Slow Cooker Indian Summer Stew

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Many moons ago, I was a Montessori teacher (or Directress as we are known in the IAPM world). I worked with many wonderful women from Sri Lanka and India who introduced me to their amazingly flavorful cuisines. They would giggle at my white bread sandwiches and I would watch in awe as they would eat curries and rice dishes with chilies and spices I had never seen. It was an eye opening experience for a young adult from Orange County, California to encounter culture from so far away. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Indian Summer Stew”

Very Veggie Soup

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For the past 2 months, Monday nights have been soup nights at my house. I love that I can make a big batch of soup in the morning during my meal prep and it gets even better sitting in the fridge while I am busy running the kids to after school activities until I am ready to reheat it for dinner. My girls love all kinds of soup, but my boy is much pickier. Either he doesn’t like the texture, or the color, or he suddenly hates every vegetable in that particular soup. It’s a challenge to make him happy with soup for dinner, let me tell you. Continue reading “Very Veggie Soup”

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Back when I was a newlywed, I read that the average American family makes the same 9 meals on rotation. 9 meals. 9 meals? “How can the vast flavors of the world be explored in just 9 meals?” I wondered. I vowed then and there that I would never allow myself to become the “average American family” in that regard. I had only been cooking for a couple of years at this point and was bound and determined to explore food as much as my palate and budget would allow. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Taco Soup”

Hidden Veggie Tomato Soup

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For years I have been making The Barefoot Contessa’s Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup every summer. Yes. We’ve established that I love soup all year round, but tomato soup is best made in the summer because that’s when tomatoes are at their peak season. They are no longer picked green, shipped up from Mexico, and ripened to an anemic red with ethylene gas before they make it to your grocery store. During summer tomatoes are a beautiful deep red, bursting with flavor and juicy sweetness. They are plentiful at the farmers markets and ripe for the picking off of back yard vines. And because of this, I make fresh tomato soup every summer and freeze several jars so that we can savor the fresh flavors of summer on bleak winter evenings. Continue reading “Hidden Veggie Tomato Soup”

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

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Ever since I was a child, I have adored soup. It can be sweltering outside, but as long as I’ve got the AC on, I will happily curl up with a steaming bowl of soup and a good movie. It must have to do with the fond memories I have of my mother lovingly bringing me soup in bed on a tray whenever I was sick as a child (which was quite often). Much to her chagrin, I preferred the canned Campbell’s soups and packets of Lipton chicken noodle to any homemade varieties. My mother makes fantastic homemade soups (she even makes her own noodles from scratch!), but ever the processed food junkie, I retorted, “Give me Top Ramen or give me death!” Continue reading “Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup”