Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple-Cranberry Relish

Yeah, this is the one soup you must make this fall. No lie. There is something so simple, so rewarding, so amazing about this roasted butternut squash soup with apple cranberry relish you will be back for lunch and dinner the next day. It’s smooth, creamy, and packed with flavor. Plus, butternut squash is one of those magic foods that makes you feel full and satisfied along with being jam packed with healthy vitamins. It’s like a double bonus to go right on top of just how awesome this soup tastes. And, the cherry on top? It’s freakin easy to […]

Mac and Cheese Soup

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This post was going to be about glorious carbs. Then it was going to be a rant about the miserable winter. It could have been about sugary sweet Valentine’s Day (truth moment, I totally forgot!!!). But as I sit here rewriting this for the 3rd time (and really not wanting to sound too grumpy), it’s about the Olympics. I don’t watch sports. I don’t know the first thing about scoring, points, super-bowls, or soccer. But I freakin love the Olympics. Watching the globe compete is inspiring. And not just because I live in one of the countries that sends a […]

Grilled Corn Chowder

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I had a rant about #sharkweek, a rant about the weather, and a rant about the bookshelf I purchased and finally assembled that I think just doesn’t fit in… I am not sure I can return it. Oh noes. But then I finished a great novel last night, The Alloy of Law, and am spiraling down a deep dark nerdy path this morning looking up new books by favorite authors and watching fan made trailers. Which I didn’t know existed until twenty five minutes ago. Some were ok (and kind of have me craving a not craptastic Zac Snyder stylized […]

Easy Gazpacho & Goat Cheese Croutons for Pass the Cook Book Club

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It’s that time again! Time to dust off those cookbooks, crack em open, and put on our aprons. Who am I kidding – there was no apron ;D Heck, I barely got it together in time for this months round of the Pass the Cook Book Club, which is why Juanita’s Cucina  picked the recipes for this round from Ina’s cookbook Foolproof. I own a rediculous collection of cookbooks, and although I find Ina’s cooking style appealing, I do not own any of her books. I have always wanted to try her recipes though, so when I saw that Jen […]

Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst Stew

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My comic shop is located in a college town. It makes for a diverse customer base from our long term locals to the passing through collector. But for the past few weeks we have had an onslaught of atypical purchases – a wide variety of students – because they have an assignment in which they have to read a comic and assess if the rating on the cover is appropriate for the content within the pages. I really wish I could read a few of these papers when all this is said and done. Seeing as we have had an influx of […]

Chile and Corn Chowder & a BigKitchen Le Creuset Giveaway

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Our final Soup Kitchen Monday is here! I’m kind of sad about this one, as my inner obsession with soup really made itself known during the last 13 weeks. We’re going out with a bang though! The wonderful people over at BigKitchen worked some Christmas magic, and were able to send me a beautiful Le Creuset French Oven to whip up these classic soups and stews for you while I was running the Soup Kitchen. Talk about making the holidays cherry and bright! The French Oven has pretty much replaced all of my old stock pots, except for that giant over-sized one that I use […]

Super Simple Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Have you ever just wanted gooey-cheesy-clog-your-arteries kind of food? Of course you have. Why else would you be here? That’s what I wanted when I walked into the kitchen to make this weeks Soup Kitchen Monday creation. Problem was, between recent travel, and the holiday season, I really should have just been eating celery. When I think of taco soup, I think of a hearty packed chili like soup slathered in cheese and swirled with sour cream and ever though I had seen some recipes for just that, I knew I had to cut it back just a bit. Don’t worry, there’s […]

Chicken and Dumplings get Mixed

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Nothing says cozy like a quiet mountain cabin easily an hour from anything major with a large fireplace and a balcony with a view that goes on for miles out over the woods. Or a big pot of homemade chicken and dumplings. Lucky for me, that’s exactly how I got to spend my weekend at Mountain Lake Hotel attending the first ever Mixed Con. Mixed was hosted by the bubbly Paula of bell’alimento and super organized Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmestic. The stunning old stone hotel was tucked off of Route 700 in Virginia and was the beautiful location for Dirty Dancing […]

Rustic Bean Soup with Pesto

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Did anyone else see that whirlwind of craziness that just passed through this weekend? I’m pretty sure I have a weeks worth of scrubbing to do before I can even think about bringing out the holiday boxes. Part of me really wishes I could skip the cleaning part and just throw glitter all over everything. To top it off, I decided that traveling to Mixed this next weekend would be just the pre-holiday why-am-I-not-planning-or-checking-lists-twice kind of stress inducer relief I needed. No really, I’m excited to go. The drive through Virginia alone will me me super happy. I hope you all had a much more […]

Beef Pho Unfiltered

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It’s been cold and wet and something about that has things weighing down on me. There is a lot on my plate and it gets you thinking. Sometimes you just can’t help it. My mamma was the type of woman who could pack a car in less than an hour and hit the road without looking back. I guess there’s part of me that admires that. Wonders what it would be like to let things go and drive off into the sunset. Sometimes I look around at things, working all day, every day, and sitting here alone at night and Handsome works late again, […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream

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Welcome to the Virtual Surprise Baby Shower for Rachel!  Rachel is the champ who runs Rachel Cooks – and her popcorn craving have been driving me crazy since she announced that she was expecting! We wanted to celebrate Rachel’s new bundle of joy by linking up and throwing her an online shower. I always give it up for momma’s that also run blogs. I can’t even being to pretend I know how rough it can be! I fall behind on posts and my kids are all furry and bathe themselves (well, for the most part). Rachel is always whipping up […]

California Cioppino

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I am in need of some serious house cleaning. My house isn’t dirty or anything, there is just some clutter right now. Clutter apparently drives me coo coo for cocoa puffs. There are cooking magazines and notes on recipes in one corner of the living room, read and unread books in a pile near the bed, and a shameful pile of shoes that need to be put away until next summer in the near the closet. Halloween needs to come down and I need to prep the small assortment of Thanksgiving decorations I have before the barrage of Christmas decorations […]

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodle Soup with Artichoke Cheesy Bread

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As I type this the hype of Sandy has almost peeked in my area and people are tucking themselves in to their homes to see what this beast has in store for us. At this point I have been warned about high winds, possible snow, and severe power outages. I hope you are reading this in a warm cozy house with power and that Sandy has left you unharmed. Our strategy included digging out the Pop-Tarts from last years hurricane Irene and pulling the umbrella and chairs off of the porch. I probably should have stocked up on toilet paper and ice […]

Light and Healthy Homemade Spaghettios with Cheez-its

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It’s 7:53 PM as I prep this post for your hungry eyes but all I can think about is sleep. Even though we have a bad movie waiting to be watched via Netflix and I should be getting pumped for zombie gore – I want my pillow in the worst way. I rode 28 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes today. So, I feel like I have an excuse for my insane fatigue. And then I hop over to this blog and feel like a total slacker. I’m ready for my pillow and all I did was ride today […]

Loaded Potato Soup and Bacon Scones

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It’s Monday and you know what that means – Soup’s on! It’s easy to forget in the warmer months how much I love soup, but these past few weeks and rekindled a love affair too deep for a few warm days to make is disappear. It was a beautiful 70something degrees today but tomorrow calls for rain and I’m betting a bowl of this soup is really going to hit the spot. Now, as far as soups go, potato soup didn’t jump out at me as one I had to make, but it was one my boyfriend swore he loved. and you all […]

Crab Bisque & a Muir Glen Giveaway

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Yankee Candle puts crack in their products. That is the only logical explanation. The thing is, I haven’t purchased a Yankee Candle in forever. I moved on and went with the less expensive and more convenient Bath and Body Works candles and home scent thingies. I had weened myself off of their big fancy candles. But the other day I got one of those buy one get one free coupons and the perceived value lured me back in. (Still, $30 a candle = crazy. Right?) Before I knew it I was walking around the house huffing ‘Autumn Leaves’, literally huffing, and back to my old ways […]

Creamy Pesto Chicken Soup with Spinach Gnocchi with Pesto Toasts

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Where do you find your inspiration? When you sit down to write, what are the things that keep it fresh for you and make it easy? Some days I sit at this tired and beaten computer of mine and stare wondering where the 99 ideas and paragraphs I wrote at 2am in a half conscious daze went. Oh, that’s right, they disappeared when I had to slay the evil dude from He-Man by coloring in the lines with only three colors in order to save the princess. Obviously, none of my posts come from my dreams. I tend to treat posts like […]

Chipotle Apple Turkey Chili with Honey Cornbread

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What could possibly take the place of this meat mavens love of all things flame kissed and charbroiled and boot my weekly grill recipe now that fall is officially here and baking season is upon us? (Man, I really hope that opening sentence got you as pumped as me). Well, think warm, comforting, and cozy. Think of thick blankets and bonfires. Think of the smell of roasted chicken, onions, potatoes and fresh bread filling the house. Yeah, it’s time for soups and stews in the PtS kitchen. For every week of fall I am going to feature a delicious and […]

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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It was the first few weeks of spring, and who am I kidding, pretty much any moment there after, that I found it really hard to muster up the patience to sit through a school day. The first half of the year isn’t so bad. You just would wake up and go. But once the world comes out of hibernation, I believe more than one imaginary tummy ache or sniffle kept me home from school. Anything really to just get away from the cold drab cinder block building faded from years of use and monotonous babble from the teachers counting down […]

Fajita Stew

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Did any of you tune in for the new show on Discovery channel, Doomsday Preppers about the people who live their lives prepping for world destruction and the business that capitalizes on their fears by selling them ‘bunkers’? Cuz I did. Wow. Our world is pretty screwed up at the moment, there is a lot going on all over the place. There are countless things to be afraid of, and that’s what this show is about. Not one type of fear, but all – from war to electromagnetic pulses from the sun that will send all of our satellites pluming into our atmosphere. I’m […]

Italian Wedding Soup

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This post is probably bordering on TMI, but since I lack filters, I just suggest the men look below to the tasty tid bits. Am I the only woman on the planet with an irrational fear of pregnancy? I treat it like catching the plague, every time a friend announces shes pregnant I buy a stash of sticks and pee on them like crazy hoping that it wasn’t somehow contagious, locking myself in a convent and rocking back and forth for a few hours. All of that is after I congratulate the new soon to be mother. I’m not heartless after all. This […]

Creamy Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

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Hunger Games… This post may lose me a few readers. I just finished the third of the books and am still trying to figure out if I liked them or not. Obviously, I liked some aspect of them because I read all of them. So, where I may have enjoyed reading the Hunger Games, do I think it could have better better? Hells yes. And here’s why. The concept is great, a post revolutionary country divided into sections with forced manual labor and the constant reminder of the supreme power government holds over us, brilliant idea. The idea of one girl breaking […]

Lasagna Soup

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This is one of those recipes I have been debating on whether or not I post for some time. I saw variations of lasagna soup on many sites and the idea most definitely caught my attention. Making lasagna for two is rough. There is only so many days of lasagna for lunch and dinner that we can handle, and a large pan of lasagna is about three days more than we need. But soup. We can down some soup in this house. Could a quick soup really be as good as a serving of your grandmomas’s home made labor of […]

Game Day Recipes + Beer Bread and Soup

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Are you ready for some football? Which team are you cheering on – or are you just tuning in for the commercials? Either way, enjoy some food and friends! If you are still looking for some inspiration or last minute menus check out this round up of finger licking game day food:            Chive and Cheese Beer Bread From BHG Special Interest: Tailgating Ingredients: 3 cups AP flour 2 tbs sugar 1 tbs baking powder 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped 1 teas salt 3/4 teas baking soda 1/2 cup shredded chaddar cheese 1/2 cup shredded Monteray Jack cheese […]

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

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It’s a sad day for me. My favorite pair of shoes has once again bitten the dust, and even though I see reincarnation every week (can’t keep a superhero down), I have been told that this time it’s the end of the line. These boots have far succeeded expectations, discovered lost and abandoned on a Target clearance rack, they were a size to big and with a price to low to pass up. For 6 bucks I scooped up the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever owned. The soles have fallen off three or four times, being glued back with everything from […]

Slow Cooker Super Easy Big-Batch Chili

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some snow. It was an unseasonably warm December in my neck of the woods, which may be why I never got in my normal holiday mood (how do you people in the south get into the holiday spirit???), but now it’s just starting to dip its toes into the cold stuff. If only we could add a little snow, I’d be satisfied. I know it goes against the whole ‘I love my job’ bit, but I could even use a few cozy snow days to decompress. Since the glee of tunneling […]

Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

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Holy post holiday madness, Batman. I am so glad I don’t work Mondays because I really need today to just recover. For anyone who has to work today, or yesterday, bless you. Christmas day was an awesome 12 hour marathon of presents, family, dinner, a visit from my favorite Rottweiler, and more presents.  I scored mass amounts of awesomeness, a shiny new Kindle and now I need to teach myself how to use it. These new fangled kids and their crazy technologies I am looking for new books to read now more than ever and am wondering how magazine subscriptions […]