Beef, Kale and Vegetable Stew

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I asked Serena, author of celebrated soup blog Seriously Soupy, to share a soup recipe that can help bridge the gap between the end of summer and the kick off to the new school year.  Because, who isn’t searching for easy, time-saving recipes when the afternoon schedules are frenetic.

We love Serena’s Beef, Kale and Vegetable soup and there’s nothing better than serving a hearty soup that functions as a complete meal too.  We hope you enjoy!

Here’s what Serena has to say:

While I love the light summer soups, there is something so comforting of the meal-in-a-bowl option that makes for a wonderful dinner option. Personally, I love rich vegetable soups so I added peas, carrots, potatoes and crunchy kale as well as a base of tomatoes and onions. I also added in some lean beef and rice, which can be easily modified to another type of meat or no meat for vegetarians. Enjoy!

 

About Serena the author of the celebrated  blog called Seriously Soupy: Serena started Seriously Soupy as a creative outlet for herself after her first daughter was born, which combined her passion for cooking with an interest in learning more about soups and soup making.  Since it started, she has given soup tours and taught soup classes and has a catalog of over 100 soups on the site!  You can join Serena on her Soupy journey at SeriouslySoupy.com and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom and helping demystify the world of soup.

 

 

Summer Fruit Dips

I’m amazed that some of my friends have kids who have already gone back to school. To me, summer is finally in full bloom.  Due to the harsh winter, none of our flowers even showed signs of budding until the end of July.  The corn stalks are finally as high as high as an elephants’ eye.  The farmer’s stands are BURSTING with a plethora of colorful fruits and veggies that it’s hard not to stop and simply take in their visual beauty and splendor.

From August through Labor Day, my kitchen is usually stocked with  fresh fruits and vegetables  so I can make a quick, light, refreshing summer recipe on the fly.  For instance, last night, for dessert, my son asked for fruit salad.  This has never been requested before so I jumped at the opportunity.

Simply cutting up a variety of fruits:  apples, pears, strawberries, and bananas, and serving them with a homemade fruit dip (that literally took five minutes to prepare) was the the perfect answer to his request.  Not to mention, we enjoyed it this am for breakfast too.

Time to enhance the flavor of fresh, ripe fruits to give them the added attention they deserve.

Enjoy.

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photo courtesy of P&G Everyday

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Grilled and Chilled Peach Soup

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Even though I’m starting to get solicitous emails for Halloween costumes, I refuse, on August 1st, to admit that summer is ever ending.

The farm stands are bursting with a cornucopia of fresh fruits, veggies and herbs.

The corn is almost as high as an elephant’s eye.

The frothy surf is just a tad bit warmer.

In my mind, summer is FINALLY here.

To celebrate the season, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying grilling fruits and vegetables outside.  Have you grilled any Kale yet?  Watch my video:

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My favorite grilled fruits recipes are for peaches, pineapples and bananas.  Today, Seriously Soupy will share her her simple yet refreshing recipe for Grilled and Chilled Peach Soup.

Don’t forget, there’s an abundance of chilled soups waiting to be tried.  Once you do try them,  you’ll get hooked and your soups will undoubtedly become a fixture to your picnic table alongside the burgers and dogs.

Here’s what our resident expert Seriously Soupy has to say:

Chilling various fruits and vegetables is a great way to create new soups while staying cool. I want to test out a few this summer and started with a grilled and chilled peach soup. This soup-like blend took two days to make, which began by grilling the peaches with fresh mint, basil and lavender. The mixture was then cooled overnight in the fridge and blended together with some water and chilled in a freezer for a tangy/sweet soup-like blend that is sure to be a hit this summer. Enjoy!

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About Seriously Soupy: Serena is the author of a blog called Seriously Soupy.  Serena started Seriously Soupy as a creative outlet for herself after her first daughter was born, which combined her passion for cooking with an interest in learning more about soups and soup making.  Since it started, she has given soup tours and taught soup classes and has a catalog of over 100 soups on the site!  You can join Serena on her Soupy journey at SeriouslySoupy.com and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom and helping demystify the world of soup.

 

Green Pea Guacamole

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Is there anything better than freshly-made guacamole in the summertime?

I’m talking ripe avocados with some onions, cilantro, tomatoes and hot sauce.

I now make fresh guacamole every single weekend and still can’t believe how much money I’m saving by not purchasing those over-priced tubs from the grocery.

I’m hoping you’ve seen my video on how to make quacamole?

If not, watch here, it’s way too easy:

 

Last week I was making dinner with a friend and we decided to shake up our traditional guacamole routine and add sweet peas to the base.  I’ve gained much more confidence in the kitchen and have allowed myself to experiment with some of my staple recipes to anticipate new (and improved) outcomes.

Now, you may be thinking that adding peas to guacamole isn’t that big of a deal but, for someone who had never even cut open an avocado two years ago, it’s a huge leap.

For the Green Pea Guacamole, the new outcome was a beautifully vibrant green dish. Thankfully, the addition of the green peas rendered a nice sweet compliment to the warm flavor to the avocado.   That lace of sweetness will make you raise your eyebrow and say, “Aha, this is good.”

Add in some coarse sea salt and serve it with blue corn chips and you’re all set for a wonderful snack or appetizer to any dish.

Walk into a party with Green Pea Guacamole and you’ll definitely get the attention you deserve!

Enjoy!

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