Summer Love

Here’s a secret . . . ready? Here goes: I look forward to the changing seasons mostly because of the food. Am I weird? (most likely) Food obsessed? (definitely) Anyone else out there like me? (Food obsessed weirdos unite!)

Seriously, though . . . summer?! Can we talk about summer for a minute? I know it is technically still spring, but school’s out, it’s past Memorial Day, and it. is. hot. out. there! So, I’m declaring it to be “summer.” Plus, some of my favorite things are happening- we’ve been grilling, dining outside a lot, the sun has been shining into the evening hours, and cherries have appeared at the store. Yes, I know! CHERRIES!!!

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Southern Comfort

My husband and I have always had an affinity for the South. Our life plans include ending up in the South someday. (We’re slowly getting there…) I mean, what’s not to love? Warmer weather, kind and friendly people, a slower pace, and the food…oh, the food!

In culinary school my most loved class was American Regional Cuisine. It was a mix of history, which explained regional food ( very interesting), and cooking. So fun and so very delicious. Like, amazingly so. Of course, a highlight was Southern cuisine: fried chicken, greens, peanut soup, peach pie, red velvet cake, etc., etc. This was before I knew of my gluten issue, and I ate to my heart’s content. (Thank you, Jesus.)

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Hopes and Dreams for Spring

March has come in like a lion. The weather today makes me feel like I should be putting up Christmas decor instead of looking towards spring. But hey, on the positive side, I have a day off of work, and am not even going to think about having to make up this day when it is actually nice outside. Wait. . .I’m staying positive, right? I digress.

Another positive about this weather is it is still time for fill-up-your-belly-with-warmth-and-goodness food. Luckily for me, I had some leftover soup that I could quickly warm up for a delicious lunch.

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Warmth + Healing

I love the smell of onions + butter.  Like, love love. If I could bottle that smell, I would. To me it smells like comfort, deliciousness, and warmth. You just know with that smell wafting through the air, something wonderfully good is about to happen.

That was the case at our house tonight. I don’t know about where you live, but here – it is cold. Downright stupid frigid. In addition, my husband has been sick for days, and my oldest daughter has not been feeling well, either. We needed something warm and healing on the dinner table tonight.

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Souper Yum!

*This is an updated and improved version*

I belong in SA – Soupers Anonymous.  That’s right, I have a soup addiction; especially if you include stew and chili in that category.  Peace & happiness come all together, piping hot in a bowl with a soup spoon on the side.  I find almost as much comfort in throwing things together in a pot to love on each other as I do eating it.  You know the slogan, “Soup is good food”.  So true, so true.

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