Chipotle Chicken and Sausage in a Skillet

Dinners that can be prepared one step at a time in a big skillet are a big go-to in my kitchen.  What are they called again?  Oh yeah, skillet meals.  They make weeknight meals so simple.
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I’m always on the look-out for recipes that can be turned into a skillet meal, too, and this chipotle chicken from G’Day Soufflé was perfect for that.  Just the thought of smoky chipotles and chorizo, along with braised chicken was enough to convince me.  But what really sold me was the unsweetened chocolate in the background that ties it all together. [Read more…]

Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ina Garten’s recipes never disappoint me, and her latest collection, Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, is no exception.  With a name like that, the recipes better work, right?  And it’s true; everything I’ve made from it so far has been a winner.
Tomato Soup with Orzo
I chose to make this soup because it reminded me of the comforting tomato soup with elbow macaroni my mom used to make for lunch on rainy Sunday afternoons.  Where I am, the season is just about to make that leap from winter to spring, otherwise known as soups and stews to burgers and salads.  Although we’re close, I’m convinced there are a few soup days left, and this Tomato Soup with Orzo would be a good choice. [Read more…]

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

During the cold winter months, we have some kind of soup for dinner at least once a week.  It might be from a can and doctored up with a little of this and that, or it might be something a little more homemade, like this.  Either way, it’s nice to come home after a long day and throw some simple ingredients in a pot, and then sit down to relax while it simmers.

As the weather warms up, we gradually forget about soup and move on to anything that can be grilled.  It may be time to fire up that grill soon, but around these parts, I’m certain there will be an opportunity for at least one more pot of soup.

If you’re looking for one more pot of soup to enjoy before the weather gets warm, this would be a good choice.  It’s quick and easy to put together, and goes well with bread left over from the weekend, or a panini with some focaccia from the freezer.
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