Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

This is an oldie but goodie recipe that I’ve revised. If you’re a mushroom lover, you’ll love this Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup. If you’re not, this may not be the soup for you, or it might be the soup to make you convert. It’s packed with bold wild mushroom flavor. This recipe uses a combination of fresh mushrooms and dried ones, including fresh chanterelles and dried porcinis. These mushrooms can run a bit on the pricey side so you can use button mushrooms in lieu of either one. It’s the perfect easy, comfort soup.

Fiesta Black Bean Quinoa Roll-Up Tacos

Fiesta Roll Up Tacos

Fiesta Black Bean Quinoa Roll-Up Tacos make a simple weeknight meal for the whole family.

I tried this dish out for one of my cooking classes and it was a hit. I needed something healthy, plant-based, and popular with the kids.

This yummy dish is simple and naturally delicious. I cut down on the fat that traditional tacos typically have by swapping ground beef for a spicy black bean quinoa mixture.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I adore pizza. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I’m used to a thin crust. But it’s actually pretty hard to find good thin crust pizza, even here in foodie-friendly San Francisco.  Although this recipe is not a traditional thin crust pizza, it is a thin, cheesy cauliflower crust pizza. And it’s delicious.

Guacamole Wonton Cups

Guacamole Wonton Cups

The Guacamole Wonton Cups are a real crowd pleaser and perfect for when you’re having company over. They are simple to make, feature fresh ingredients, and they are quite elegant looking. They don’t contain meat, dairy or gluten (if you use gluten-free wrappers) so they’ll satisfy even the pickiest eaters. I made these little guys for Superbowl Sunday and they were a big hit.

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively inexpensive, filling and easy to prepare.

Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque

Parsnip & Sweet Potato Bisque

I know what you’re thinking … parsnips, how exciting. But really, this Parsnip and Sweet Potato Bisque is fabulous. We’ll get to that. First, I have a GIVEAWAY I’d like to announce! Woohoo!

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Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Pumpkin Soup represents everything that is wonderful about fall – hot soup, apples, nutmeg, cloves, the color orange, and of course pumpkin. It was during a recent visit back to New Jersey and New York City that I was inspired to make a wholesome and comforting fall soup to complement the lovely season.

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa is one of my favorite toppings for grilled seafood and grilled veggies on hot summer days. It is a sweeter-style salsa so it compliments bitter foods well including slightly charred and grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Plus, the nice thing about a watermelon is it’s very versatile so you can use it to make this salsa, maybe a Fresh Watermelon Cooler, or even throw it in a salad or quinoa bowl.

The two star ingredients in the Spicy Watermelon Salsa are the spicy Padrón pepper and mint. The pepper adds a nice punch and the mint gives it complexity and pairs so well with sweet watermelon making this salsa easy to love.