Southwestern Tomato Soup
low-cost, soups, vegetarian

Southwestern Tomato Soup

A friend has surgery recently and was really craving a flavorful soup, but it had to be entirely pureed (cheese in the photo was my test bowl - cheese is optional.) At first, I was going to try to make something similar to my chicken tortilla soup, but I didn't have all of the ingredients.… Continue reading Southwestern Tomato Soup

Gnocchi bolognese
beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long story! Last week, we were at a restaurant that has some great short rib dishes. One of my friends ordered… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

Short Rib Ravioli
beef, main courses, pasta

Short Rib Ravioli

There is a new local restaurant in an area that desperately needs some good restaurants. One of their specials the first night I went was short rib ravioli, and it was amazing. I knew I needed to try to replicate it at home. I took a major shortcut and used sauce from Wegmans because I… Continue reading Short Rib Ravioli

lunch box, soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I've always been a huge fan of chicken tortilla soup. This recipe is really similar to the one I made before, but I like the new and improved version a lot better! I didn't have to troubleshoot this recipe at all for being too spicy or salty. This recipe makes a ton (6.75 quart dutch… Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup

Red wine onion soup
soups

Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

I made the first version of red wine onion soup about a year ago. My first attempt had too many onions (recipe I posted last year was adjusted for that), and it didn't have enough red wine. I needed to try again with a different ratio of wine to beef stock. I finally got the… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

main courses, sauces & seasonings

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

Pulled pork BBQ biscuit sliders
appetizers & snacks, main courses, pork

Pulled Pork BBQ Biscuit Sliders

  Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). Yesterday was a very cold day, and I wanted some comfort food. I didn't feel like chili, and I wanted another excuse to use my… Continue reading Pulled Pork BBQ Biscuit Sliders

beef, main courses

Braised Short Rib Risotto

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). When my mom was in town for Christmas last year, she ordered this braised short rib risotto when we were out for dinner one night. I tried… Continue reading Braised Short Rib Risotto

sides

Sausage & Apple Stuffing

I didn't host Thanksgiving this year, which is one of my favorite things. This was the first year in a really long time I haven't hosted, but I'm glad I was still able to make some contributions to dinner. (Thanks Annie & Dave for having me - I had a great time!) I brought stuffing… Continue reading Sausage & Apple Stuffing

lunch box, soups, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Curried Tomato Soup

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I've been a lot better about packing my lunch lately instead of going out. I get bored with sandwiches day after day, even if they're different… Continue reading Curried Tomato Soup