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White Bean, Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Soup

8 Nov

White Bean, Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Soup

Leaves are on the ground, tights are on my legs (this is not Chris writing by the way…) and soup is on our stove top.  Fall is officially here. This is seriously my favorite season and because it sticks around for such a short time, everything fall-ish needs to be packed into a small window.  I am embracing all things fall into my wide, pumpkin-spice-loving embrace.  The second a crisp starts in the air, we break out our big stockpot and crock pot and soup the hell out them.  We have been testing out a few new ones in our rotation, ranging from creamy ones to a really quick Asian Chicken Noodle Soup (stay tuned for those…).

Soup is a great meal that can be made ahead and easily re-heated, which is great for those days that you come home late and have hungry mouths snapping at your heels (true story:  Ella and Chris are like raptors when they are hungry).  It’s also a great way to eat relatively healthy, packing the soups with loads of vegetables and experimenting with the spices in your cupboards.  I haven’t really mentioned the fact that Chris and I are watching our weight (a direct result of delicious craft beer and my undying love for sweets…), because we don’t want to bore you with our dieting details.  But we have learned that everything in  moderation is okay and when you can, focus on the seasoning and spices, because that can easily ramp up any bland dish.  This soup packs a ton of flavor and uses seasonal vegetables, making it a perfect fall dish.  Now I’m off to go sip on my pumpkin spice latte and wrap myself in a scarf.  Continue reading

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Lemon Risotto with Summer Vegetables

6 May

Lemon Risotto with Summer Vegetables

Chris and I split the cooking duties in our house. By “split” I really mean that I have Monday through Thursday and he has the weekend for cooking responsibilities.

I am definitely the efficient cook in our house, always planning out my meals for two weeks at a time.  Some may call me anal, I like to consider myself a “planner”. Right. An anal planner (I hope this doesn’t get any weird Google hits from that phrase).  After a full day of work, daycare pick-up and whatever bazillion household chores are waiting to greet me at the door, I really try to pick meals that are easy, tasty and don’t require much thinking. And that is where Chris and I differ (aside from about one and a half feet in height and amount of body hair – he has more, just for the record). He is the type of cook that “creates as he goes”, dirties every pot and is willing to put hours into a meal. And that is why he has weekend duties because I would have to resort to foraging for nuts and berries in our backyard on a Tuesday night while I wait for his creation to hit the table. With that said, he really makes some kick-ass, delicious meals. And this is one of them. The lemon flavor and the summer vegetables give this dish (which tends to usually be heavy), a nice fresh flavor. Continue reading

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