Like Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden

Bohemian Soupsody: Lighter Zuppa Toscana Inspired by the Olive Garden

Soup #4 is a make-at-home version of Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden. We don’t go there often, but if we do I actually go for the soup, salad & breadsticks meal over every other dish. And that is mostly because of this soup. It is creamy and combines sweet Italian sausage, potatoes, and kale. … Continue reading

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creamy mushroom soup with thyme

Bohemian Soupsody: Mushroom Soup

Soup #3 is a delicious mushroom soup: warm, earthy, and creamy. Besides mushrooms, it features garlic, thyme, and a dash of nutmeg. I can’t wait until thyme is available in our garden, I’m sure it’s even better with fresh. Of course, the soup contains heavy cream, which was amazing but I wanted to see how it … Continue reading

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Movie Night Treats (or should I say Film Night Buffet?)

My husband is a movie nerd film buff. He even has a film club, a group of friends who attend a viewing and then discuss what they’ve seen. I’m so thankful that he has a group of like-minded buddies to analyze what things “mean” since that is not my forte, although I try my best… “I … Continue reading

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flourless chocolate cake

Happy Valentines: Fudgy Chocolate Cakelets

Spur of the moment, I decided to bake a special Valentines dessert for my family thirty minutes before dinnertime. I wanted something chocolaty that would be on the table in 30 minutes. “Fudgy Chocolate Cakelets” is the answer. It took 10 minutes to whip up. Not only is it quick, it’s HEAVENLY (yes, I’m shouting). … Continue reading

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Bohemian Soupsody: Smoky Lentil Soup with Bacon from Williams Sonoma

Soup #2 is a Smoky Lentil Soup with Bacon. It is smoky, thick and topped with bacon and sour cream. It would go very well with a gourmet grilled cheese, made with smoked gouda and high-quality crusty bread. The original recipe is from Williams Sonoma. It seems like a recipe promoting a fancy kitchen device, … Continue reading

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Bohemian Soupsody: Carrot-Ginger Soup with Cashews

We’re trying have more meatless meals around here. I’m also into making meals that stretch, so this lead me to soups. Thus begins the soups series I’ll call “Bohemian Soupsody,” though the hubs suggested “Soupsapalooza.” So anyway, on with Soupsody. Soups are great, they are a budget-friendly meal that you can stretch by pairing them … Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Grapes, Goat Cheese & Honey

Roasting fruit is unexplored territory. Until now. I must say that it was worth the venture. Roasting grapes changes them a bit. They become sweeter and softer when roasted. They would be a great yogurt topping or snack when paired with cheese. If you do a web search you’ll see that there are lots of … Continue reading

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Slow Cookers Pulled Pork by Williams Sonoma

This Williams Sonoma recipe caught my eye because of its high rating (4.9 out of 5 stars). It’s a winner for several reasons. Presented here, in no particular order: 1. Two words: slow cooker! 2. It’s a big-batch main dish, which stretches for several meals in our house. 3. It doesn’t have a bunch of … Continue reading

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No-Knead Dinner Rolls (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day)

No-Knead Breads is one of the best discoveries from 2011 in our kitchen. I use it for pizza crust, naan and peasant loaves. And now dinner rolls. I made these for Thanksgiving and Christmas and they are delicious! Plus, you can make one 9-roll batch and save the unused dough for 1 week + and … Continue reading

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The Quest for THE Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There is one thing I take very seriously. Cookies. In particular, chocolate chip cookies. It all started with the saucer-sized cookies my dad used to make when I was in preschool. Then on to my cookie-baking kick in high school, mostly consisting of Toll House and whatever recipe was found on the margarine box or … Continue reading

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Orangettes: Candied Orange Peel Dipped in Bittersweet Chocolate by Serious Eats

Does anyone remember the Pepperidge Farm Orange Milano cookies? They remind me of home. These Orangettes taste like an Orange Milano cookies. They are candied orange peels dipped in bittersweet chocolate. The orange peels transform from inedible throwaways to the taste and texture of orange candy. Really, they’re orange peels. The peels are blanched repeatedly to remove … Continue reading

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Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and Parmesan

We recently discovered organic, pre-washed baby arugula. It’s an “aromatic,” slightly spicy green full of vitamins A and C. Usually we mix it with spinach. Last week before a trip to the market, I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, The Quick Recipe from American’s Test Kitchen. I stumbled upon this jewel–Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and … Continue reading

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Chocolate Shortbread Raspberry Bars

Raspberries and chocolate is a wonderful combination. This take on my Orange Essence Bars. It incorporates a chocolate shortbread crust, a sprinkling of bittersweet chocolate, topped with a creamy raspberry layer. It is a divine! Chocolate Raspberry Bars Chocolate Crust:  1/2 cup white sugar 1-1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 cup butter 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate … Continue reading

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Need Party Food? Try Wonton Cups

Around this time of year most of us have parties or potlucks, which require some time in the kitchen. Here is something new to try, Wonton Cups. It’s an edible cup, a unique delivery system for a variety of sweet or savory fillings. If you have an oven, muffin tins, and some cooking spray you can make them. They … Continue reading

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Coconut Ginger Butternut Squash Soup with Lime Crema

My four-year-old picked this soup for dinner over homemade mac & cheese. My hubby, who hates squash, loves this soup, making it a winner in my book! We’ve tried other squash soups, but this is the one because of the layered flavor profile: curry, coconut milk, ginger, lime, shallot, leek, onion, white wine, thyme, and, … Continue reading

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