Classic Tomato Soup Recipe

This soup is not only delicious, it’s also a snap to make! Just 5 ingredients go into this healthy, home-made tomato soup that takes only a few minutes longer to serve than it’s canned cousin -and believe me, it’s worth the extra effort! Continue reading

No-Knead Multi-Grain Bread

I have been doing a lot of bread baking lately, experimenting with different flavors and textures. I blame it on the cold weather, when really, there’s nothing better to do than stay inside and cook. One of my happy successes was this multi-grain bread, which won approval from the whole family. Whole wheat flour is combined with all-purpose flour, and is jazzed up with a combination of rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and millet for a chewy, hearty (and healthy!) bread that is perfect for toasting and spreading with jam!

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Recipe Review: Mushroom and Walnut Stew with Cheesy Cobbler Topping

Here’s a really great recipe I found on a totally awesome food blog called www.amuse-your-bouche.com. I was looking for a traditional “beef stew” type recipe using mushrooms, but came across this and just had to give it a try. The results? An absolutely delicious dish I had to share with my readers! Continue reading

Easy Home-made English Muffins

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Here’s a great recipe I tried from the King Arthur Flour website- for anyone who hasn’t checked out their website, I highly recommend it. I usually have very good luck with their recipes.

Since I’m trying to avoid GMOs,  I wanted to find english muffins without the corn meal. Unfortunately you can’t seem to buy them that way, so my only option was to make them myself. In place of the corn meal, I used dry Cream Of Wheat (farina). It’s an easy swap, and the texture is exactly the same! 🙂
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“Mom’s Best Waffles” with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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I know I’ve been doing a lot of sentimental recipes lately -blame it on the holidays- but this is the time of year I crave traditional family dishes. I can’t help it, I’ve been blessed with a multi-generational family of amazing cooks, and let me tell you, my mom makes some pretty mean recipes -not the least of which are her waffles. Continue reading

Vegetarian Töltött Paprika – Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers were one of my favorite meals growing up- but these are not your typical stuffed peppers. Töltött paprika or Hungarian stuffed peppers are comprised of meatballs with onion and barley (0r rice) stuffed inside a pepper (my family uses green bell peppers) and slow-cooked in a rich tomato broth. When the meatballs are cooked through, the tomato broth is thickened and flavored with sour cream, and the whole thing is served over fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s the ultimate in Hungarian comfort food.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a meat substitute that has the right flavor for this dish, so I opted to leave the “meatballs” out altogether. Instead, I just roughly chop the peppers, and cook them together with onion and barley in the tomato sauce. The flavors remain very similar, and the result is a delicious, tomatoey stew that is both rich and wonderfully warming on a cold winter night! Continue reading

Creamy Vegan White Bean & Garlic Soup

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This is a really great winter soup – thick, creamy, delicious, and really satisfying. White beans are simmered in vegetable stock with garlic and onions, seasoned with black pepper and rosemary, and pureed until smooth. Perfect with a chewy grain bread or crusty baguette! Continue reading

A request for pet lovers…

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If you are a pet lover, PLEASE watch this quick video!

This is a little bit out of the norm for this blog, but I wanted to reach out to all of the animal lovers who visit my site about some major changes that may be taking place in the regulation of pet food… something which I am pretty passionate about.

The FDA is proposing some changes to their regulation practices in the manufacturing of pet food, and they want to hear from individual consumers (in other words, YOU).

If you’re not familiar with the issue, all I ask is that you check out this quick youtube video which summarizes everything beautifully:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1kVDrPVUsec

If you want to, you can take just five minutes to tell the FDA what you expect from them when it comes to pet food regulation. All of the links and info you need are located at this link: http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/lets-do-this

I sincerely hope that some of you will take the time to let the FDA know that you expect them to ensure that your pet’s food is safely regulated!