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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