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Bacon Corn Chowder

Chowder, or Chowda, as we call it in Boston, is such a quintessential New England food. Here, we eat it year round and locals will slurp down a big bowl of yummy clam chowder on a hot August day. I am a lifelong chowder hater. Despite being surrounded by it constantly, I didn’t try my first bite of chowder until I was 28. Something about thick, creamy soup just didn’t do it for me. That changed when Craig and I took a road trip to Nova Scotia. We experienced some incredible food, including locally smoked salmon and many different varieties of chowder. Clam, Shrimp, Seafood, Corn, and Vegetable to name [...]

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Chicken Corn Chili

It’s playoff football time which means one thing: Chili! I love all varities and I have featured a whole bunch of different recipes on the blog. I love chili because it’s an incredibly versitile dish. You can add any combo of meat, beans, veggies and chilies and come up with a totally creative, tasty meal. Recently, I’ve featured a bunch of chili on this blog, including Squash and Quinoa Chili, Turkey 3 Bean Chili, and Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. For this week, I wanted to make a healthy chili that was filling, flavorful, and made ample leftovers so I could get a few meals out of it. In the freezer, [...]

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White Bean Pesto Soup

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2013 I wanted to feature something healthy, simple and filling, Since soups is my most popular recipe category I thought it would be a great way to kick off a healthy 2013. It is such a fun way to experiment will all kinds of healthy, delicious ingredients. I especially love soup in the winter, it’s  a perfect cold weather meal. This soup came together on Sunday afternoon as we were decorating our Christmas tree. I wanted something simple and healthy that could last a few days. I soaked some white beans and then added some other things I had on hand. This [...]

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Craig, Archer and I had a fun and memorable time at my mom’s house this year. We didn’t have water for a while, which complicated things, but then everything came together perfectly. It was also a great opportunity to spend some time with the newest member of the Reppucci family: Ozzy! My mom adopted him last week from a rescue in Connecticuit and he is a blast. He got A LOT of attention at Thanksgiving. I think Archer might be jealous… Anyway, did anyone else eat too much this weekend? I certainly did. So now it’s time for inter-holiday detox. Some healthy meals and [...]

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Autumn Minestrone

It is officially fall! The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and I’ve started to use the seat warmers in my car. The farmers market is filled with all kinds of delicious fall treats. After going a bit overboard buying fresh veggies, I needed the perfect recipe. Since I updated the website, I’m spending a lot more time thinking about what you, my readers enjoy. One of the most visited pages on my site is the soup/stew recipe category. I make a fair amount of soup since it’s a good make-ahead staple and freezes well. So, I decided to create an autumn minestrone featuring some delicious winter squash.  All [...]

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Thai Squash Soup – Freezer Fridays

Welcome back to Freezer Fridays! I’ve had multiple comments and emails about more freezer friendly meals so today I bring you a delicious low-calorie soup made with super fresh seasonal ingredients. I love butternut squash soup. It tastes like fall. I’ve been making butternut squash soup for years, with just the usual sort of ingredients (see last year’s verion HERE), but my mom just introduced me to what I think is the best tasting soup I’ve ever had. She picked it up at a natural market in her hometown and begged me to replicate it. I obliged and WOW is this good soup. Instead of confining this to butternut only, [...]

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