Carrot Chickpea Soup

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Thrilled to have resident soup expert, Serena– aka Seriously Soupy, with us to share one of her latest soup creations.  Serena has given soup tours and taught soup classes and boasts a catalog of over 100 homemade soups recipes.  With the change in weather, I asked Serena to focus on a recipe that compliments springtime…via color and flavor.

Here’s what Serena has to say:

Spring is a great way to experiment with lighter soups while also focusing on seasonal and fresh ingredients. During a recent trip to the local farmer’s market, I picked up a bunch of colorful carrots and parsnips which I thought would be a great combination for an earthy soup. To enhance it with additional nutritional benefits, I added in some chickpeas, sage, onions and garlic that made for a flavorful and filling soup. Enjoy.

Haroseth with Pears, Pecans and Figs

Haroseth is a chopped nut and fruit mixture served during the Passover Seder.  It’s usually eaten between two pieces of matzoh, to represent the mortar used by Jews in building palaces and pyramids of Egypt during their slavery.

I simply cannot figure out why I eat this amazingly flavorful fruit dish only two days out of the entire year.  It should NOT only be designated for this holiday.  Like many other dishes I’ve tackled, once in the kitchen and confronted with the ingredients and the directions, I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make.  Seriously, all that’s required is slicing and dicing and mixing of fruits and nuts and you’re done.

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I love this Haroseth recipe featured in [Read more…]

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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It’s spring and asparagus is in season!  Asparagus has been on my vegetable hit list for quite some time.

Both of my kids detest the vegetable so I’ve been desperately searching for one recipe that might, just might, make their eyebrows perk and their taste buds surrender.

Admittedly, I grew up eating very little asparagus— mainly steamed.  And, I didn’t like it either. So, the hunt was not only for my kids but, myself as well.

I finally hit the jackpot [Read more…]

Simple Herb Broth

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Today’s soup recipe is a creation from resident soup master Serena, of Seriously Soupy fame.  Here’s what Serena has to say:

Recently, there has been a lot of news about the health benefits of bone broth and stock. While this type of broth/stock is rich in vitamins and nutrients, it is also not a favorable option for vegans and vegetarians. Also, as we are yearning for spring, many people like to enjoy a lighter and flavorful broth that is extracted from herbs and vegetables.

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For this particular recipe, I used leeks, sage, scallions, thyme, dill, parsley and an onion to create a rich and flavorful stock. Made in under two hours, [Read more…]

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