• Chicken,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Recipes,  Soup

    Chicken & Lemon Stew

    At this time of year there’s still some uncertainty in the weather, lots of warm days hint of Spring, but the nights can be chilly and some days you need warm socks and a jacket. This stew is the last one I make each year, it’s fresh and light, and chock full of vibrant flavors – cumin, turmeric, dried red chiles, olives and lots of lemon. While this stew is great for a family dinner, it’s also special enough to serve for a cozy dinner with friends. Don’t be scared away from the long recipe – it’s very simple actually. I also included some technique notes that hopefully will add…

  • Chicken,  Love your leftovers,  Recipes,  Soup

    Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

    As soon as the weather turns colder I find myself throwing a big bag of yellow onions and a package of carrots into my grocery cart. My instinctual need to make soup arrives along with fall, and this is the soup I return to again and again all winter. This is my chicken soup for the soul…therapeutic to make, to smell in the air and best of all to eat. A warm bowl of this soup, sprinkled with some freshly grated Parmesan, is simply what soup is supposed to be. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8-12 If you have never made homemade soup, or it’s just not…

  • Recipes,  Soup

    Roasted Vegetable Stock

    A great way to clean out your vegetable drawer. Not only will you get a big pot of delicious stock, your house will smell amazing! Roasted Veggie Stock Author: Kate Wagner Serves: depending on the size of your pot I am so excited to share this recipe with you – consider it a template to use up all the odds and ends in your veggie drawer. Between using up veggies to make stock and getting in the habit of making stock from leftover chicken carcasses – you will never have to buy stock again! Happy cooking! Ingredients 8 Carrots, unpeeled 5 Celery 2-3 Onions, peeled (only use 2 onions if…

  • Love your leftovers,  Recipes,  Soup

    Slow-Cooker Ham & White Bean Soup

    Soup is one of my favorite meals, and the perfect vehicle for leftover ham, chicken, you name it. I love making big batches to have on hand for quick lunches and easy dinners. And there’s always extra soup, so at least one pint container is stored in the freezer. Opening the freezer door and seeing all those delicious meal options never fails to put a smile on my face. Consider this recipe a basic template and let your imagination and your family’s favorite ingredients take it from there. Slow-Cooker Ham & White Bean Soup Author: Kate Wagner My starter recipe calls for onions, carrots and celery, consider trying shallots, fennel,…

  • Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes,  Soup,  Southern

    Black-Eyed Pea and Pork Chili

    This recipe was inspired by a chili article I read in Fine Cooking magazine. I have made sofrito for years, as a flavoring base in all types of soups, stews, braises and casseroles. But I have never ROASTED my sofrito as this article suggested, and WOW, it really intensified the flavors and made this delicious chili even better! One of the things I love about cooking – there is always a new skill, a new technique to learn and try. This is not a quick recipe, but on a cold weekend afternoon, I can’t think of anything more fun to do then make a big batch of this recipe. There…

  • Chicken,  Mexican,  Recipes,  Soup

    White Chicken Chili

    I LOVE white chicken chili! It has all the tasty, slightly spicy complexity of beef chili without all that heaviness and the stick to the ribs element. Like every other soup or chili this meal just gets better after a day or so in the fridge, and it freezes great. My version builds a complex yet healthy base from poblano chilis and onions sautéed along with lots of garlic, cumin and coriander. I utilize the Indian technique of “blooming” spices, which simply means adding spices to hot oil and letting the flavors intensify. I use this technique almost daily in cold weather – it is an invaluable tool in developing…