Soups & Stews

Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup, in soup pot with ladle full of soup. Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
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Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup ~ simple and comforting old world soup made with beef short ribs, cabbage, allspice, brown sugar and red wine vinegar.  Almost as good as Cecil’s in Saint Paul, Minnesota! When we lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of our favorite spots was Cecil’s Deli.  Loved that place and ALWAYS got a …

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White Christmas Chili

White Christmas Chili

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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I’ll say one thing about Minnesota ~ it’s unbelievably cold in the winter, but the people make the best of it and get outside as much as possible.  I hated the bitter cold when we lived in St.Paul, really hated it, and the snow that NEVER melted.  But we lived on beautiful Summit Avenue (think …

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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 in a bowl with spoon. Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder

Posted on Jul 26, 2016
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Seasonal corn chowder with summer sweet corn, simmering the cobs to extract all the flavor for the chowder base, with potatoes and onions and a little kick from jalapeño. 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 …

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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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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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Chili Mac, in serving bpowl with grated cheese and sour cream. Chili Mac

Chili Mac

Posted on Oct 30, 2015
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Traditional ground beef chili, packed with flavor and served chili mac style over macaroni pasta ~  pass the grated cheese, sour cream and hot sauce, please! It’s chili time!  This is the chili I’ve been making for several years now, and the reason being that all members of my family like it. It’s not too spicy, it …

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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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