Quicker Minestrone – Favorite Fall Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)


Feel a little chill in the air? See the harvest coming in? Ready to dust off the soup pot and get cooking? Autumn is a wonderful time to bring back tummy-warming, stick-to-your-ribs meals. When quizzed, FishPapa said that his most favorite fall recipe was Minestrone. (I knew he would say that.) Traditionally, my Minestrone bubbles […]

Tortilla Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pantry Inspiration)

Tortilla Soup

I’ve actually been quite surprised at some of the fun meals and snacks that have come from the pantry, fridge, and freezer. There has been some fails, like the absolutely gross tamale pie that I invented or the buttermilk scones that I made without buttermilk. But, there have been some truly yummy lunches and dinners […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup (2)

Chicken Noodle Soup is an easy and economical dish that everyone loves! Stir up a pot of chicken broth with tender egg noodles, chunks of chicken, and slivers of vegetables. Soup is good food! Our recent move has brought us just two miles from the ocean. Amazing what a climate change a few miles can […]

Irish Stew (URS: St Patrick’s Day Feasts)


One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, […]

California Chicken Gumbo for a Mob

Chicken Gumbo

Now, I didn’t really name this recipe, though I certainly could have. I know all about cooking for a mob in California. This recipe is actually adapted from A Feast of Soups, one of my very favorite cookbooks. If your family enjoys soups, then it is worth it to hunt down a copy of this […]

Home Ec 101: Soup from Leftovers


Soup is a wonderfully frugal, potentially delicious meal to serve your family. And it can successfully be made from leftovers. What a great way to exercise the “waste-not-want-not” mentality that will keep us all in the black these days. Now, don’t go thinking you’re gonna throw everything in a pot, Pippi Longstocking-style. There’s a method […]

Thursday Night Soup

soup night

This is a great recipe adapted from the book, A Feast of Soups. It is an all around fantastic cookbook, by the way. I received it as a bridal shower gift and it is a keeper, though it’s copyrighted 1982. Some of the ingredients and language in the book are a tad outdated. By the way, […]

Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)


I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s […]