Knoephla Soup

Pronounced (NEF-la) soup is a midwestern take on Chicken and Dumpling soup.  I guess German settlers brought Knoephla Soup to the Midwest, turning limited resources into a comforting meal.  I was intrigued by the homemade dumplings when I saw this recipe in my Best of America’s Test kitchen magazine and really wanted to give it a…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I made something earlier this week that called for tomato juice and then I had a whole huge jug of it left in my fridge.  I hate for things to go to waste and love to repurpose things, so tonight I made it into tomato basil soup.  I found the recipe on Cookpad.  I’ve never…

Cauliflower Soup

This was another Cooks Illustrated find.  I love this recipe because it’s so creamy but doesn’t have any cream in it.  It calls for putting cauliflower in two different waves because supposedly cauliflower have a different taste depending on how longer it is simmered.  So cooking half of the cauliflower longer gives two different tastes…

Smoked Sausage and Wild Rice Butternut Squash Soup

My first year working as a Physician Assistant one of my medical assistants invited me to go to her book club one night.  To this day, that was one of the neatest book groups I’ve ever attended.  They had been meeting together for 10 straight years or something like that.  They got together once a…

Red and Green Chili

I must say that I have tried quite a few chili recipes and have never been happy with them.  I found this recipe years ago in a Utah State Fare cook book.  It’s pretty easy and tastes great.  I wish it was a little less runny, but it doesn’t bother me too much.  I often…

Hungarian Goulash

Goulash is a traditional dish from Hungry.  It’s named after their herdsmen known as gulyas.  This was an easy meal for them to make because they had access to meat and it cooks slowly over the fire all day with little attendance from them and then be enjoyed at the end of their day.  I…

Gram’s Tortilla Soup

I’ve already raved about how my Gram’s has all the best recipes.  This is one of her staples.  I feel like she generally always made it for me every time I came to visit because she knew I loved it so much.  It really is good and quick and easy to make.  I’ve only adapted…

Vietnamese Beef Pho

 Have you ever seen star anise?  It’s the prettiest and most intriguing spice, and I wanted to use it in something.  This was another exciting culinary challenge in the kitchen courtesy of Cooks Illustrated and calls for star anise.  The first time I made this I thought you pronounced it “Foe”, but have since learned…

Pot-au-Feu

 I love to cook, and while I appreciate yummy dishes that are also simple, I sometimes like a kitchen adventure.  I love conquering a dish that is a little more technical or uses ingredients that are new to me.  That’s why I love Cook’s Illustrated.  It’s a magazine put out by the makers of America’s…

Zucchini Soup

   Have you ever grown zucchini?  One plant produces zucchini up to  your ears!  People joke around these parts that if you leave you car unlocked during church during garden season you’ll come back to a car sneakily filled with zucchini.  I was complaining about our zucchini abundance woes one year to Derek’s Aunt Lily…

Zuppa Toscana

 My favorite soup at Olive Garden is their Zuppa Toscana.  My Mom went under the knife today for total knee replacement surgery.  In preparation, at her house last night she made this soup in her crock pot and froze a bunch for her husband to enjoy while she is at the hospital the next few…

Homemade Egg Noodles

Gotta give Emily Brady all the credit for this recipe.  She like me likes to cook, not bake.  And she keeps posting pictures of these egg noodles that she says are delicious and so easy to make.  So, the last time I decided to whip up some Chicken Noodle Soup I gave her noodles a try.  I…