Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage


We needed something quick and easy to make with our Italian sausage. I love sausage but get tired of peppers and onions or pasta sauce with Italian sausage. I ended up making a loaf of herbed bread in the bread maker and thought that soup would be perfect to go with it. Verdict:  This was…

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana II


This is a throwback Sunday recipe. I went back into my earlier blog posts and looked for something I hadn’t made in awhile to see how the recipe held up. Do I make it differently now, and have the ingredients changed for us? Like I encourage you to do I make these dishes according to…

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


Last weekend while we were in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my daughter ordered tomato soup and grilled cheese. She mentioned how I never make tomato soup. She could not remember the last time I made it so I decided it was time to make some again. When I pulled up my Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque recipe…

Swiss Potato Soup


Yesterday I shared a recipe for Zopf bread (Swiss braided bread – click for link to recipe). When we make bread the first thing we want to make to go with it is soup! Hot fresh bread dipped in a creamy soup is pure heaven. So, we went with the Swiss theme and made Swiss…

Bratwurst and Beer Cheese Chowder


As I plan my menus for the month I try to take into consideration what we have going each day and what ingredients I will have leftover to make into other dishes. Or I also look at when I have extra time the day before to do prep for the next day’s meals when possible….

Meatball Ravioli Soup (aka Stone Soup)


Both of my children loved the story “Stone Soup” when they were little. It is a story about making the most delicious soup from nothing more than water and a stone.  The man convinces everyone in the town to bring whatever they have to add to the soup and in the end he ends up…

Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup and a Thank you


Thank you to all of you for the kind words and thoughts yesterday on my post President Trump (click for link to post). Last night the chin came up and the resolve kicked in. I don’t like it, I will work to change it. That is what I want from my kids. Resiliency. If you…

Super Simple Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


My kitchen is not magic. Food does not just appear at dinner time when everyone is ready to eat. Lately, it has been tough to get everything together. This new back-to-school schedule is kicking my butt. This is the first full week with everything, except community orchestra for my son. We have slowly been adding…

11 Casseroles and Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Nights


It’s back to school time all over the country. That means fall and busy schedules are heading our way! The best way I have found to have dinner as a family on busy nights is to plan ahead. Knowing when we have late meetings or lessons I know whether I need to have the meal…

Roasted Garlic and Potato Slow Cooker Soup


This was one of those days that we needed to have dinner available at several different times for everyone. You know I love my slow cooker for nights like this. Everyone can serve themselves and with a green side salad and a slice of bread this was a meal that was perfect for nights like…

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale


I saved this recipe for Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale (click for link to original recipe) from the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine magazine .  I rarely make anything from this magazine although it is one of my favorites to read.  I always thought the recipes sounded too difficult for a home-cook like myself. Every…

Slow Cooker Fish Chowder


We need things that are quick, easy and will hold up to staying warm for an extended period of time on dance class nights. The first shift of meals may be anywhere from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and the last at 9:00 pm. Simple meals in the slow cooker are what I have found work…