Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup

As the weather gets colder there is nothing better than a warming bowl of hot soup! I like to make a big pot of soup for supper at the beginning of the week. Then you can easily warm some up the next day for lunch, or even for dinner again. Hearty vegetable soup is really so easy to make that a recipe is hardly needed. It can change depending on what you happen to have on hand. For this vegetable soup I started by looking to see what I had in the refrigerator.…
Easy Creamy Caulifower Dip

Easy Creamy Caulifower Dip

I was looking for an appetizer to serve my family while we are all in the kitchen cooking on Thanksgiving day. I wanted something we can snack on while we work up an appetite with all of the savory smells drifting around us. Cheese and crackers are nice, but I was in search of something that wouldn't fill us up before the big meal and that would also be healthy. Then I happened upon this recipe in Epicurious that fit the bill perfectly. It is basically all vegetables which was exactly what I…
Savory Baked Ratatouille

Savory Baked Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a delicious baked vegetable dish that originated in Provence. It consists primarily of eggplant, onions, tomatoes and zucchini, and is often served as a "stew like" dish. Julia Child created a version that used a method of evenly layering the thinly sliced ingredients in a circular pattern. This resulted in a beautiful and colorful presentation. I decided to try a version of this for my Ratatouille, using as many colorful peppers and tomatoes as I could find at the market. First gather your ingredients Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant thinly sliced 1…
We Moved into the Hamptons Cottage at Last

We Moved into the Hamptons Cottage at Last

This week we finally moved into our newly "rebuilt" house in the Hamptons. It's been a long year without it, so I was pretty excited. The really nice part is that it has still retained the charming feel of the old cottage. Although it is much more spacious and has modern appliances & closets and a hand built artisan quality about it. The difficult part was unpacking the many boxes, but once we got through that tedious job, the fun part began. I had been decorating the house in my mind all year long…
Ricotta Pumpkin Pancakes

Ricotta Pumpkin Pancakes

These are the perfect pancakes to serve for breakfast during the holiday season. They have a cinnamon pumpkin flavor and the ricotta makes them moist and delicious. My original pancake recipe has ricotta & lemon zest in them which gives them a bit of a cheesecake taste. My kids have always loved them. So recently I tried this version with pureed pumpkin added for the holidays and they have been a big hit too! The secret to keeping them light is separating the eggs and folding in the whipped egg whites. Ingredients: (this…
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