I love this time of year in southern California. The trees are bursting with citrus fruit. When my neighbors show up with bags full of lemons, oranges and grapefruit I just wanna cry I'm so happy to get them. Citrus fruit are in season during this winter months (for the US) This time of year you'll buy the sweetest grapefruit, juices oranges and my favorite cara cara oranges! Making a fruit salad out of these beautiful fruits can kind of be tricky, so I'm helping you out with how to make the . . .
This is the best zuppa toscana copy cat recipe I've ever tried....and I have been making different variations of this copycat soup for years. This is my mom's recipe and I'm including both pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions so you can make it whatever way you desire!! I’m sure most of you have heard of this soup and most likely had it from Olive Garden. It’s always been my husbands favorite from there. He always shows me up and gets the soup and salad while I get a calorie filled . . .
October and Halloween always make me crave chili. My Grandma always makes this at Halloween time and now we make it every year on Halloween. Grandma's Secret To Delicious Chili My Grandma's chili is always the best...so many years ago I called her up and asked her for the recipe. She was very matter of fact in her response - "always double your meat, and always use tomato juice instead of tomato sauce, the sauce is too sweet." I've stuck to those rules and came up with this EASY tasty . . .
This cheddar cauliflower soup one of my favorite of all time. The thing is, is that is come from a restaurant in another state far away from me, and it has become so popular in that state, in that restaurant, that it's way over priced! I can't bring myself to even go there and buy it in its tiny bowl any more. Despite all the copy-cat recipes for Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, I haven't made one and thought- "YES! that is it," until I made my own adjustments. In all honestly maybe I . . .
Creamy tomato basil soup with a melty grilled cheese sandwich has got to be on pretty much everyone's top 10 favorites list. This creamy tomato soup is full of veggies (which no one will know!) with little cream and a little cheese to smooth it all out and balance out the tomatoes. Most recipes call for canned tomatoes- which is why I LOVE this recipes. It is ALL FRESH! How to make Creamy Tomato Soup Everyone knows what a roux is right? So lets move on to another base basic in . . .
Dumplings are arguably the best part of chicken soup. When my mom makes them for my family there is never enough. We argue and fight about who has more dumplings...and we race to get seconds and finish of the rest of the dumplings in the pot. Now when my mom makes chicken and dumplings she does two batches. Makes the soup, and does one batch of dumplings...serves up half the folks and with half the soup remaining add more dumplings. This isn't necessary but makes the soup go really . . .
I love chicken tortilla soup. The combination of flavors and textures is a party in my mouth. Chicken Tortilla Soup Inspired By Acapulco When I was in college there was an awesome restaurant called Acapulco. We enjoyed dining there and often times I would order their chicken tortilla soup as my entree. I loved that it was full of veggies - zucchini and carrots, and topped with homemade tortilla strips. Heaven in a bowl. So when I made up a pot of this soup for dinner I threw in some . . .
We have entered the fall season... also the season of after school activities, fall festivals, sports.... Football, soccer, softball, baseball. The evenings are busy and the air is cold. For those busy nights this is exactly what you a need, loaded baked potato soup. Often I'm scrambling for dinner. I know I am not the only busy mom with this problem! You get home late from practices, work, errands and need a family friendly meal in 30 minutes. This is just the recipe. A few years . . .
Everyone loves pasta salad! EVERYONE. It's perfect for potlucks, parties, evening dinner side dish, lunch, ids, adults... It is one the whole family will enjoy and devour! Such a simple and refreshing dish. Pasta Salad whips up fast, and simple. The ingredients are flexible- if tomatoes are not well loved in your family throw them out, replace it with a little grilled zucchini. Pasta salad is so versatile! It's even on you can prepare it a day ahead. Make sure to stir before serving, so the . . .
One thing I learned from my mom, who always a makes a famous potato salad, is the simpler the better. Potato salad can become a hodge podge of spices and add-ins- but it gets to be too much. They overpower the classic potato salad. Roll your eyes if you must- but I promise every time me or my mom make this we get asked for the recipe. Sometimes less is more, and even the pickiest of eaters will love this potato salad. This is the same recipe my grandma made, and her grandma made. I can . . .
Do you feel it?! Summer is coming! Lean, spicy shrimp, homemade croutons, and plenty of fresh greens make up the perfect summer dinner. Anything that uses a grill is a win in my book. Homemade croutons take about 5 minutes to assemble, then you bake. Easy! You can season them any way you'd like, you're totally going to have all of the ingredients on hand, and they're such a yummy addition. The homemade lemon caesar dressing also takes 5 minutes to blend up, doesn't have any egg yolk, and . . .
Our last book club we met at a popular restaurant here in southern California called WoodRanch Grill. I've been a handful of times and have loved everything I've ordered from the menu. One of my friends suggested I get the peanut slaw that night. Peanut slaw? It sounded just like what I was craving...even though it was a late evening and usually a time when one would order dessert, I wanted something savory. This Peanut Slaw was IT. It really hit the spot. I loved that it wasn't heavy and . . .