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Egg Drop Soup

Guesswhatguesswhat? Today we are revisiting my favorite recipe for my favorite soup of all time — egg drop soup!

Yes, we are “revisiting” the recipe because I decided it was time to give it a little photo makeover. As often tends to be the case with food bloggers, I posted some of my longtime favorite recipes in the first year that I started blogging. And while the food was delicious, the photos were often a little less than “appetizing”. And the dark and orange-looking egg drop soup photo happened to fall into that category. I was reminded of this when I made a batch of egg drop soup this weekend and popped it on Instagram, and then had to look up the recipe when people started asking for the link (and kind of didn’t want to send it out). So I took it as an excuse to make a second batch of egg drop soup to enjoy in one weekend and do a quick photo shoot with the second batch. We call that win-win, folks.

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Easy Pepper Steak

This Easy Pepper Steak recipe can be ready to go in 30 minutes, and is full of the great Chinese pepper steak flavors we all love!

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Honey Sesame Shrimp & Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

Oh my goodness. I think the reality of planning 2 back-to-back trips before leaving the country for 3+ weeks is finally settling in.

It is only the beginning of the week, and I have already pulled two ridiculously late nighters and have been buzzing around a million miles an hour during the days trying to check things off my to-do lists. No complaints — it has already been a wonderful autumn and I’m completely excited about what’s ahead these next two months. But I’ve come to accept that spare time and sleep are definitely going to be a little limited right now, so I’m trying to soak of moments of joy and relaxation whenever they can be found!

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Butternut Squash, Bacon & Blue Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Two weeks ago when I was craving some mac and cheese, I could not decide whether to make a batch with pumpkin or butternut squash. Or whether to bake it or go straight from the stovetop. Oh, the tough decisions of life…

That day, I ended up deciding to go with this baked pumpkin macaroni, which was fabulous. But a few days later, the extra butternut squash that I had pureed after making these cupcakes was calling my name. So, because I’m an adult…and because I can….I decided to proudly make a second batch of mac and cheese in one week. Judge away.

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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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Baby Bok Choy With Cashews

Baby Bok Choy With Cashews {Gimme Some Oven}

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I’ve mentioned on here before about what an embarrassingly picky eater I was as a kid. But even though I completely avoided salads until I was in high school (true story), I have always had a love for bok choy! Was introduced to it as a kid in my local Chinese restaurant’s unique bok choy egg drop soup. But have since grown to especially love it salads, stir-frys, or even on the grill!

One of my all-time favorite ways to prepare it is in this simple recipe for “baby bok choy with cashews”. It really only takes a few minutes to prepare, but is packed with tons of delicious flavor from the greens, ginger, sesame and toasted cashews. Perfect for a simple side dish to go with grilled meat or fish, or whatever you may be having…

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No-Bake Summer Vegetable Lasagna

No-Bake Summer Vegetable Lasagna {Gimme Some Oven}

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We’ve had mixed results with our garden this year. Thanks to a few weeks of some blazing summer heat (which scorched a few plants), and one of our trees that randomly decided to grow like crazy directly over the garden (blocking the sun over a third of the bed)…we didn’t get quite the harvest we expected. But we definitely had tremendous success in one area — tomatoes!

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Basil, Chicken & Orzo Soup

Basil, Chicken & Orzo Soup {Gimme Some Oven}

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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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