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Easy Split Pea Soup

Easy Split Pea Soup

| April 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

You know how flavors can bring back vivid memories? Split pea soup is like that for me. One whiff of it’s smoky scent, and I feel the chilly spring afternoon air as I sat at my family’s wrought-iron patio set. My grandfather had returned from a favorite deli with sandwiches and soups, and raved over […]

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Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup

| March 17, 2011 | 23 Comments

Earlier this week, a farm in our town started their preliminary work for the growing season. They begin by readying their greenhouse and planting seeds for their crops (and they sell some of the started plants too). In a month or so, the first crops will be planted in the fields, and their garden center […]

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Tomato Bisque for 12

Tomato Bisque for 12

| February 22, 2011 | 11 Comments

Once upon a time, what feels like a bazillion years ago, I interviewed for a job at Taunton Press, publishers of Fine Cooking. But the job wasn’t for that fabulous magazine, it was for another of their great enthusiast titles – Fine Woodworking. I’ll pause for a second while those that know me personally snicker […]

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Waist-Friendly Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Waist-Friendly Slow Cooker Beef Stew

| January 6, 2011 | 7 Comments

When Will came home from school today, my house smelled incredible. The the lingering scent of slow-cooking beef mixed with red wine, garlic and more was mouthwatering and hit me as soon as we stepped through the door. I couldn’t wait until dinnertime. The stew, which the kids both ate a lot of, was hearty […]

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Super Easy Potato Leek Soup

Super Easy Potato Leek Soup

| December 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

  Whenever anyone asks what my favorite recipe is, my recipe Potato Leek Soup is one of the first to come to mind. It’s ridiculously easy — just a few ingredients — and it can be made pretty swiftly with minimal hands-on work. And while simple, this unassuming soup is flavorful and warm — perfect […]

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On Growing Up and Turkey Chili

On Growing Up and Turkey Chili

| October 12, 2010 | 3 Comments

There’s a picture of Will on my desk from his first year in preschool. He’s got this infectious smile, like he was laughing at the time. And he looks so dapper in his striped Oxford shirt. That’s the little boy who’s now a kindergartner. He’s five now, and learning to read and write. Where does […]

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Family Favorite: Beef Stew Recipe

Family Favorite: Beef Stew Recipe

| January 19, 2010 | 8 Comments

Pretty much everyone who knows my family knows that my husband Shawn hates onions … or at least he says he does. The truth? He doesn’t like the texture of onions, but he does appreciate the flavor that a sweet onion can add to a dish. Don’t tell him I told you though, he’s very […]

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Perfect for Cold Days: Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

Perfect for Cold Days: Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

| December 23, 2009 | 5 Comments

When the air hits that certain cold temperature and you can see puffs of breath whenever you go outside, you know it’s time for hearty meals. You know, ones that will warm you from the inside out like stews, roasts, chowders … and also chili. I love chili. It reminds me of ski lodges, chair […]

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

| December 9, 2009 | 2 Comments

This quick and easy recipe for Butternut Squash Soup can be topped with crispy shallots for a comforting fall and winter meal. Let’s talk comfort food. Comfort food brings us to that warm, happy, good place, the one where we feel safe and warm and loved. It’s food that reminds us of happy times, or […]

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Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle Chicken Chili

| May 6, 2009 | 4 Comments

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a day that commemorates the Battle of Pueblo where the Mexican army defeated French forces. It’s a big thing for Mexico. I remembered briefly this morning when Facebook reminded me to wish one of my childhood friends a happy birthday. Then I promptly forgot. When I sat down to write […]

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