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Upstate Minestrone Soup

Upstate Minestrone Soup

I made this wonderfully hearty soup last week for two different events at our house and though I have no pictures, I am giving you the recipe because I’ve had several requests for it.  I was introduced to this soup by my dear friend Karen Smith who I haven’t seen in oh, so long, but …

Roasted Vegetable Soup

  Roasted Vegetable Soup This roasted vegetable soup is a variation on Late Harvest Soup, a wonderful fall soup full of those delicious orange vegetables that match the leaves this time of year.  The small but distinct difference between last fall’s harvest pot and this year’s is the roasting of the vegetables.  Roasting brings out …

Let Them Eat Cake: Three Cake Recipes

Three Cake Recipes for Three Birthday Cakes My husband is feeling mighty loved right about now.  Mighty loved and maybe a weensy bit sick.  As he eats his sixteenth piece of birthday cake. That’s because I made him not just one but THREE BIRTHDAY CAKES this year. The spread for Taido’s birthday, greatly enhanced by …

Asian Salad Trio + Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Asian Salad Trio + Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches I feel like I am finally back in my cooking groove and I have sooo been wanting to share with you the delicioso bites coming from the Chino House kitchen.  I have special people at my house every night, but on Wednesdays, we have extra special people …

Spring Cobb Salad

Recipe for Spring Cobb Salad with Bacon and Turkey This spring cobb salad recipe can serve as a reminder to go to your local farmers’ market tomorrow. I now have markets north and south of the river, which makes for a full and glorious Saturday morning of marketing.  I brought home four different kinds of …

A Mediterranean Menu

A Mediterranean Menu Hummus Curried Lentils Tabbouleh  Homemade Chapatis Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, Chickpeas and Couscous (perfect if you are trying to teach a lesson on foods that start with the letter “C”) This Mediterranean menu is a meal I’ve been making a lot lately, from several different cookbooks combining lots of similar flavors and grains …

Goddess Dressing Like Annie's

Goddess Dressing

How much do you love Annie’s Naturals goddess dressing?  It’s so yummy, right? I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law introduced me to it one year in Taos. My friend, Natalie and I have done everything possible to get this premium dressing for less money. We took turns driving to Whole Foods to buy it on sale. …

Oven Baked Three Grain Oatmeal

Oven Baked Three Grain Oatmeal This is my new favorite (and easy) hot cereal: Three Grain Oatmeal. I’ve added it to my breakfast arsenal, especially for when guests are in town. You put it all in a casserole dish (or in my case, a cast iron skillet) the night before and set your oven timer …

Fresh Pesto Recipe

Here is my fresh pesto recipe in honor of the bunch of basil in this month’s basket from the farm. I use my food processor to make this, but i’m sure you could use a blender too. You can serve this on pasta or on sandwiches made with homemade bread. Fresh Pesto Recipe (for about …