Easy Seafood Cioppino

Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

Chilled Strawberry Soup #BrunchWeek

Inspired by the version served at the majestic Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney, this Chilled Strawberry Soup is a little lighter but tastes even better than the original.  Easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll be whipping it up all summer long! Let's talk about Walt Disney World for a moment.  I absolutely love it there.  It is the happiest place on earth.  At least the memories you keep are always that it's the happiest place on earth.  While you're there, it's fun...and … [Read more...]

Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque

A blanket of melted, crusty cheese covers a creamy, velvety smooth tomato bisque worthy of entertaining.  Easy enough to make in just under 30 minutes, Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque could also be added to the list of family favorites for weeknight dinners. Creamy soups are my absolute favorite thing on the planet.  I know for a fact that they're not, in any way, healthy when you order them in a restaurant.  And sometimes they're not so healthy when you order them at my house. :-)  But … [Read more...]

Super Simple Guinness Beef Pies

Easy and elegant enough for entertaining, Guinness Beef Pies are great for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The stew can be made in advance and then is baked with a crispy, buttery pastry top right before serving.   I never really celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Voluntarily, that is.  Last year I got a little excited for the festivities just so I could show off my awesome Leprechan Trap that "Landon" made for his class party.  Prior to that, I went on a pub crawl with my friends when I was … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Bisque

Rich and decadent, Lobster Bisque is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make and inexpensive, your special someone will think you spent hours in the kitchen.  Lobster is fancy pants.  It is.  If someone serves you lobster, in any form, you tend to gasp a little.  Even if it’s just an internal gasp but it’s there.  You’re a little impressed.  Unless you’re allergic to shellfish then your gasp has a completely different meaning.  But other than the fact that your … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup

Comfort food at it's best, this healthy, veggie packed Split Pea with Ham Soup recipe is simmered all day in the slow cooker.  A great dinner for a cold winter's day and perfect for those of us trying to get a little healthy in the upcoming New Year. It's over.  Christmas is over.  I definitely have the post holiday blues, all the planning and decorating is irrelevant now.  All the gifts have been given and unwrapped and played with or worn.  It's hard to believe how fast it went by.  Now … [Read more...]

Chicken and Butternut Noodle Soup (And a trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen)

A low-carb option to help keep things a little healthier during the holiday season. Butternut squash noodles replace traditional noodles in this fall spiced chicken soup. Hearty and filling, a new kind of comfort food. Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALDI markets. However, all opinions and statements are my own. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you already had a little peek into what I learned on my trip to the ALDI test kitchen in Chicago. It was a whirlwind trip to … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

The secret to a well-"stocked" kitchen....homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You'll never buy store stock again. This is the one ingredient I can't ever get enough of.  Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe.  I "stock"pile it.  I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I'll have to use that stuff in a box.  It just … [Read more...]

The Best Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup is the best invention ever.  Filled with veggies, herbs and roasted chicken, this soup could cure any ailment and is the perfect comfort food.  For a more filling meal, just add some egg noodles. We have a favorite chicken soup that we trek long and far for.  It's not really chicken soup if you were to order it....it's actually Matzo Ball Soup.  We ditch the balls and just go naked chicken soup....which is rather brothy and not really filling because it's missing the … [Read more...]