Julia’s Carrot and Orange Soup


Here is another amazing recipe from my dear friend Julia.  She fed this to a group of women that ooed and ahed over this amazing soup that is just perfect for a cold autumn or winter day.  The fennel, carrot and orange combination is amazing, and the spices she used were fun and new to me. Adapted from: Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo Serves … [Read more...]

Julia’s Fall Applesauce


Last Fall when I was in Chicago visiting family and friends, I found myself visiting my dear friend Julia quite often.  We'd hang out in her kitchen talking while she whipped up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that was the way it looked to me).  She had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, "we have to have the applesauce with it!" … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

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We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]

Lentil Stew


Such an easy soup to make when the weather starts getting a little chilly.  Also, a great way to use up any greens you have left in your garden! -Veggie base:  saute onions, carrots and celery in 2 T coconut oil -Transfer to slow cooker and add lentils:  2 cups french lentils, rinsed -Liquid:  Water or broth (to cover) -Season:  bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, etc. -Add … [Read more...]

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

-3 – 1” pieces of wakame (sea vegetable) -4 cups water or stock -1⁄2 cup chopped kale or Swiss chard -4 tbsp light or mellow unpasteurized miso -2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish Soak wakame in a small bowl of cold water for 5 minutes to rehydrate. Put water in a 4 quart pot, bring to a boil.  Remove wakame from bowl and tear into pieces, removing the spine. Add … [Read more...]

Minestrone Soup

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Kids at the Community School Middle School enjoyed another "Food and Fun" hands on cooking lesson on February 18th.  The topic of the lesson?  Soup!... a wonderfully versatile dish that can be modified based on taste buds.  (One student excitedly exclaimed that his soup was "going to have lots of garlic!").  It was fun for the students to be able to follow a general recipe but … [Read more...]

Fiesta Casserole and Food and Fun


At the December Food and Fun lesson for middle school students at Community School, we wanted to have a FIESTA and make Fiesta Casserole.  This dish is a favorite with the kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can easily make it themselves.  We cooked our quinoa and brown rice in rice cookers so that the whole grains were warm and ready to go at lesson time.  The kids … [Read more...]

Chicken Thighs with Maple Mustard Rub in the Slow Cooker


-5 to 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs -3 tablespoons real maple syrup -1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard -paprika -salt and pepper Mix together maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Rub the mixture all over chicken thighs. Put thighs in the slow cooker, sprinkle with paprika and salt and pepper. Cover, turn slow cooker on “LOW” and cook for 4 hours. Save juices at the bottom of … [Read more...]

January 2013: Vegetable Lentil Soup with Poached Egg


When traveling to other countries it always surprises me how much different the meals are: grilled vegetables, baked beans, stir fry. Getting veggies for breakfast is easy! We love this recipe because it can work for any meal. Our participants love this recipe because they learn how to poach eggs and it tastes great! We hope your family likes it too! Vegetable Lentil Soup 1 … [Read more...]

December 2012: Spicy Black Eyed Pea Soup and Three Pepper Spiced Cookies


A guest post by Nurture With New Year’s just around the corner, why not celebrate with some delicious, healthy soup! In the South, tradition goes that if you eat black eyed peas as the first food on New Year’s Day it will bring you luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead. We love this recipe for its versatility and flavor. We use it in our Family Program suggesting that … [Read more...]