Soup, Stew and Chili

Kielbasa Minestrone

Kielbasa Minestrone FI

Soup is the perfect meal on those cold wet days and that is exactly what we have been experiencing for what seems like weeks. I always find that cold rain can chill you right to the core and soup is a great way to warm up those bones. One of my favourite soups is minestrone. Very delicious and full of hearty …

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Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Corn

Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Corn-4

Since Super Bowl happens during the winter, I love to have some good ol’ comfort food on the menu. Of those items, probably my favourite is a big pot of chili. The great thing about chili, is that you can keep it simmering on the stove or in a slow cooker on low, and people can go over for a …

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Pork and Porter Stew – A Slow Cooker Recipe

Pork and Porter Stew a Slow Cooker Recipe-7

This past weekend was a cool one here in Toronto. It came as a surprise considering how warm thanksgiving weekend was the week before. Not only was it cold and windy but there were even some snow flakes falling on Saturday afternoon. Cold weather totally gets me in the mood for soups and stews. So, out came the crock pot …

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Chick Pea and Zucchini Stew

Pressure Cooker Chicken Chick Pea and Zucchini Stew-4

It seems like winter is never going to end. The news states that this may be the coldest February ever. Wonderful! Well, it is during these cold winter days that I make soup or stew, and to do that, I turn to my trusty pressure cooker. If you have not invested in a pressure cooker, let me encourage you, that …

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Beef and Beer Chili

Beef and Beer Chili-4

The other day, I made a big batch of chili for the parents of players on my two son’s football teams. It was a cold evening and a nice big bowl of chili was the perfect way to warm up while the kid’s practiced for their upcoming game. Bowl after bowl was served and the pot was emptied within minutes. Everybody …

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Smoked Pork, Black Bean and Corn Chili

Smoked Pork Black Bean and Corn Chili-6

As the weather cools and the temperature drops, my frequency of making soups, stews and chill increases. There is nothing better to beat those cold fall days than a nice big bowl of steaming hot chili. Since I make it regularly, I find that each batch of chili is a new creation. I grab whatever cans of beans are stacked on the …

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Crock Pot Tomato and Tortellini Soup

Crock Pot Tomato and Tortellini Soup

Making soup in the slow cooker is a wonderful thing! Not only is it the simplest way to make a batch of soup, but it can be started in the morning and then it will be ready for dinner. Like most things made in the slow cooker, there is little prep and all of it is done in the morning. …

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup-3

My kids had a big cross country race today and that meant I was going to be there, with 1000s of people, cheering all three of them on. I would not get home until just before dinner and that makes things stressful on Thursdays, since the kids have drums and piano lessons right after dinner. Wanting to get dinner going …

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Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup-4

I love soup any time of year and one of my all time favorites is potato and leek soup. Smooth and creamy, this is the perfect soup to go with a salad a light lunch, or as an starter before a main course dinner. It is surprisingly simple to make with very few ingredients. The best part of the soup …

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Venison Stew

Venison Stew

I do not cook venison much at all, but the other day a friend gave me a couple pounds of venison meat, after a hunting trip. I was eager to try cooking it and decided to make a stew. WOW – this stew was packed with flavor. The venison was tender but it was the stew broth that really rocked. …

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