Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with garlic and a hint of sweetness.

What you want….. baby I got it. Ha!

Seriously though, doesn’t a hot, steamy bowl of creamy, hearty, savory (yet, slightly sweet) tomato soup just sound….. like YES?? I think Aretha would agree.

It is freezing in Minnesota right now and all I want to do is sit, snuggled up in my bed, with a stocking cap on, watching a good Hallmark movie, and eating something really comforting. And what is more comforting than tomato soup and grilled cheese?? It’s a total, throwback-to-childhood food that brings with it, all the comforts of a time when your mom would gently sweep your hair back so she could softly cup your winter-kissed-rosy-cheeks, right before dropping off a plate cheesy, tomatoey perfection in front of you. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Pureed Potato Bacon Soup with Caramelized Onion and Pear

Pureed potato bacon soup with caramelized onion and pear

It is mid-September in Minnesota and I can already feel the fall air beginning to creep in. Even though I love, love, love summer and I wait for it all year round, I have to admit, Minnesota fall is my spirit animal. I crave the crisp air, the painted leaves, the wool sweaters, the boots, the bonfires, and of course the foods like Grandma’s hotdish, hot creamy soup or spicy chili, and steaming mugs of fresh apple cider – all the hallmarks of this beautiful and beloved season in the midwest.

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3 Delicious Ways To Re-Use Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing

Sweet Delicata squash stuffed with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing, wild rice and Italian sausage

The turkey is picked to the bone. The pie plate has been all but licked clean. The dishes are drying one the rack and you are fully enjoying your stretchy pants and the well deserved afternoon snooze that always follows that delicious victory which is Thanksgiving dinner. You did it. You officially made it through the greatest food holiday of the year.

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Classic Tomato and Bean Chili

Classic Tomato and Bean Chili

I always look forward to that first incredible fall-like day in Minnesota when the temperature barely hits 55; when I see that first amber leaf high atop the maples lining our St. Paul street; when the smells of grilled meat have been replaced by the unmistakable smell of a cozy fire in the fireplace….and I hear my husband begging for a bowl of my chili.

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Pumpkin Kale and White Bean Chili

PumpkinKaleWhiteBeanChili-8-6First food post people!! Vanessa and I are super excited to get this blog going. Designing a space just for us to get creative with food and share our passion for connecting and building relationships through the sacred experience of breaking bread with others has been a vision of ours for quite some time. In this weekly blog you will find our stories, our experiences, our personalities, our joys and our passions. Every two weeks we will focus on a different dish or ingredient. One week you will get my take on that dish and one week you will get Vanessa’s take. What we hope you will find, as we have, is that one dish can have unlimited preparations and possibilities. The kitchen is a perfect place to experiment and find your “food personality.” There is so much room for interpretation and expression in food.

Now…onto the chili!!

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