This was my first time making a cold soup. I’m not gonna lie, cold soup used to scare me a bit. It just didn’t seem right, soup is supposed to be hot! But, I am a mature adult and can admit when I am wrong, and boy was I wrong about cold soup. I love it! So perfect in the summer, especially during a heat wave. And this one is super healthy. It was my post labor day (aka post 3 day drinking binge) detox meal, and I loved every bite. The pioneer woman is my hero, I just love everything about her, especially her recipes. I want to move to Oklahoma and eat Gazpacho with her while petting her adorable Bassett hounds. Who knew cold soup could have such an effect on me?! Continue reading »
So, the morning after the Bachelorette premiere I woke up with a sore throat and it’s gone downhill ever since. I hate being sick! I’m thinking the cause of my illness was all those terrible suitors they picked for poor Emily. I mean really, it was pretty bad. This doesn’t mean I will stop watching. Come on now, we all know the worst TV is the best TV. Anyway, enough about my shallow and unintelligent entertainment choices, let’s talk about the magical healing powers of soup. I think I’ve talked about this before but it really is miraculous how much better a good bowl of homemade soup can make you feel when you are sick. Especially a bon appetit soup recipe! I finally used my stack of bon appetit magazines for something other than a coffee table decoration. This soup is super delicious and very filling. It’s the perfect treatment if you are unfortunate enough to catch a springtime cold.
Remember months ago when I started talking about eating healthy so I didn’t have to wear a muumuu during my trip to Hawaii in April? Well, that all kinda went out the window. I just can’t say no to a french fry – or cheese – oh cheese, how I love thee. But now that my Hawaii trip is just around the corner, it’s time to get serious. No more talkin the talk, it’s time to walk the walk! I found this great book called “The Gorgeously Green Diet” It claims to make me not only thin but also beautiful as a result of all the antioxidants. Worth a shot right? So apparently this chili will make you skinny and beautiful. What more could you want from a chili? I haven’t noticed any long term results yet, but I can tell you that it is very tasty and satisfying and easy to make too. Go for it! Continue reading »
I’m back! I’d like to say I haven’t posted in almost a week because I’ve been busy doing something really important like volunteering at an animal shelter or cleaning up the local beaches but really I’ve just been watching a lot of television and movies and being lazy. I did watch a few classics this past week in honor of Oscar season. Have you seen Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand? I absolutely loved it, and can’t believe I went 28 years without seeing that movie. While I ate this chili, I watched Fatal Attraction – luckily not during the scene with the rabbit. That movie is creepy! Luckily the chili made me feel safe and warm. This is very different from classic meat lovers chili but very delicious. The fun thing about chili is you can jazz it up with whatver toppings you like. I went for a mexican theme with my toppings but feel free to top yours with whatever suits your fancy. Continue reading »
I have an embarrassing confession to make. As a lawyer and a blogger, I really should be more educated on the subject, but I have no idea what SOPA and PIPA are about. I only know enough to be concerned that everyone is going to hate my little puppy now because her name is Pippa. But seriously, how cute is my little Pippa?
Enough about laws, politics and canines. Let’s talk about important things, like soup! There really is something magical about soup, and the best part about this one is that it’s a skinny soup packed with nutrients. Do you know how good Kale is for you? It is a serious super food. I just learned this recently. Again, being “in the know” is clearly not my thing. I like to pretend I live under a rock sometimes. When Wikipedia isn’t blacked out anymore go read about how good Kale is for you, and then go make this soup! Continue reading »
I was a little slow to jump on the “It’s January so I must eat healthy” bandwagon. But I guess that’s what happens when you plan a trip to Las Vegas the weekend after the New Year. I think I ate more red meat this past weekend then I do in an average month. I actually went to a restaurant called The Heart Attack Grill. What is wrong with me?! I have a Hawaii trip coming up this Spring! I need to get my ass in gear! But, on a side note, if you are ever in Las Vegas you should really check out The Heart Attack Grill. It’s a pretty awesome experience. I only ordered a single, I swear!! I will try and make up for it this week with lots of salmon and green things. Oh, and hours of sweaty fun playing Just Dance 2 on the Wii. So Fun! I’m a dork. I know. Shut up and go make this soup. Continue reading »
Lately it has been dropping below 40 degrees in sunny Southern California and that is not okay. Anything below 65 degrees is considered freezing to me, and I currently have the thermostat set to 72 degrees which has resulted in a large increase in my gas and electric bill and a large decrease in my monthly shopping money – no fun. I need to start finding more economical ways to stay warm. Sweaters are good, as are slippers, but unfortunately every time I get a new pair of slippers one of my little dirtballs chews them up within 48 hours. So, I’ve decided to implement “Operation Socks & Soup”. Soup really does warm you up, especially this one because its Spicy (at least by my sensitive taste bud standards). I had to take my fleece off while eating it because it made me so warm! Yay soup!
It’s day 4 of the health cleanse and I’ve already lost 3.5 pounds! And it really hasn’t been that bad considering I get to eat delicious soups like this one. I don’t know how I didn’t discovery Barefoot Contessa earlier. I’ve been watching Giada and Rachel Ray for years but for some reason never thought to watch Barefoot Contessa. Boy was I missing out. Everything she cooks is beautiful and decadent. I had to take the decadent out of this soup by leaving out the butter and reducing the amount of half & half but I’m sure its even more delicious if you include these. In other news, I haven’t turned orange yet despite all the pumpkin and butternut squash recipes, maybe I need to try harder? Continue reading »
I had no idea what Ribollita was until I stumbled upon this recipe and tried it out. I assumed it was Italian for Delicious but a quick internet research session led me to discover it is a traditional Tuscan soup made to use up leftover bread that’s too hard to eat. Whatever it is, I loved it, and the best thing about it is, it’s actually pretty healthy but definitely not lacking in flavor. Even though there’s a bunch of bread in the soup itself, I recommend serving it with more bread (I went with garlic bread). If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love carbs and would rather saw off one of my own limbs than go on a low carb diet. I also tend to stay away from people who limit their carb intake as I don’t trust them – except for my best friend Sherie but that’s only because she says beer doesn’t count as a carb.