Pasta e Ceci (Chickpea Pasta)

I’m sick of winter. I hate cold weather. Nothing is worse than when the weather is horrid outside and you don’t want to leave your house, but you still have to make dinner. Ugh! This Italian recipe is great for a cold winter day. It’s really more like a chickpea and pasta stew. It’s thick… Continue reading Pasta e Ceci (Chickpea Pasta)

Oxtail Reboot – Pie and Soup

What do you need when you realize that it’s still winter and there is still snow/slush/cold or a damp bite in the air? Winter comfort food! What is better than a beefy pot pie or a beefy barley soup when the weather outside is less than thrilling? Oxtail pot pie and oxtail barley soup! Remember… Continue reading Oxtail Reboot – Pie and Soup

Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Sweet potatoes are showing up everywhere. Want a “healthy” french fry? Sweet potato fries. Want a colourful mash for Thanksgiving or any other family get-together? Sweet potato mashed potatoes (and, if you’re old enough to remember, sweet potato mashed potatoes topped with marshmallows). Sweet potato soup? Why not! Remember when we made Chicken Tinga Tacos for National Taco Day? We used chipotle peppers… Continue reading Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

The other day I was at the Arezzo Antique Market with my friend Nan. I’m a big fan of the Antique Market and have furnished much of the house with furniture and other pieces that I’ve found at the market (click on the Arezzo Finds page to see some of the great items I’ve seen there).… Continue reading Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Pumpkin (lightly) Spice Soup

The weather has gotten cooler and the leaves are almost off the trees. At mealtime, light summer salads are replaced by warming fall soups. While in the past, I would have said that Pumpkins are something that are carved for Hallowe’en or baked into a pie, you can’t turn a corner now without seeing “Pumpkin Spice” something,… Continue reading Pumpkin (lightly) Spice Soup

Thanksgiving Thai Turkey Soup

Thanksgiving is a great time for family and friends to get together. There is usually plenty of food which usually results in lots of leftovers, and especially turkey leftovers! Now, while I love turkey sandwiches, there are only so many of them that I can eat. On top of that, after all of that Thanksgiving… Continue reading Thanksgiving Thai Turkey Soup

Fresh Summer Gazpacho with Basil Oil

  As some of you know, my older sister Louise suffers from celiac disease. She is also vegetarian (actually pescatarian, but since I can’t eat fish or shellfish, I stick with vegetarian for her). She has her birthday in August and I thought gazpacho would be something she would enjoy. It is a great way… Continue reading Fresh Summer Gazpacho with Basil Oil