Lentil Spinach Soup

Today in the virtual kitchen we are serving a warm, healthy soup to help fight off the cold weather. This can be a vegetarian dish if you make it with vegetable stock rather than chicken stock. #Vegetarian #soup #cooking

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Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup

Ingredients:
3 cups chicken stock/vegetable stock
3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and julienne cut  (ginger can be peeled by scraping it with the side of a spoon)
2 Tablespoons sugar
Salt/pepper to taste

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Loaded Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients: 1 large spaghetti squash 1 jar roasted red pepper drained and chopped 2 cups baby spinach or kale chopped 1 cup cooked chickpeas or pinto beans 1 to 1 1/2 cup homemade or bought marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce 1 teaspoon of each dried basil and dried oregano Shredded mozzarella cheese if desired Materials: 9 x…

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Butternut Squash & Cranberry Brown Rice

This is a healthy dish for the new year. It can be made with couscous or brown rice. Ingredients: 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided 5 oz. dried cranberries about 1 cup 2 cups water 2…

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Sangria by Vonnie Hughes

Fellow author Vonnie Hughes joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a sangria recipe that can be made with or without alcohol. Just because New Year’s Day has passed doesn’t mean the parties are over. Take it away Vonnie! This is a lovely beverage to serve over the holidays. The color is festive and…

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Apple Chutney

This recipe is from 2015. It is something my family looks forward to each year! Traditionally apple chutney is a savory sauce made from apples, brown sugar, vinegar, onions and various herbs and spices. It has a sweet and tart flavor that complements meat dishes such as roast chicken, beef, ham and pork chops. In…

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Vegan Pea Soup

I hope that you enjoy this post from 2015! Cooking for a family that has food allergies is challenging, primarily because those allergies may change over time (depending upon the degree of sensitivity). One food my family always enjoyed during the winter months was pea soup—until one member could no longer eat ham. So I…

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Snow Topped Chocolate Crinkles

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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Veggie Beef and Barley Soup

  This soup helps create a warm and cozy meal on a cold winter day. When it simmers in the Dutch oven it fills the house with enticing aromas that will have your family clamoring for dinner! Ingredients: 2 1/3 cups water 1 cup pearl barley 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion chopped 5 carrots…

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie

Fresh raspberries really bring out the flavor of the chocolate in this brownie. If you enjoy brownies that are crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside, bake them until the sides are clearly set but the center is only just set. If you test with a toothpick, it should be clean…

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Scones for the Holidays

These vanilla scones feature chocolate chips, which melt slightly into the dough around them as they bake, making for an especially enticing presentation. Top with sparkling course sugar or my family’s favorite–salted caramel chocolate truffle spread. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 6 tablespoons butter,…

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a family favorite. “Fresh” is the key word for this recipe. I love using vegetables and herbs I grow in my own garden, but you can also find flavorful produce at a local farm stand or farmer’s market. Ingredients:  1/4 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh dill 1 tablespoon fresh…

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Sloane Taylor’s Breakfast Treat

Omelets are delicious for breakfast with croissants, jam, sausage and perhaps a mimosa on special occasions. Dress them up with French bread, butter, fruit salad, and iced tea for a refreshing lunch. And nothing is better on a hot summer night than an omelet with sautéed broccoli, sliced tomato, and a cool glass of white wine. Give them a try and then tell me which one is your favorite.

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Happiness is Knowing there is Cake in the Oven by Susan Lodge

The habit of afternoon tea and cake has come back into fashion with a vengeance.

Thanks to the explosion of bake-offs and celebrity chef programmes, baking cakes is big business. Never has the cup cake, Victoria sponge or biscuit been given so many media makeovers — despite the gym gurus and the calorie police. I love cake, but it’s a struggle balancing; bake-offs v gym workout, carrot sticks v carrot cake, bathroom scales v kitchen scales… and so on.

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The History of English Tea and Regency Era Cooking

One thing I am very good at is being a reader. I can read, ignoring all other distractions, for hours, days, (perhaps given the opportunity) months, or years.  (If only someone would pay me well for this skill.  Professional reader of fiction—this job has a ring to it.) This reading is what made me aspire…

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