Soup, Stew, and Chili

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese

December 29, 2010

Asparagus are one of my favorite vegetables. I eat them in exactly two ways: roasted simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper or cold, tossed with lemon juice and goat cheese. When it gets cold, we seem to indulge in heartier, unhealthier comfort foods by habit. Creamy soups, butter-laden pastas, and meaty chilis. What I [...]

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DIY: Homemade Chicken/Turkey Stock

November 30, 2010

The worst thing about making chicken pot pie is de-meating the rotisserie chicken. It just might be the worst cooking-related task ever. I hate it more than I hate unloading the dishwasher. And that’s really saying something. The best thing about making chicken pot pie is the chicken pot pie. (Duh.) The second best thing? [...]

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Beef (or Turkey) Chili

March 2, 2010
Shannon\'s Chili

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Texans! Or “Frito Pie and Shiner Day,” however you see fit to celebrate. Jason and I have our ideas about what good chili is – and is supposed to be. Me – ridiculously spicy with no beans or ground beef (cubed beef cuts only). Jason – no beans, thick [...]

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

December 20, 2009
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s something about cold weather that makes me want a warm, full belly and food that I can eat with a spoon our sip from a mug. Hot chocolate, chicken pot pie, chili, and mashed potatoes go into heavy rotation when the temperature dips below 55. And so does soup. I can be wide awake [...]

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Spicy Beef Udon, a la Benjy’s

December 13, 2009
Spicy Beef Udon

Neither of us had much exposure to Asian/Asian-inspired cuisine growing up. I’d make the easy stuff (fried rice, pot stickers, some sushi, Mongolian beef) but I leave the “real stuff” to the pros. I pretty much cower at the thought of making most of the dishes at home – especially those recipes that are peppered [...]

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Homemade Tomato Soup

January 28, 2009
Classic Tomato Soup

Honey, I’m siiiiiiick. It’s the only warning shot that my husband gets before it all breaks loose. It seems the stereotype is that grown men make the worst patients. I’m a terrible patient. I sniffle, I whine, I cough, I whine, and I build a miniature version of Mt. Rushmore out of balled-up Kleenexes. And [...]

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Butternut Squash Soup

October 17, 2008

I don’t really like to shop, but I do like to impulse buy. And it usually gets me in trouble. I’m the person who goes into HEB with two items on my list and I leave with those two items. Plus 8 more. And half of those are usually last-minute additions from the magazine rack. [...]

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Texas Chicken Tortilla Soup

December 3, 2007
Texas Tortilla Soup

I love mornings like the one today. My feet hit the surprisingly chilly floor next to the bed and I immediately begin stumbling blurry-eyed to my office to check the temperature outside. 45 degrees?! Holy cow, it’s winter!! Before you roll your eyes and think, “45 degrees?! I mow the lawn in shorts in 45 [...]

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