Chopped Pear and Spinach Salad

There’s something about a chopped salad I adore. A salad cut into a million little pieces so just about every single bite includes the sum of its parts. For that perfect bite. Best when there’s a mix of sweet, savory and salty flavors as well as soft, crunchy and chewy textures.

This chopped salad has all of that going for it and more with bosc pears, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, couscous, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, baby spinach and romaine tossed together in a honey mustard dressing. Your taste buds will scream happiness…. 

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Green Monster Soup

Believe it or not I don’t eat chocolate cloud cookies bigger than my hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t loll around all day with half-eaten jars of marshmallow fluff at my feet. And I don’t eat peanut butter cup pie and Hostess cupcakes every single night for dessert.

OK. . . maybe that last one’s pushing the truth a little.

If on occasion you do happen to do one or more of those things and you wake up with a sugar hangover or just feel all around sluggish there’s nothing like a mug of this soup to fix you right up…. 

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Farmhouse Chicken Chowder

Farmhouse Chicken Chowder is packed full of all the delicious and nutritious things you can pick up at a farm market.

There’s a colorful mélange of vegetables including onion, garlic, carrots, celery, parsnips, sweet and white potatoes, corn, spinach and herbs like rosemary, thyme, bay and parsley…. 

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White Bean, Bacon and Spinach Soup

Here is a white bean, bacon and spinach soup that looks entirely unassuming.

Like another run-of-the-mill soup. (This is what I thought.) I was wrong.

Stuffed inside is the most incredible, full-bodied flavor. I was immediately smitten. With the very first bite. And may have even done a little happy dance…. 

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Cheesy Spinach Casserole

Martha Stewart’s Spinach Cheese Puff; a casserole made with spinach, Gruyere cheese, half & half and eggs. Baked to a bubbly golden brown, this spinach side dish will go great alongside just about anything.

I’m not sure why Martha calls it a puff because there’s nothing puffy about it. . . it’s dense, creamy and rich without being overly so…. 

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Italian Wedding Soup

Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup.

This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and chicken with escarole and cheese like mozzarella and parmesan. The meat is slowly simmered for hours then shredded and added back into the soup, making for a hearty main dish…. 

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Stuffed Squash with Brie, Cranberries and Greens

Fresh cranberries, brie and greens come together to make a festive and flavorful filling for kabocha or acorn squash.

The cranberries add a tangy pop of sweetness to the gooey brie, tender greens and mild-mannered squash.

The best bite is when you dig deep and not only get the creamy greens but some of the dense squash on your fork too! The difference in textures is just as important as the flavors in making this surprisingly delicious…. 

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