One thing is pretty clear. My massive sweet tooth has definitely taken over this site. When I started out blogging I had no idea where this journey would take me. Everyone around me could have predicted the outcome since I’m pretty much known for my desserts by our family and friends. I was clearly in denial – not because I don’t like baking and creating sweet treats or being known for them, but because I like cooking just as much. Don’t worry, desserts and sweet delights will continue to take center stage with savory bites here and there, but today I needed to bring you this fabulous soup. Another thing I adore to make, especially during the colder months, is soup. I love soup and can’t think of anything more comforting than a warm bowl of deliciousness with a crusty piece of bread on the side.
Minnesota is known for Wild Rice. Pretty much everyone here has their own version of Wild Rice Soup and it’s a huge favorite in our house as well. It’s hearty, filled with wholesome grains and super creamy (even without the addition of dairy). I added bacon because, well, do I really need an explanation? Everything is better with bacon and that statement holds definitely true for this soup. It’s perfect!
I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t love this soup. It is so family-friendly and appealing to small and great alike. Continue reading →
With the Christmas season practically knocking on our door, my mind has been occupied with snacks, hot cocoa, bars, cookies, barks, and so much more of the good stuff. I can hardly wait to share everything I’ve been making and am continuing to create for my very favorite time of the year. Especially since ya’ll have been so kind to me and I am having the best time writing, connecting, and sharing with each and every one of you!
But I do have to produce food suitable for dinner time. At least once in a while. So today we’re talking about one of my go-to meals. Stir-fries, lo mein, and pretty much anything you can find on Asian restaurant menus are highly adored in our little family. Last night’s Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Bowls couldn’t have hit the spot more. Umamilicious and nutritious. You won’t be able to empty your bowl quick enough to snag seconds before your loved ones go back for more.
What’s for dinner? Even though I write a food blog and have food on my mind probably more than the average person, I can’t escape the daily question about our evening meal. You would think that it would be easy for me to throw anything together and to come up with something rather quickly… well, think again. While most of the previous statement is correct, food menu planning and making sure that dinner is ready once 6 o’clock hits is equally a challenge to me as to most cooks in America. This is exactly why I love making soup. In a short period of time, you can throw together a meal that takes only one pot to prepare, it is filling and the perfect vehicle to sneak in extra vegetables, and it is the gift that keeps on giving. To me, soup tends to taste better on the second day than it did on the first. The flavors had some time to develop and make for an even more satisfying and well-rounded meal. This is where Chicken & Gnocchi Soup comes into play.
Hooray! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I do? I love how Fridays always bring a sense of excitement with them. Whether it’s the fact that people are in good moods, the thought of sleeping in or the simple sense of enjoying some free time, I simply love the feeling of it all. Also, when I was younger Fridays were the one night of the week on which the kids got to choose the evening activities and the food that was going to be served for dinner. We usually chose pizza or fish sticks and the occasional stop at McDonald’s was definitely on the list. Getting to pick our favorite movie or board game afterward was icing on the cake. Continue reading →