Italian Chicken and Parmesan Dumpling Soup

This soup is sort of fun to make, and I haven’t made it in a while. It’s sort of a cross between Italian Wedding Soup and Matzo ball soup with it’s own parmesan dumplings that are not akin to anything else I’ve had. This soup is the soup that taught me how to make my…

Split Pea and Ham Soup

One of my kids, Camden, fancies himself a vegetarian mostly.  However, he actually loves spiraled ham.  We were at Costco near Easter time and they had ham on sale and he begged me to buy one.  Since he rarely gets excited about any form of meat, I obliged.   However, after our little family had eaten…

Chicken and Lime Soup

Yesterday, we went to Costco and I decided the easiest thing to do for dinner was to pick up one of their Rotisserie chickens. After everyone had eaten their fill, I still had half a chicken left, so I pulled all the left over meat off the bone and vowed to use it in a…

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…