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Broccoli Farro Soup

Everyone needs a good recipe that they can make with five fresh ingredients or less. I have a few up my sleeve that I’ve never really bothered to record as I throw them together, enjoy, and don’t think much about it otherwise. A very dear friend of mine, and one of my favorite humans ever, Catherine, recently reached out and asked if I could send her my Broccoli Farro Soup Recipe. (Catherine is just getting into cooking and has challenged herself to cooking one new recipe every week- I’m so proud) Upon asking me, it took me a few moments to recall exactly what recipe she was referring to. Catherine and I used to live together in our younger years- you all know what years are in reference here: that time in one’s life where you don’t have much money, and fresh ingredients aren’t always your first priority when it comes to your food choices. This recipe was a go to considering it didn’t take much, and made us feel infinitely healthier than the 12-pack of Maruchan Chicken Flavored Ramen for $3.00 we depended on.

 

Here it is, guys. A healthy soup using only 5 FRESH ingredients and a few extra bits that everyone should have in their pantry. This ones for you, Cat.

 

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Nutella & Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

December is a month full of family, friends, and loved ones alike. It’s a great time for looking back at the year passed to reflect on all accomplishments and triumphs, and focus on changes you would like to make in the year to come… to continue practicing the gratuitude brought on by Thanksgiving, and show your love to those that you truly care about. But above all other things- December is for sweets: Cookies, cakes, candy, sugar, sugar, and more sugar.

Servings: 3-4 Dozen Cookies, depending on how you scoop them

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Pate Sucree

Pate Sucree(sweet crust pastry, or sugar paste) is used in many confections- my particular fave would be tarts. Being my go-to dough, not only is it easy, but it’s subtly sweet flavor is what I believe to be the perfect dessert.

Servings: 1 Large Tart or 2 Small Tarts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

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Mixed Berry Tart

I hate seeing food go to waste… especially when there are berries involved. The second I see my fruit taking a turn for the worst I seal them in an air tight bag, date them, and store them in the freezer. You never know when frozen berries will come in handy. During a routine refreigerator raid in an effort to clear out some left overs I found myself with extra Pate Sucree from Thanksgiving confections. That’s when I decided it was time to break out the frozen berries. Yesterday I married some frozen bluberries and a pack of what I remeber to be the most delicious raspberries I enjoyed all summer… the result was delightful.

Servings: 1 mini Tart

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles with Fleur de sel

Preparing for Thanksgiving is both a physical and mental feat.  There is a lot that falls in between going head-to-head in cart wars at the grocery store and the dreaded clean-up of a feast for the masses. First you will need to lay out a meal plan and hope that it suits the tastes of everyone joining… then hours of prepping, only to realize at least once, but usually twice or more, that you need to revisit the supermarket… finding room for of all the ingredients needed to prepare the typical 1300-calorie per person meal… all while trying to keep up the holiday spirit and not lose your mind.

There’s a whole array of Holiday treats that are essential for a Thanksgiving meal- but I believe COOKIES to be essential for Thanksgiving sanity. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite types of cookies… stuff them with caramel, add some sea salt to your mix of cinnamon and sugar, and you’re sure to have a breath of sweet relief from the day’s stress with each bite you take.

Yield: 4 Dozen small cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

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Chipotle Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

SOUP SEASON!!! There’s nothing like it-  Cozying up with a comfortable blanket, binge watching your favorite series, all while enjoying a warm bowl of whatever soup you conjured up that evening. It’s by far my favorite time of year. I much prefer the remedies of cold weather to those of warmer temperatures. Today I was really fancying a creamy cup of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. I can never get enough Broccoli… and when you have the added element of cheese, which makes any dish better already, you really can’t go wrong. I decided to spice things up with a little Chipotle and Paprika for an extra kick.

Servings: 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

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Grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken Caeser Salad… and hold the Anchovies

A good Caeser Salad can really hit the spot, and it’s all in the dressing. I tend to be a bit squeamish when it comes to Anchovies. If I don’t have to see them being incorporated into the dish it’s one thing- but when it’s homemade you aren’t really left with much room for the element of surprise. I’ve made it a point to recreate the recipe, leaving the slipperly school of fish out, that even Caeser Cardini himself would enjoy. To top it off, it takes only a matter of moments. Give it a try…

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

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Tuna Salad for Two

Ritz Crackers, Rice Cakes, on a French Roll, over a salad, in a lettuce cup… there are so many ways to enjoy Tuna. My favorite way to enjoy it is with Henry as it’s his very favorite snack. The second that the opener punctures the can, Henry comes running from where ever he is in the house because he knows its a matter of momets before he gets in on the protein packed snack.

Now, I’m not usually one to brag… but I’ve been told the tuna salad that I prepare is among the best many have had.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

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Corn & Leek Chowder with Crispy Pancetta

Now that it’s officially fall, and soup season is finally among us, we can really start having some fun in the kitchen. Though it’s still a bit warm, it’s certainly not too early for some of those delightful bowls of warmth. I don’t know about you, but there are very few soups that I don’t fancy- especially when they’re homemade. Corn Chowder will always be a favorite of mine. The sweet corn, paired with a spot of cream, a bit of cheese, and whatever else you decide to stew with the two are not only perfectly filling, but are completely satisfying to the taste buds.

Servings: 8-10

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

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Creamy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy a good Mac and Cheese? With a couple thousand variations of the recipe itself, I have a hard time believing such a person exists. There is a Mac and Cheese for everyone’s heart, and every one of those people claims to have the best one. Being a lover of all Mac and Cheese, I’m claiming no such thing.

With it still being summer I thought it would be best to share a healthier alternative of the all comforting bowl of soul we love so much. With half the amount of dairy, and the addition of what some would like to keep as a secret ingredient- there’s no doubt your guests will be begging for the recipe.

 

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

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