• Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy minestrone soup.  Dani Spies at Clean and Delicious has a wonderful recipe.  (Well, lots of wonderful recipes, actually.)  As soon as our weather cooled off in October, I could not wait to try this one!  The only problem was that I didn’t have the cabbage I needed.  So, what did I do?  Improvised, of course. I basically cleaned out my stock of all sorts of fresh veggies that needed using.  Hence the name “vegetable medley”.   And added it all into the pot.  You can’t mess up cooked veggies, in my way of thinking (wink). So, be brave.  If you’ve got something…

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup with Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Options

    Can you believe I actually did it?  When I told you yesterday that I planned to use the same Cream of Chicken Soup recipe process to make cream of mushroom soup for Thanksgiving prep, finishing it was no problem.  I tell ya, this cream soup is very quick to pull together. Do you not need gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients?  I included everything I used in making this recipe.   If you have no issues with gluten or dairy, simply use your choice of whole grain flour to replace the gluten-free flour.  I don’t recommend replacing the coconut milk with regular milk, though. For starters, chop a pint carton of mushroom slices…

  • Home-Made Healthful Cream of Chicken Soup

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.”  Proverbs 15:17 Gone are the days when my recipe box was filled with casserole recipes requiring canned condensed cream soups.  You know the ones.  Cream of chicken…cream of mushroom…the two most popular of all.  Are you wondering, “Why not use canned cream soups?   What’s wrong with that?” As food is medicine for building your temple to be strong, the quality of food we eat is ultra important.  Fresh, well-chosen, and without chemicals.  Does that sound hard to achieve?  It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.  Filling your pantry with high quality ingredients is a…

  • Salsa Beef Stew with Deer Meat

    Salsa Beef Stew

    I visited our kiddos in Atlanta in early June for a wedding and a week of R&R.  The following week after the wedding, I visited the bride’s mother (a dear and treasured sister) with another dear and treasured sister.  We call ourselves “The Birthday Club”.  “2 AM Sisters”.   As we travel through life’s seasons, our name list grows to too many to list here.  The wedding was beautiful and a very special day! The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 27:9) In the picture above, G (Mom of bride) is on the left, and D is on the right.  There is so much…

  • Broccoli Stem Soup

    How to Make Broccoli Stem Soup with Kale Garnish

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17) When you buy fresh broccoli at the grocer, do you cut off and cook the florets and then throw away the stems?  I always have.  It seemed like such a waste, but I didn’t know what else to do with the stalks.  I didn’t realize broccoli stems can be so tasty – and extremely healthy for restoring our temple!  Read on ahead to find out why and how. Does this soup look dairy free to you?  I have to say, it definitely is smooth and creamy.  And, it absolutely IS  dairy-free.  There’s something about…

  • White Chicken Quinoa Chili

    White Chicken Quinoa Chili

    Do you have cold weather in your area of the world?  Woohoo, we finally do!  It’s time for our soup meters to be hitting all cylinders to warm our engines! My cousin shared a recipe with me that her niece had sent to her by phone image.  (What does that mean?  Is she my second cousin?  Third?  Once removed?  Twice?  Who keeps up with that stuff?) My cousin promptly sent the picture to me, and I printed the recipe from my phone.  (Gotta love technology!)  It had no notation of the source, and many changes were written in the margins.  It’s one of the most versatile chicken chili recipes I’ve…