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Fall = Soup and Salad

soup and salad

Fall = Soup and Salad

When the evenings start to cool, and the days have a little crisp in the air, I love to eat soup!  I’ll admit that I eat soup in the summer, but it’s not as enjoyable as in the fall. To me, it’s a signal of cooler days to come (which I love!)

Current favorites are anything chickeny. Chicken rice, chicken noodle, Italian wedding, chicken tortilla.  Pairing with a simple salad makes a perfect meal. I’ll add some cooked chicken on top of the salad, or maybe some shrimp. Store bought roasted chicken will do in a pinch!

Anyone can get this meal to the table in 15 minutes flat. Soup has to be made ahead of time obviously, but a nice Sunday afternoon soup cooking session will give you a bunch for the freezer. I’ll do another post with recipes and pictures of making soup.

The Humble Onion

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Onions are so versatile.  If I had to guess, I’d say I use onions in nearly every dish I make.  It is most certainly one of the staples you need in your pantry if you are planning to make quick and tasty meals on the fly.   You can thinly slice them to put on top of a Greek salad, you can finely chop them to put them in an omelet, you can dice them to put in a tuna nicoise salad, you can roughly cut them up to throw in a stew, you can make rings to saute  until caramelized and lovingly spread over a beautiful steak.    

There are so many types of onions to consider.  I always have a bag of yellow cooking onions in my cupboard, and 9 times out of 10 I have green onions in the vegetable drawer in my fridge.  A nice red onion is always welcome and the favorite of my partner J.  Sweet Vidalia’s make great onion rings, and an amazing start to French Onion soup.   Small cipollini’s are fantastic in a chicken and dumpling stew or a Boeuf Bourguignon.

Onions are generally inexpensive.  Onions usually keep quite well.  Suffice is to say I love onions, and would not be caught without some in my kitchen!  

Thank You, My Friends!

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Big ‘thank you’s’ to my friends, and my new followers, for your support of this blog.  Real food for real people is the theme.  We all need to eat, and I’ve embraced preparing whole foods for my family and friends.   One great joy of my life is to have friends around the table, or on the back deck, or bellied up to the kitchen counter, eating great food.   I don’t like to slave in the kitchen all day, so over the years I’ve developed a body of knowledge of how long various foods take to prepare, how to prep foods and keep them fresh until you’re ready to use them, how to present new foods for people to try, how to stock a pantry with quick meals.   So I’m ready to entertain whenever someone shows up!  And I’m ready to make dinner whenever it’s time — sometimes we get very little time in between activities, and I’d much rather grab something at home than at a drive-through.  Truth be told, we do the drive-through sometimes, but not often.   Life is about balance, life is about friends, life is about sharing.    Thank you for letting me share with you!