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Oktoberfest Stew with Potatoes and Kielbasa

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Oktoberfest Stew (Gluten Free Option)

When I make soup, I really go for it.

In our house, it’s only my husband and I, but it’s no matter. I make HUGE portions of soup at a time. It’s the kind of thing where when you’re making one of my soup recipes, and you start to wonder, “How many people is she feeding? Does she have 10 kids? Am I going to be eating this for a month? Is my pot going to hold all these vegetables?” You may even start to doubt my sanity.

Why make soup if you’re not making a giant batch? I can’t see a reason to make single-serving soups or stews. They’re economical, easily frozen for eating later, great for sharing and taking to work for lunch. Most importantly it’s just as easy to make a giant pot as it is to make a little bit.

Oktoberfest is upon us, and I can only imagine the amount of beer that has been consumed during this favorite of German celebrations. As if you needed another way to consume even more beer, it is fabulous when paired with cabbage, smoky meat and potato. While this was cooking, our house smelled like everything good from the Oktoberfest festival, minus the funky smells of thousands of frat boys andĀ fraulein packed into a drinking tent.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s Friday night. What’s a young, 20-something newlywed couple to do?

Stay at home, open a bottle of wine and watch Duck Dynasty?

Why yes, that’s what we do.

What’s Duck Dynasty, you ask? Oh, it’s fine television programming. Google it. You won’t be disappointed.

Maybe it’s the wine talking…

Either way, it seemed like a great idea to sit down and figure out a recipe using a neglected can of pumpkin that’s been sitting in the cabinet for a while. That’s what you do this time of year, right? Recipes featuring pumpkin seem to be everywhere you look. I have nothing against pumpkin, but if I see one more recipe for standard pumpkin pie, I might just scream. Or open another bottle of wine and watch more Duck Dynasty. Read More »

Apple Cranberry Muffins

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When life gives you 30 pounds of apples, you…

…think of all the apple dishes you can and get to baking, cooking and eating.

My friend Dr. Rob was in town this weekend, and he picked gobs of apples off of his parents’ apple trees. That’s how I came into the apple treasure trove of the century.

I now have big plans for these little beauties. In fact, I feel like since I’ve inherited them, my whole life has revolved around them. See, you can’t just have 30 pounds of apples sitting on your counter and ignore them. No, I will not waste, thee, apples. Read More »

Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup with Spinach

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I’m currently watching the Vice Presidential debate.

Clearly, I need comfort.

Or maybe a shot of whiskey. Perhaps some online shopping. At this point, I’ll take what I can get.

Whiskey and shopping aside, certain foods have the ability to take the edge off. For me, it’s the foods my mom made for us as a kid, a plate of pasta or this, a big bowl of warm, savory soup.

Lucky for me, Washington State is made for soup weather. Our months of gray cloudiness have started. It’s dark when I wake up, and well on its way to darkness when I get home from work.

The fall and winter are really the best seasons for soup not only because of the weather, but because of the produce that’s in season. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, kale and chard are plentiful. Let me tell you something, folks, these are the best building blocks for amazing soups. Read More »

Zucchini Ribbon, Cherry Tomato and Corn Pappardelle

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It’s Labor Day, the last hurrah of summer.

We’re spending the day in town. Casey’s getting ready for school to start this week — his first year of teaching. It’s exciting for both of us, and we’re glad this new chapter of our lives is starting. I have the day off of work, and I’m doing a bit of cooking and cleaning, and then we’re headed to a barbeque at my parents’ house.

Each morning feels more like fall. The air is crisp, and we’re no longer leaving the windows open 24/7. My cooking is starting to change, too. I’m starting to crave soups and comfort food, and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes this year.

There’s still time for a few more summery recipes, and this is one of them. A pasta dish that celebrates the best produce of summer, without complicating it too much. It’s also light, yet filling, and easily made vegan if you need to. Read More »