• Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Chicken Pho Soup

    I have never attempted this soup before but now that I’ve made it, it’s on our dinner list. Spicy and comforting, this soup is full of flavor and yet clean and light. Nerdy Tips Every article I read on making pho suggests using Red Boat Fish Sauce. Charring the ginger and onions will give this soup an authentic flavor. Many people enjoy a splash of Sriracha in their pho. Nerdy Facts Pho is mainly served for breakfast in Vietnam. Pho was influenced by both French and Chinese cuisine. It made its first appearance in the late 1800s. Pho is pronounced “fuh”

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Beef and Barley Stew

    Warm, hearty and filling, this stew is the perfect comfort food in a bowl. Add dumplings (recipe below) and this becomes next level! I cook mine in the slow cooker.  Ingredients  2 lbs stew meat salt & pepper, flour 2 T olive oil 8 cups beef stock 2 cups water 1/2 cup celery, diced 1 onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 large potato, shredded 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup barley 2 onion soup mix packets Toss the cubes of stew meat in flour seasoned with heavy doses of salt and pepper. Sear the meat. Add onion, celery and garlic and sauté until brown and onions are tender. Add…

  • Lunch,  Recipe

    Minestrone Soup

    This soup is warm, comforting and packed with veggies! Hearty and wholesome it brings me back to the Tuscan countryside. Ingredients 2 T olive oil 2 T butter 1 medium onion, diced 8oz pancetta, diced 1 cup carrots, diced 1 cup celery, diced 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups kale, shredded 2 cups swiss chard, shredded 2 cups bok choy, shredded 12 cups beef stock 1 wedge parmesan reggiano with rind 4 cups ditalini pasta, cooked salt & pepper to taste Brown the pancetta and remove from the pot. Heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Place onions, carrots and celery in the pot…

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Vianne’s Potato & Lardon Soup

    Rich and filling, this soup will comfort the soul and it’s also pretty enough for serving company during cool weather. It’s also vegetarian friendly. For potato without lardon soup, just substitute the bacon grease with olive oil and use a vegetable stock.  Ingredients 1 lb bacon, sliced 1 cup celery, diced 2 leeks, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2.5 lbs potatoes, cubed 4-6 cups chicken stock 1 tsp white pepper 2 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp onion powder 2 tsp chicken bouillon 3 Tbsp butter 1/4 cup flour 1 cup heavy cream 2 tsp dried tarragon 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped green onions, sliced cheddar, shredded I made this in…