My New Year’s Resolution this year was one new recipe a week. I have a lot of cookbooks, and I often look through them as if they were novels, but I have a hard time following recipes. I always add a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Not that it is a bad thing, but I thought maybe I should try to follow some recipes as they are written this year 🙂
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Cold winter days really leave me craving comfort food. Now I know that it is the beginning of the year and I should be thinking of salads and raw vegetables to help balance out the extra food I ate over the holidays, but I am really in the mood for a sandwich!
I mentioned before that soup is great because it can be made with basically anything from your pantry. Well, this soup was supposed to be Minestrone but as I started gathering up all the ingredients, I realized that I was missing some key ingredients. I had no spinach, no pasta and no navy beans. So, as I rummaged around in the cupboard and freezer I grabbed some items and thought to myself, that I would make a mystery soup!
Well here is a surprise for everyone, this entry doesn’t include any bacon!
Now that the cooler weather is here, I find myself using my slow cooker more often. There is something so satisfying about coming home after a long day of work and smelling your dinner when you walk through the door. I also like to use it on the weekends as it frees up the oven for important things like baking cookies 🙂
I have to admit, I don’t always bake from scratch. It’s not because I don’t want to but we don’t always have the time or all the ingredients needed on hand. There are those times when you have to cook for a pot luck at work or for your child’s school bake sale, and weeknight baking takes up a lot of time after getting dinner to the table and lunches ready for the next day.