Tag Archives: Winter

Kale Soup with Farro

Kale Soup with Farro

I love soups in the winter – they are so comforting, and can also be so nourishing when prepared at home!  Store-bought soups are often too salty and loaded with flavorings, questionable meats, and refined carbs that do not contribute anything to our health.  But at home, if you can chop a few veggies andRead More

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Last weekend we invited friends over for our first barbecue of the season.  Except I was really in the mood for pulled pork, and ended up planning a whole menu that did not involve turning on the grill – oops!  But we did still enjoy our meal outside, and the nice thing about this pulledRead More

The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ok, I know, that’s a really gutsy title for a recipe.  But, as a sweet potato lover for as long as I can remember, I feel qualified to say that this method of making sweet potatoes, if not actually the “best”, is amazingly delicious in addition to being so easy and so good for us!Read More

Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

As my farmer’s market wraps up, a few staples that have been consistently available for the past few weeks are winter squash, potatoes, and leeks.  One of my goals for this winter is to get better at making soup, and so potatoes and leeks immediately made me think of potato leek soup.  Many recipes outRead More

Homemade Chicken Stock, Two Easy Ways

Homemade Chicken Stock, Two Easy Ways

Store bought chicken stock is one of those products which really irks me.  Even the seemingly good quality ones (organic, free range, low sodium, etc.) have long ingredient lists which include things like “natural chicken flavor” (shouldn’t the flavor come from the chicken itself??).  But somehow making homemade stock always seemed like so much effort!Read More

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

A few years ago, I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time for a very small group – just my parents, hubby’s parents, and the 2 of us.  At the time I was in a small apartment and just starting to practice my cooking skills, which led to a menu including an overcooked turkey breast, stuffingRead More

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Something that makes me very happy is having a freezer stocked with home cooked, ready to go meals.  I actually have a dream about having a walk-in freezer one day that’s full of things I’ve made!  Well, maybe not a walk-in, but a freezer bigger than the apartment-sized one I have now :).  Some foodsRead More