Saturday, August 3, 2019


What is August known for?  It is National Goat Cheese Month, and National Read a Romance Novel Month.  It is also National Mustard Day on the 3rd and Watermelon Day on the 3rd.   It is also Zucchini Month and I’ll make something with zucchini.  

I have a great recipe for Zucchini and Fennel Soup that is easy and good tasting.  Give it a try.

Zucchini and Fennel Soup

1 large fennel bulb, 8 small fronds reserved for
     garnishing. Cored and slice in ½ inch thickness
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 ¾ pounds of zucchini, sliced and chopped into
    chunks
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced (I have put more in the soup)
4 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup sour cream for garnishing

In a medium pot, cover the pieces of fennel with water. Add
     lemon juice.   Bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer over lower heat until fennel is
     tender, about 20-25 minutes.
Drain the fennel.
In a soup pot, heat oil and add zucchini, onion, garlic.
Cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until
    softened, 15 minutes.
Add chicken stock and cooked fennel and bring to a
    boil.
Cover and simmer medium heat until vegetables are
    softened, about 10 minutes.
Puree the soup in food processor or immersion blender.  
Return to pot and season with salt and pepper.
Put in soup bowl and put a dollop of sour cream on
      each soup bowl and a fennel frond.
Serves 4-6

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

June


What is the month of June known for? June is Country Cooking Month, and Dairy Alternative Month.  June is also Turkey Lovers Month and National Soul Food Month.  Here’s one for you—World Naked Bike Ride Month.  I really don’t want to see this in our neighborhood. But the one I most love for June is Georgia Blueberry Month.  Love those Blueberries.  So give this summer  salad a try.  I love it.

Cool Blueberry Summer Salad for Two

2 cups baby spinach leaves
¼ cup blueberries
1 Tablespoon crumbled bleu cheese  (I love blue cheese so I sometimes add a little more)
1 or 2 Tablespoons low fat balsamic vinaigrette (or add to your taste)

Rinse and drain spinach leaves
Place spinach leaves in a low salad bowl.
Add the blueberries, bleu cheese, and drizzle it with the balsamic vinaigrette.
Serves 2

Very easy and very good!




Wednesday, February 20, 2019


What is the month of February known for?  It is Exotic Fruit and Vegetable Month, National Condom Month, and American Heart Month.  It is also Sweet Potato Month, Barley Month, Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month and Library Lover’s Month.  There are so many items to choose from this month to share a recipe with you.  I am choosing Avocado and Banana Month and making an Avocado-Key Lime Salsa.  It is great with many things.  You can serve with fish, chicken, shrimp and other items to your liking.   Here is something different to try and enjoy!

Avocado-Key Lime Salsa

2 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
(I usually put lemon juice on the avocados so they don’t 
    darken)
3 key limes, peeled, seeded, and chopped  
1 key lime for squeezing 
1 red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced or finely chopped 
1 teaspoon cumin
1 red bell pepper, diced
2-3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 
Lime
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.
Squeeze key lime over salsa.
Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
It does not stay fresh for any length of time. Serves 4-6  



      

When traveling to Palm Island in the Windward Islands by boat, we stopped at a local restaurant.   The restaurant used this recipe with many of their dishes. I asked the waiter if he could give me a copy of the recipe.  The waiter verbally gave me the recipe and I wrote it on a napkin. Of course, there weren’t any quantity of ingredients. So I had to experiment some to get the amounts.  And I’ve also changed a few items.  I prefer red onions to white onions and I have added more cilantro. Give this recipe a try.  I think you will like the taste. 








Sunday, December 23, 2018


January is the beginning of a New Year, 2019.  So what is January known for?  It is Get Organized Month and National Clean Up Your Computer Month. One of my favorites for January is National Hot Tea Month.  There are so many good tasting teas.  But the one I will use is National Soup Month.  This way I can have my choice of what soup I will chose from my cookbook, Soups and Stews…Comfort by the Spoonful. 

One of my favorite soups is Butternut Squash Soup.  It is creamy and has a great taste.  Give it a try.

Butternut Squash Soup

8 cups chicken broth (or use vegetable broth)
3 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
5-6 slices bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
2-3 teaspoons chopped parsley
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 Tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
3-5 Tablespoons dark rum*
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
Parsley chopped for garnishing


Put broth in a large soup pot over medium heat.
Add carrots, bacon, garlic, celery, parsley, thyme, bay leaf.
Bring to boil, cover and simmer 1 hour over medium heat.
Add potato, squash, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook 40-50 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Let cook, remove bay leaf and bacon.
Put into a food processor or immerse blender and puree.
Stir in rum, lime juice, salt, pepper, simmer 7 minutes.
Garnish with parsley.  Serves 7-8


* Substitute dry wine for the rum.



You can also use some of the seeds from the squash as a garnish.  Makes it look great.


Variations:

  • Add 2 cinnamon sticks. Add with potatoes.
Or

  • Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
Or

  • Add 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced. 







Monday, December 3, 2018

December Turkey Meatball Soup

December is a great month with all the holiday in it.  At some point you might be cooking a turkey and get into the spirit.  Here is a great soup to try during that time. I love turkey anytime of the year and usually cook it several times.  I  use turkey chopped meat a great deal.  You can also buy frozen turkey meatballs and use them.  Give this one a try.

Turkey Meatball Soup

10-15 turkey meatballs (you can use frozen ones or make fresh turkey chopped meat- meatballs)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (or if you can find it turkey broth, but it is hard to find)
1 can (14 oz) strewed tomatoes
2 medium zucchini, cleaned, chopped in pieces
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2/3 cup corn (either frozen or canned0
1/2 cup green beans (either frozen or canned)
1 teaspoon dried basil (or use fresh if you have it, 2 T)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, combine the chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, corn, green beans, basil, and salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered for 30-40 minutes or until the veggie are tender.
Add the meatballs, simmer until tender another 30-40 minutes.
Serves 5-6

I like to serve a nice piece of French bread or some other great bread with this soup.
Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018


November 2018 

Sweet Potato Soup

1 Tablespoon bacon fat
1 cup onions, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in small pieces
5 cups chicken broth (you can also use vegetable broth)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ( I add a little more as I really like it)
Sour cream for topping

Saute onion, celery and sweet potatoes in the bacon fat for around 5 minutes.
Add broth, cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until veggies are tender.
Puree in a blender or use an immerse blender and then reheat.
When you serve put a dollop of sour cream on top.
Serves 5-6 people




Thursday, September 6, 2018


September 2018

What is the month of September known for?  There are lots of funny and appetizing foods.

It is ‘Be Kind to Writer’s Month’—that one really hits home as I am a writer of two cookbooks and one novel.  It is also Eat Chicken Month and National Chicken Month.  It is National Bake and Decorate Month and National Fruit and Veggies Month.  The one I am going to use is National Mushroom Month.  There are lots of recipes in my Soups and Stews…Comfort by the Spoonful book and choosing one was difficult.  I finally decided to share my Mushroom Barley Soup recipe that I think you might like. It should keep you warm even through in Florida September is still hot.


Mushroom Barley Soup

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
½- ¾  pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
10 cups mushroom broth*  (or beef stock or chicken stock)
1  ¼  cups pearl barley, rinsed in cold water
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
2 to 4 Tablespoons parsley, chopped for garnish

In a soup pot, warm oil and butter and slowly saute the onion,
      celery, carrots until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add sliced mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes until soft.
Add broth, barley, all herbs and reserved liquid.
Bring to boil, reduce, and cook 60 minutes slowly so barley is
      tender.

Remove bay leaf, add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve in bowl with parsley as garnish.   Serves 8-10