Smoky Butternut Squash Soup with Seared Kielbasa and Toasted Brussels Sprouts

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Butternut squash soup gets an upgrade with smoky paprika, a bit of cayenne, and a hearty helping of seared kielbasa sausage and golden brown brussels sprouts on top. September gave us a proper Minnesota send-off this weekend with temperatures creeping back into the 80s. Everyone in the state ran to their lake homes or headed […]

Back to Basics: Chicken Noodle Soup with Acini di Pepe, Leeks, and Radishes


A fresh take on your classic chicken noodle soup recipe, this one uses acini di pepe pasta, leeks, radishes, and a healthy assortment of rainbow carrots. For the past week I’ve watched as leaves in shades of gold and crimson drift towards the ground. I stood under my neighbor’s towering maple as my kids walked […]

Back to Basics: Garden Vegetable Beef Soup

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A hearty, made-from-scratch beef soup recipe packed full of garden vegetables just in time to warm you up from the cool autumn air. I kissed my kids on their way out the door, closing it tight behind them, their small bodies wrapped in extra layers making their way down the leaf-lined street. I clutched a […]

Poblano Black Bean Chili with Cilantro Avocado Cream

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Mildly piquant Poblano peppers add kick to this full-bodied black bean beef chili recipe with a cooling cilantro and avocado cream on top. We woke up in Narnia. Snow had cascaded down from a dark midnight sky and left a soft white blanket that covered the ground and coated the trees. The grey mountains of […]

Ham and Potato Beer Cheese Soup

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Dark Irish stout and sharp cheese come together around bits of salty ham and soft boiled potatoes in this recipe for a chunky, satisfying soup. I’ve had this post open for five days now. For five days the white space between the HTML of the images has haunted me and begged me to tell a […]

Creamy Cauliflower Soup and Creating Clarity

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Shallots and thyme create an aromatic cauliflower soup that is just the right amount of creamy and indulgent with this easy recipe. Warm mittens have been pulled over tiny fingers to protect from the winter wind under a star-filled sky. We’ve scurried across the frozen driveway and climbed in the car, which is now gliding […]

When You’ve Gotta Gumbo: Smoked Sausage and Shrimp


A hearty, stick-to-your-ribs recipe for gumbo stew, packed full of smoked sausage, shrimp, okra, and served over rice. There is something you should know about me. I am slowly going insane because I used “gotta” in the title above. Gotta is not an appropriate way to say anything, but “When You Have to Gumbo” is […]