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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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Baked Spring Veggie Risotto

Like every other person on the planet, I LOVE risotto! What I don’t love is that it is an incredibly high maintenance dish that requires lots of stirring and watching and waiting. I wanted to find a way to create a easy risotto that has all the creamy comfort of the original with minimal work. The secret is to BAKE the risotto. Now I know you may be skeptical, and I was too, but after a bit of experimentation, I created Weeknight Risotto. Now I couldn’t resist making some other healthy modifications to this dish, so there is no butter, minimal cheese, and I substituted healthy pearled barley for traditional [...]

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Farro Salad with Artichoke Hearts

I apologize for the posting drought recently. I had to take a little break and I am back refreshed and cooking up a storm! I had a wonderful opportunity to get away for the weekend and experience a lot of new things, including some yummy new foods. Like any restful break, I am feeling energized and inspired to create some new things. This recipe came together at the suggestion of Craig, who thought farro would work really well with artichoke hearts. So, using his great suggestion, I put together this quick salad that is simple, quick and stores well. A big batch of this yielded some delicious leftovers! Serve this [...]

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Chicken Soup with Meatballs and Farro

I have never made homemade chicken soup in my life. But today, I woke up with a cold and figured I’d give it a try. I wanted a really hearty and filling soup that would provide multiple meals. My mom and grandma have always made chicken soup with tiny meatballs, and since meatballs really improve everything, I knew I needed to add some. So I called my mom for some chicken soup advice and she recommended I find a stewing chicken instead of a roasting chicken. Apparently stewing chickens are smaller and have more fat, which makes for a more flavorful soup. She also recommended I puree the aromatic veggies [...]

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Winter Minestrone

We’ve been having an insane winter. No snow, and crazy temperature fluctuations. On Thursday, I went out to run an errand during lunch and it was 55 degrees. Today, it was 21. Super cold and windy, it was a perfect day for thick, hearty soup. Minestrone is the most ubiquitous Italian soup, there are so many different variations and flavors you can incorporate. Different regions of Italy have different preparations, and many vary seasonally as well. I love minestrone, but I find that in restaurants, it’s usually quite salty. My goal with this recipe was to cut back on fat and sodium while adding a ton of protein and fiber. [...]

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Farro, Kale and Bean Soup

Update: This recipe made the Top 9 Today! I want to thank all of you so much for your buzz.    The week of kale continues! It was FREEZING today. When Craig and I left the house to go to work this morning it was 6 degrees! Winter officially arrived it’s not fun. When I got home, I was craving something warm and comforting, like pasta. Unfortunately, despite having a months supply of homemade sauce in my freezer, I had no pasta at all. This is a very rare occurrence. So, I decided to clean out my cabinets and see what I could throw together. I ultimately decided on an [...]

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