Soups & Stews

Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Posted on Mar 14, 2017
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Irish Beer Cheese Soup ~ if you’ve never had, you’re in for a treat.  I recently had some cheddar beer soup from my grocery and man, was it good.  With St. Pat’s Day coming up  and all things Irish in the air, I decided to tweak that midwestern version by using some Irish beer and …

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Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
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A few weeks ago, out to lunch with Meathead, I had a cup of potato leek soup that was so good in it’s simplicity.  I’ve never really thought about making it at home, but I’ve been craving it ever since.  So, out came my Julia Child’s cookbook for inspiration and to see how to make …

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Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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I first posted this Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup about a year and a half ago, when I first started this blog.  I still love it, just made it today, and decided to update the photos.  Hope you try this soup, especially if you’ve been overindulging this time of year ~ it’s so good …

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Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
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When we lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of our favorite spots was Cecil’s Deli.  Loved that place and ALWAYS got a reuben and a cup of cabbage soup.  That soup ~ sweet and sour, with tender pieces of beef in a tomato-based broth with cabbage.  I crave that soup and recently stumbled on a …

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
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I made two soups with Thanksgiving leftovers, mainly the turkey.  Turkey Curry Soup and Turkey Noodle Soup.  Both were really good and both are all gone.  This turkey noodle soup is a great way to use up a bunch of what you already had on hand for the holiday. First I made the stock with the carcass, put …

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Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder

Posted on Jul 26, 2016
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I love when the sweet corn comes in, here in the midwest.  You practically don’t even need to cook it.  The farm stands are a treasure trove right now, so with fresh, local corn, potatoes, onions and tomatoes, I tried making a corn chowder for the first time.  Just a simple, basic corn chowder that I …

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Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks

Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks

Posted on Jan 10, 2016
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It’s cold out, finally, it’s been a pretty mild winter so far in Missouri.  Now that the holidays are over, and we survived the 2015 Christmas Flood, the weather has turned chilly and there’s talk of snow coming.  So now I want to make soups and stews and braises, and curl up with a blanket and …

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Posted on Jan 6, 2016
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I’m sure you’ve heard about the flooding in Missouri.  We live outside of St. Louis in the Eureka-Pacific area, and boy oh boy, did we get hammered.  It started raining pretty hard and steady the day after Christmas and by the afternoon, our creek flooded and we couldn’t access the driveway.  Then all the rivers …

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Turkey Curry Soup

Turkey Curry Soup

Posted on Nov 29, 2015
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Thanksgiving is over and I have leftovers.  Not too much, the gang ate a lot the next day and took some back to school.  The turkey carcass was used to make soup, and although there wasn’t much leftover turkey, there was just enough for two soups — a turkey curry soup and an old-fashioned noodle …

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Autumn Squash Purée

Autumn Squash Purée

Posted on Nov 2, 2015
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Pretty fancy name for, well, squash soup.  Doesn’t Autumn Squash Purée sound so much more appetizing?  I know my kids, and winter squash anything is not gonna fly with them.  But I keep making it anyway because it’s fall, the market is filled with locally grown squash, and I like this soup.  It’s just perfect …

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Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Posted on Sep 22, 2015
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  I’m not sure why I wanted to make this soup last week but I’m glad I did.  Maybe I got a taste for it when the hot, humid streak finally ended and we had a taste of some fall weather.  I used to make this years ago and then I lost the recipe.  I …

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Minestrone

Minestrone

Posted on Aug 6, 2015
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  It’s summer in full swing here in Missouri which means hot, hot, hot.  Why on earth did I want to make soup last week?  Because the markets are full of fresh, local produce.  Corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more.  I was thinking why not make minestrone with some of these good veggies instead of just …

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Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

Posted on Aug 6, 2015
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I keep mentioning in my recipes to use homemade stock if you have it.  So I thought I’d let you know how to make really good chicken stock.  I usually get a whole chicken, throw it in a pot with some aromatics, cover with water and simmer a few hours.  I’ve seen recipes for stock …

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