Slightly chunky gazpacho


It’s the time of year people are enjoying the bounties of their gardens, or in my case, the bounty of friends’ gardens. When I get lucky enough to score fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, I make gazpacho. Whether the produce comes from your backyard, your friend’s backyard, a farmer’s market, or […]

White bean chicken chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

If you need to make extra meals to deliver to quarantined loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic or stock the freezer for an upcoming motorhome trip, white bean chicken chili is easy to make, healthy and delicious. It freezes well for quick meals on the road.  Feeding 8 or more people […]

Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Sausage Kale Soup

Sausage kale soup has a yummy combination of flavors. I make it in an Instant Pot. If you don’t have one, you can use a large soup pot. The potatoes may take longer to cook. In the weeks leading up to a motorhome trip, I prepare several dishes before we […]

Roasted asparagus and smoked salmon soup

Asparagus Smoked Salmon Soup

Asparagus smoked salmon soup makes a healthy and satisfying meal. The asparagus, roasted in the oven and pureed with a blender, gives this soup a velvety texture.  Once when I didn’t have quite enough asparagus, I supplemented a pound of asparagus with carrots and zucchini.  It was just as tasty […]

West African Peanut Soup with Shrimp

West African Peanut Soup with Shrimp

Peanut butter and shrimp lovers will enjoy this tomato-based West African soup. Once when it was my turn to host my book club, I looked for a recipe to set the tone for the novel set in Africa we would be discussing.  I came across a West African Peanut Soup recipe […]

Chicken Salsa Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I married into a family of fine cooks.  This recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek. She makes this soup without carefully measuring the ingredients and promises you can’t mess it up.  Use your favorite bottled salsa; that will be the predominant flavor.  For years, Pace Chipotle was my favorite. […]