Classic Gazpacho


Gazpacho has become my go-to summer soup.

I love picking the vegetables from my garden and then mixing them up in a blender and serving the soup cold.  It’s truly hassle-free.  I’ve experimented with many different flavorful varieties over the years:  Mango Gazpacho (our family fave), Almond and White Grape Gazpacho, Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho, Spicy Gazpacho, and Watermelon Gazpacho.  However, I now realize that I’ve never posted a simple recipe for Classic Gazpacho.

I asked out resident soup expert, Seriously Soupy, to share her celebrated Classic Gazpacho.  Serena, aka Seriously Soupy, started making soups as a creative outlet for herself after her first daughter was born.  Since she 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 and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom and helping demystify the world of soup.

Here’s what Serena has to say: [Read more...]

Black Bean Power Salad

black bean salad

For the first time since becoming a parent 12 years ago, I’m officially an empty nester!  Both of my kids shipped off to sleep away camp last week and I’ve been walking past their empty bedrooms with the deepest sense of longing.  Now I know how my parents must’ve felt every summer.  And, I was a lifer at camp, having gone away 9 straight summers.

I still can’t believe [Read more...]

Making Jam: It’s Time


Today’s guest post comes from Jennie Burke. Jennie is a freelance writer, homemaker, wife and mother from Annapolis, MD. She’s interested in real food and its role in human development. She also runs a fund that supports low-income young adults facing cancer. She loves being with friends and family, travel, enjoying the outdoors and eating!

Knowing that Jennie is an avid canner and jam maker, I asked her to demystify the process.  While I’ve made jam myself, it took me years to get up the courage to actually do it.  It’s a lot easier than it looks.  I will never forget making jam for the first time with my mom.  She was so sick at the time yet she took pride and solace in our project.  I still have a jar of strawberry jam we made labeled from 1997.  I will never remove it from my freezer.

Here’s what Jennie has to say (take notes): [Read more...]

Garlic Cauliflower

garlic cauliflower

Last night I needed a hassle-free vegetable recipe that I could throw together just minutes before the meal.

The day slipped away from me and I found myself frustrated and stressed that dinnertime arrived and I was staring into a half-empty fridge. However, I did have two heads of cauliflower that need to be used before they started to turn.

Have you discovered the power of garlic, olive oil and sea salt with your vegetables? That’s all you need to make an easy, tasty, flavorful side.

I took two garlic bulbs, chopped them up in my mini-prep food processor and then combined it with some olive oil in a bag with the cauliflower. After the cauliflower was sufficiently coated, I placed it in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.

When the cauliflower was almost done, sprinkle some Parmesan on top.  I didn’t have any available so I used some shredded cheddar cheese.

Try it for yourself.

Note: You can substitute the cauliflower with other vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, squash, etc.  And, feel free to add some baked bread crumbs too.

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