Tortellini Sausage Soup with Veggies

Tortellini Sausage Soup with Veggies

Nice with a glass of wine, a salad, and some crusty bread. Serves 6-8 Olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (I like red) 1 teaspoon marjoram 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional) 1-3 andouille or Italian sausage, sliced into disks, (optional) 1 bunch […]

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Roasted Yams or Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Cream

So simple but so tasty. Serves 3-4 2 large yams or sweet potatoes Olive oil Salt and pepper Chipotle cream Heat oven to 375 degrees Cut yams into thick slices crosswise, trimming off ends, so they can lay flat on a baking tray. Grease a baking tray. In a bowl, toss the sweet potato slices […]

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Astragalus, Astragalus membranaceus, Astragalus mongholicus

Astragalus is an adaptogenic, a term used to describe something that helps the body adjust and adapt to stressors. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. Astragalus is used for fatigue, immune support, respiratory and circulatory health, as a kidney tonic, and general restorative. The root is the medicinal part. You can […]

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The Herb Blurb – January 2021

I’m guessing very few of us will be sad to kiss 2020 goodbye. It was, by all measurements, a pretty awful year. It was also very revealing. We learned about the great divide in our country, the extent of our personal coping skills, and our ability to sacrifice. The importance of connection and our excess […]

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Shitake Mushroom & Winter Squash Risotto

Creamy, filling, and so satisfying. Stay close while cooking, you need to keep up on the stirring. 3 ½ – 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock Cooking oil 1-2 tbs. butter 1 medium delicata or small butternut squash – 1 1/2 cups of cubed or sliced pieces 1 small yellow onion, chopped, or ½ cup […]

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Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup

Winter is all about hearty soups and chowders. This is one of my favorites. Make extra and freeze. 1 small, peeled and seeded butternut squash 1-2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled 2 carrots 2 large parsnips, peeled 2 cups chopped kale 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled, cut if extra-large into medium pieces olive oil 1 lb. […]

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Immune Boosting Soup

This is my template for a soup I use throughout the cold and flu season. I always make enough to freeze and have on hand should maladies threaten. Also nice for recovery. 6-8 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1-2 tbs. olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 bulb garlic (at least 10 cloves), minced 1 1?2 […]

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The Herb Blurb – December 2020

Hoping to find you all safe and well as this crazy year winds up. Weird Thanksgiving this year with just my husband and I. Missed celebrating the annual feast with my large, rowdy family though he was ecstatic with the reduction in cleaning, dishwashing, and in-laws. He doesn’t share my enthusiasm for dance parties and […]

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Squash, Chorizo, and Sage Tart

This tart makes a great appetizer or main dish with a green salad. For an easy way to cook and cut squash see the end of the recipe. 1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted if frozen Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 butternut or delicata squash ½ lb. chorizo ground sausage 1 cup grated cheese, I […]

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Holiday Salad

I love it when the pomegranates and persimmons come into season. So beautiful and festive. Here is one of my favorite holiday salads. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, just use what you have, make it yours.I have also added roasted beets, pickled red onions, spiced nuts, broccoli or cauliflower florets, and […]

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Spiced Nuts

½ cup of sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tbs chili powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cayenne pepper large egg white 4 cups nuts of choice Preheat the oven to 300°. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or better yet parchment paper for super easy cleanup. In a bowl, whisk the sugar with […]

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