celery

(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I always seem to catch colds at the most inconvenient times.

I know — getting sick is never really convenient.

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Green Detox Smoothie

Oh my goodness, it feels so good to be home.

My time in Europe these past few weeks was such a gift, and filled to the brim with so many wonderful memories with friends. But between the six-course meals each night on the Mediterranean cruise, paella in Spain, and pub food galore with friends all over England, I think it’s safe to say that I probably ate more carbs (and specifically, potatoes!) in the past month than ever before!

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Minestrone Soup

When I was a kid, our extended family used to love meeting up for big dinners regularly at our neighborhood Italian restaurant, DeFazio’s. Everyone would order these huge steaming plates of delicious pastas, salads, sides and more. And Yours Truly would order…”plain spaghetti”. Oh yes. I was the token picky eater in the family. And no thank you, I didĀ not want to “just try it”. ;)

Luckily, though, everyone at DeFazio’s always received a steaming bowl of minestrone soup as an appetizer. And over the years, I began to grow more and more fond of this yummy pasta soup, even though I would have had a small heart attack at age 10 if anyone had told me that there was zucchini snuck in there!

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Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew

Last week when I asked ourĀ GSO Facebook followers what recipes you all would like to see on the blog this fall, two top requests quickly emerged: vegetarian recipes and slow cooker recipes.

So your wish is my command — I made you some Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew!

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Lobster Bisque

Today I made one of my favorites for a special treat — classic lobster bisque.

I have a long list of restaurants I whose lobster bisques I adore, but for some reason I had never before tried making it at home. (Somehow lobster tails don’t seem to make it into my budget too often!) But my recent discovery of a bag of frozen chopped lobster meat from Trader Joe’s inspired me to give it a try. And I’m pretty sure now that this soup may make it into “the rotation” (as my friend Christin calls it) of favorites from now on.

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Roasted Butternut, Sausage & Fennel Stuffing

(Before I begin, would love to invite you to head over to the Holiday Recipe Exchange to vote for my vanilla chai cupcakes! It only takes about 5 seconds to vote — just scroll down, and I’m #9. Would love to win the vanilla gift basket and have more yummy vanilla recipes to share with you! Thank you so much!!)

Allow me to introduce to you…the best stuffing recipe ever!!! Well, at least it’s the best stuffing recipe I’ve had in all my 27 years of life. :)

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Summer Squash & Corn Chowder

Mmmmm…I love this time of year. We’re caught in between of two of my favorite seasons, and it’s glorious. Some days are filled with sun and heat in the 80′s, but then days with cool breezes and occasional autumn thunderstorms are sure to follow. And then more sun. And then more rain. And back again. :) Ah…I love the Midwest.

So to celebrate this fun dance between seasons, wanted to introduce this delicious summer squash and corn chowder. I absolutely love this one. The fresh summer squash and (two types of) corn anchor the soup with their delicious, mild, and sweet flavors. And then the bacon, green onion, and cheddar mixed in balance the soup out perfectly.

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Basil, Chicken & Orzo Soup

Any of my friends, family, or coworkers will tell you that I’m kind of a ridiculous fan of soup. Love it. Love ordering it at restaurants. Love making it at home. Love cozying up with a warm bowl in the cold of winter. And alas…even on brutally hot summer days like we’ve had this past week (when the rest of the world is dining on popsicles), I can be found in the kitchen….making soup. :)

(And then I have a popsicle for dessert!!)

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