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Fresh Tomato Tart

NOTHING says summer like fresh tomatoes.  Can I get an amen?  And if it’s not summer where you are, please consider moving to my good state.  We’d love to have you!   Fresh tomatoes may be my favorite thing in all the world.  I’ve got about 7 different varieties in my garden as we speak […] Read more…

Summer Vegetable Soup {And Some Winners}

  “The arrival of company at the house, the arranging of dinners and suppers, in style, awoke all the energies of her soul; and no sight was more welcome to her than a pile of traveling trunks launched on the verandah, for then she foresaw fresh efforts and fresh triumphs.”~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s […] Read more…

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Dear kind and spicy friends, I took 817 pictures of this soup and I COULD NOT capture the deliciousness of this creamy chicken tortilla soup. Whatsoever. Please believe me when I say that this soup is the mother of all tor-tilla soups.  (We say tortilla like gorilla, for special effects.) This is but a warm […] Read more…

March Meal Plan

I hope you enjoy this meal plan, which honors the Lenten season with fish or shrimp on Fridays and honors the Irish on and around March 17!  It’s a little brighter and fresher in celebration of oncoming Spring.  Happy cooking and happier eating! Week 1 Tuesday,  March 4—Asian Pot Roast Wednesday,  March 5—Fiesta Chicken Salad Thursday, […] Read more…

Old Fashioned Fudge Pie

Y’all.  I’m so nervous.  I wrote an article for the Lutheran Witness magazine that comes out this weekend on Vocation and finding God’s will for your life.  In less than an hour, I’ll be doing a radio interview about the article on my very favorite internet radio station in THE entire world, Issues, Etc. In […] Read more…

Italian Wedding Soup

Well.  First of all, let me say that I love weddings.  EVERY last thing about them. I get all teary eyed for the bride and groom.  I always imagine that I’m the photographer, looking for those candid moments that can’t be missed.  I love the wedding liturgy, the familiar words, the dancing, all of it. […] Read more…