!!  You must make sure that your bouillon powder is gluten free. Herb Ox is one such brand.

Homemade gluten-free onion soup mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix
  • ¾ cup dried chopped onions
  • ¼ cup beef bouillon powder (Herb Ox brand)
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp crushed celery seed
  • ½ tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Store in an air tight container.


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Chili Soup

Chili Soup with Pork

I am officially registering my complaint with Mother Nature.  If she were a real person, at this point, I am imagining her as someone whose desk is covered with papers and piles of to-do lists.  Apparently, she recently found the snow and rain memo and decided to play “catch up.”  May is not the time for snow and rain.  Does anyone else want to join with me in complaining? Continue reading

Crock Pot Lentil Stew

Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

When I make lentil anything, my husband usually puts on his long-suffering face.  Although you don’t know him, I am sure you know what kind of expression I am talking about.  It’s the one that says, “You are making me eat healthy food again.  I will eat it for the sake of the children.”   He will dutifully eat a portion of the offensive food and then it’s up to me to figure out how to deal with any leftovers.    And he expects a roast the next day to make up for his meatless sacrifice. Continue reading

Taco Soup

Hearty Taco SoupIs it getting cooler where you live?  Have you broken out your Dutch ovens and started making soup?  One morning last week, we woke up to 60 degrees and my sons actually turned on my car’s seat warmers and demanded that I turn on the heat as we drove.   I couldn’t help sniggering just a bit.  We have definitely acclimated to Florida.  Luckily for my sons, that “cold” morning was soon replaced with our regular 70+ degree mornings and almost 90 degree days. Continue reading

Cabbage Soup: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Cabbage Soup is a super frugal dinner.  Make it with whatever sausage or ground meat you have on hand.

This came about because of leftover vegetables.  I had half a head of cabbage and a bag of matchstick carrots languishing because I made a dish that will post later in the week.  What better way to use them than in a soup?  I thought I’d use a smoked sausage that was in my freezer, too.  When you google cabbage sausage soup you don’t get many hits.  Is cabbage soup not popular?
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Posole (glutenfree)

posole Mexican soupThis is the perfect recipe for using leftover pork roast or pork chops.  It’s a light soup, but has a nice flavor.  Serve it with a hearty salad or some rolls and you have an easy meal.

Posole (glutenfree)
  • 2 cups cooked pork roast or chops, cubed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 4 oz cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 20 oz can hominy
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  1. If you have drippings from the roast or chops, add them to the chicken broth.
  2. In a stock pot, heat the olive oil and cook the onions and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add the chicken broth and pork.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes.



Chicken Noodle Soup: Crazy Cooking Challenge

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This is my first month participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge hosted by Tina of Mom’s Crazy Cooking.  Each month, she chooses a dish and those who participate must find a recipe for it from another blog, make it and post about it.  This month was Chicken Noodle Soup.  This past month was also a month that I just could not shake a virus.  So I started looking for a chicken soup from a Jewish grandmother.  Why?  Because it’s supposed to be a magical cure and I needed to get well!!!  Why not kill two birds with one stone? Continue reading

Ham and Spinach Soup

Ham and Spinach Soup

This was supposed to be a smoked sausage and turnip greens soup.  It was supposed to be made in the crock pot.  A friend of mine gave me the recipe and I have actually tasted it the way it was originally intended, and it’s really good soup.  Only I had ham.  Lots of ham.  And then there was this package of fresh spinach in my bin that needed using.  It went in instead of greens…but spinach is green and leafy so that counts.  Sort of. Continue reading

Taco Bean Soup (cheap!)

Taco Bean Soup

This time of year, there is nothing like a bowl of soup to warm you up.  That is, unless you live in Florida.  This has been the weirdest Autumn ever for me.  Night temperatures have dropped occasionally to the low 40s.  Occasionally means seldom.  It was enough for leaves to turn color and drop off trees.  However, daytime temperatures have not ventured much lower than 60.  In fact, they have yo-yo’d from the low 80s to the high 60s every five or six days. Continue reading

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup: The Secret Recipe Club

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

A few months ago I joined a foodblogger group on Yahoo groups.  It was so fun to find that many of my favorite bloggers were already members of the group.   Anyway, Amanda, the moderator and all round gal in charge had a brilliant idea to form a Secret Recipe club within the group.  Those of us who wanted to participate signed up and were then were assigned another blog to visit and cook from…secretly. We are going to do this every month.  Continue reading