Soup, Stew and Chili

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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. ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Smoked Sausage Gumbo-10

Gumbo is one of those soups that has endless possibilities and there are many variations. Even if you talk with people from Louisiana, you will differing opinions regarding what is best in gumbo. Some use a roux as a base, others thicken it with okra. Still others use filé powder to thicken the soup and give it a unique flavor. Some gumbo ... Read More »

Beef and Guinness Stew

Beef and Guinness Stew-5

Now that it is officially fall, I am totally into making soups and stews.  Stewing beef was on sale at our local grocery store, so that determined what kind of stew I was going to make. I guess I just love good old comfort food and nothing screams that more than a classic beef stew. Guinness beer is the perfect ... Read More »

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup-3

I like soup any time of year, but when the fall season arrives, I make soup all the time. Butternut squash works great for this creamy soup. A couple Thai chilies give some nice heat and the coconut milk adds a wonderful layer of flavor. This is really easy to make and perfect for that cool autumn day! 5.0 from ... Read More »

Curried Carrot and Fennel Soup

Curried Carrot and Fennel Soup

I recently received a new toy for my kitchen. The Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master is many appliances in one. It can blend, chop, fry, steam, knead, puree and more. There are adjustable temperature and speed settings allowing a great deal of flexibility. This appliance which has been available in Australia for a number of years, is just now available in ... Read More »

Chicken and Shrimp Meatballs in an Aromatic Broth

Chicken and Shrimp Meatballs in Star Anise Broth

My soup craze is continuing today and here is another recipe to share with you. One of my favorite soups is pho because the broth of this Vietnamese dish is rich with aromatic flavors. Today’s recipe has some hints of pho and also flavors that are popular in Chinese cuisine. Star anise, ginger, soy sauce are all some of the ... Read More »