Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with shredded cheese, jalapeno, tortilla strips, and sour cream

Did you know tortilla soup is called tortilla soup because it’s thickened with tortillas?? It’s true. I read it on the internets somewhere once so it must be culinary fact. And even if not, I tried it and tortilla soup with corn tortillas cooked in it is GOOD, so that’s more than enough reason for […]

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Mexican Chicken Stew

Mexican Chicken Stew | Chicken thighs get baked with pinto beans and salsa in a Dutch oven for easy, hearty Mexican comfort food.

Something about summertime makes me crave all the mexi-style comfort food. Maybe because Mexican is so fresh while still being a filling, comforting meal. Maybe because we now have air conditioning so effective that it has me reaching for foods that are HOT even on 80 degree days. Whatever the reason, this Mexican chicken stew […]

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Fresh Corn Soup with Avocado Salsa

Fresh Corn Soup with Avocado Salsa

Corn season is getting closer and I can feel it in my midwestern bones. Straight off a freshly grilled cob is my favorite way to eat corn, but I make do with all other forms when ears aren’t available. Frozen and canned get me through every season that’s not corn season. This soup is ultra […]

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Guinness Beef Stew

I’d like to introduce you to my newest obsession: Guinness Beef Stew. It’s like beef bourguignon, but instead of using red wine we’re using Guinness! Which means, YES, this is beef cooked in bacon fat and then braised in dark beer and it will probably ruin all other beef for you. This is a stew […]

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30 Minute Black Bean Soup

We have a salsa problem in our house. We continue to buy new jars of salsa, open them, eat 75% of the salsa, put the unfinished jar in the fridge, and restart the cycle. Which means our fridge is constantly filling up with mostly-empty salsa jars. Corn salsas, chipotle salsas, regular chunky salsas, green salsas. […]

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Easy Beef Stew

Easy Beef Stew

We just got back from a week-long trip to Florida where we learned that vacationing with an infant is not quite the relaxing experience of vacationing without an infant: No leisurely reading by the pool, no sleeping in, and definitely no going outside without worrying about is the baby slathered in enough sunscreen? So, while […]

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Curried Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Current favorite soup alert! It’s got a spicy curry kick, while still being a comforting, rice-filled, chicken broth-based soup. And I love it. I can’t stop making it. This soup calls for Rice-a-Roni. This is not a product that I had ever purchased prior to making this soup.  I went to the grocery store without […]

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Pureed Vegetable Soup

Pureed Vegetable Soups

I’m not a fan of any sentence that begins with “when I lived in France…”. It sounds so elitist and like whatever the second part of the sentence is will have some assumed superiority. Just know that if ever I were to begin a sentence in that way, I wouldn’t mean it in any sort […]

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Pumpkin Chili

Is it too early in the season to declare this my favorite chili of the year? I’m doing it anyway. I hesitate to even call this a pumpkin chili because it really is just a good, basic chili that happens to have pumpkin in it. And I am convinced it has universal appeal to individuals […]

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Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder in bowls topped with bacon and scallions

Do you ever accidentally over-buy sale produce? You get home from the grocery store feeling like the responsible, money-saving adult that you are only to look in your pantry and realize that you have neither the space to store, nor the willpower to consume the 10-pounds of sweet potatoes you just bought. But the whole bag was $2.99! […]

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