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Mama Steph’s simple, spicy (and good for you!) black-eyed pea soup

There is a tradition down here in the south of eating black-eyed peas on January 1st for “good luck.”  Practically everyone I know does it, and I do it, too, though I don’t really believe in luck.  🙂 It’s a good thing I like black-eyed peas. I like purple-hull peas from the garden even more,… Continue reading Mama Steph’s simple, spicy (and good for you!) black-eyed pea soup

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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup with Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Mangia, Mangia!)

Today’s post could not make me happier to share with you, from a foodie perspective. I love this combination for lunch; it’s true comfort food, stemming from my childhood with a mom who served this regularly. Such a happy food memory; simple and delicious. It’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.  I shared this… Continue reading Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup with Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Mangia, Mangia!)

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Mama’s “I’m In A Hurry, Don’t Judge Me” Turkey-Vegetable Soup

There are weeks when I can go to the produce department of my favorite grocery store or even the local farmers’ market, and I can choose the most perfect vegetables to bring home to cook with. I choose nice, plump heirloom tomatoes, perfect little red potatoes,  crisp green beans, sweet white corn, and so on.… Continue reading Mama’s “I’m In A Hurry, Don’t Judge Me” Turkey-Vegetable Soup

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Simple and Spicy Turkey-Taco Soup

You may remember some months ago I posted about how I grew up with a dad who, even in the heat of our northwest Florida summers, would sit in our hot little kitchen and eat a bowl of Campbell’s soup every single day at noon.  He’s almost 81 now, and I am sure he’s still… Continue reading Simple and Spicy Turkey-Taco Soup

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Today was a snow day.  This is a big deal because here in East Texas, we don’t get much snow like some of our friends do all winter. It’s extra special to us! It also made me want to cook all day long.  I had the family home all day, so I made sure to… Continue reading Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Curried lentil soup

“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.” ~Auguste Escoffier “An old-fashioned vegetable soup, without any enhancement, is a more powerful anticarcinogen than any known medicine.”~James Duke M.D. (U.S.D.A.) I love soup.  I was raised by a dad who,… Continue reading Curried lentil soup

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Mama Steph’s winter vegetable-ricotta pasta

On a rainy night, a warm one-pot pasta meal hits the spot. Our soup…it does, too! Here are some recipes for both, including a new recipe for winter vegetable-ricotta pasta!