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I shared one of my favorite soup recipes last week, but did you know that January is National Soup Month? I love soup anytime of the year. During the cold winter month there is nothing more comforting that sitting down to a delicious hot bowl of soup. Last week I shared the recipe for Irish Yellow Broth, a delicious soup that actually has steel cut oats in it. Here are a few more of my favorite soup recipes.

Asparagus and Egg Drop SoupAsparagus and Egg Drop Soup
Cheddar Ale SoupCheddar Ale Soup
Chicken Vegetable SoupChicken Vegetable Soup.
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash SoupCoconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Corn Chowderchowder
Cream of Carrot SoupCream of Carrot Soup
Irish Yellow BrothIrish soup. homemade
Pork, Bean and Kale Souphomemade soup, kale, prudent living
Portuguese Vegetable Soupsoup, homemade, recipes
The Soup Doctor’s Egg Drop SoupOn The Home Front Egg Drop Soup

We’re back from our big cross country adventure and nothing is more satisfying than enjoying a bowl of warm soup on a cold winter day. I enjoy soup for lunch or dinner. If you have some extra spinach in the fridge this is a quick and easy soup that goes together well. The recipe calls for steel cut oats, I think this is the only soup recipe I have that uses steel cut oats!

Irish Yellow Broth

2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 Tbsp flour
3 ¼ cup chicken stock
¼ cup steel cut oats
1 ½ cup chopped spinach
2 Tbsp cream
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add onion, celery and carrots, cook about 2 minutes or until the onions are soft.

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Stir in the flour and cook slowly for another minute, stirring constantly. Pour in the chicken broth and the oats and bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

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Stir in the chopped spinach and cook for 15 minutes.

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Stir in cream and season to taste.

When I make this I sometimes omit the cream, it is delicious either way. The original recipe instructed you to add the oats with the spinach. I have always added them with the broth so they have longer to cook, this gives the soup a nice creamy texture.

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Irish Yellow Broth

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I love appetizers that can be made ahead and just pulled out as the company arrives. This simple recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on appetites!Appetizers


1 (7-8 oz) package of feta cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced shallot
½ tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 pound of large cherry tomatoes
12 pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise.

Toss the cubed Feta, oil, shallot and oregano in a small bowl.

Cut 12 tomatoes in half crosswise. Scoop out the tomato pulp. Place tomatoes; cut side up on your serving platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff hollowed cherry tomatoes with marinated Feta. Slide an olive half alongside the cheese. Drizzle with additional olive oil. Do ahead, cover and let chill.

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

I always enjoy going back over the recipes I’ve shared and seeing which ones were the most popular over the year. Here is a link to the top recipes of 2014. Below are the top 10 recipes of 2015. Enjoy!

Perfect Pancakes:

Perfect Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes:

Oatmeal Pancakes

Baked Eggs with Roasted Vegetables:

Baked Eggs with roasted Vegetables

Lentil Salad:Lentil Salad

My Favorite Corn Chowder:corn chowder

Shrimp and Corn Chowder:

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

Sesame Sweet Chicken:

Sesame Sweet Chicken

Mom’s Crock Pot Beef Stew:Mom's Crockpot Beef Stew

 Asparagus, Shrimp and Orange Stir Fry:Asparagus, Shrimp & Orange

Peach Raspberry Crisp:Peach Raspberry Crisp



Are you looking for a low fat dessert to serve over the holidays? These Chocolate Mint Brownies are just the thing. No one will ever know they are low fat!

Chocolate Mint Brownies

1 cup sifted cake flour
1 cup cocoa
¼ tsp salt
1 cup egg substitute
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup dark corn syrup
¾ cup apple butter
2 Tbsp oil
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
36 frozen (about 6 small boxes) Junior Mint candies, chopped (I did not shop them)

Preheat your oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan with Pam.

Combine the cake flour, cocoa and salt in one bowl.Ingredients

In a second bowl combine egg substitute, brown sugar, corn syrup, apple butter, oil and melted chocolate. Mix the two mixtures together. Pour into your prepared pan and sprinkle with candies.ready for the oven Bake until firm about 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.118db4m

Thinking ahead to what you’ll be serving at Christmas? Leeks, shallots, onions and garlic combine to make a rich, delicious side dish. Perfect for your holiday table.onions, leeks, shallots and garlic

Four-Onion Gratin

¼ cup butter
6 leeks (white and pale green parts only), sliced
2 large onions, cut into eights
8 shallots, halved
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ – 10 oz bags frozen baby onions, thawed, drained
2 cups whipping cream
2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Melt the butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, large onions, shallots and garlic and sauté until all are tender, about 20 minutes.Saute, onions, leeks,garlic and shallots Add baby onions and cook for ten more minutes, stirring occasionally. Saute until tender Mix in 2 cups of whipping cream. Boil until cream is thickened to sauce consistency, about ten minutes. Transfer vegetable-cream mixture to a 6 cup shallow baking dish. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Return mixture to room temperature before continuing)4 Onion Gratin

Preheat oven to 425. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over onion mixture. Bake until breadcrumbs are golden brown and onion mixture bubbles, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
A delicious side dish for your holiday table!

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