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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted butternut squash soup

Oh yes, this is roasted butternut squash soup and so much more! For fear of a title too long to tweet about, the roasted Honeycrisp apples and sweet Spanish onions are the silent partner in the recipe, but just as important as the squash. With fall upon us, everything tastes better roasted in the oven and the bonus is no effort involved in this cooking process. So, pull out your sweater and grab a spoon, your new favorite fall soup is in the bowl.

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Spring Bean Soup with Pistou

Spring Bean Soup with Pistou

We may be a week into spring, the ground’s still frozen, the down jacket’s still on and comforting soup rather than seasonal salad is still the preference. Spring bean soup with pistou is the best of both worlds: white bean soup with seasonal ingredients such as leeks and kale with a pistou of fresh basil on top. The secret ingredient of miso and a Parmesan rind brightens the flavor so it looks and feels like spring with a winter heartiness to keep us warm just a bit longer.

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Not Your Bubby’s Borscht

Not Your Bubby's Borscht

With the Olympics in Russia just days away, Secrets of a Home Cook had a hankering for borscht. It’s soup made with beets hence the vibrant crimson color with its origins cutting a wide path through Eastern Europe and Russia. So many variations, hot cold, with meat, without, tomato sauce, beans; different countries and ethnic backgrounds all have their own take on borscht. This left the door wide open to find the one that was just right for SHC and after a thorough peruse on the internet, The Kitchn’s recipe was just right. It’s really nothing more than veggie soup, light and luscious with a few secret ingredients and a few additional home cooks tweaks. It’s as traditional as it is contemporary and not your Bubby’s borscht.

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Slow Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Grape Tomatoes

If there were ever an all-purpose multi-tasking vegetable recipe, slow roasted grape tomatoes would be it. Available year round, not too pricey and oh so good, all you have to do is heat the oven on low, toss with a few ingredients you probably already have and forget about it. The secret is to let the tomatoes shine through and you will be rewarded with little pillows of savory caramelized goodness.

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Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup

Before there was chicken broth in a box (which lasts forever) or chicken tenders that really don’t look like chicken at all or cooked chicken in shrink-wrap (which almost lasts forever), there was plain old chicken. It’s hard to believe that back in the olden days a string of dinners started with one whole chicken. Home cooks are not the wasteful sort, so roast that chicken and save the carcass for the easiest, tastiest and thriftiest homemade mom’s chicken noodle soup ever.

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Butternut Black Bean Stew

Butternut Black Bean Stew

Erase the ravages of the weekend and all that overindulging by whipping up a big batch of butternut black bean stew. This stew rings all the healthy bells and whistles; vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, low fat, but tasteless its not. In fact it’s amazing how satisfying hearty beans and squash are combined with a few well-chosen spices. Of course, it’s a home cooks prerogative to mix it up a bit too. Here are the secrets…

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Almond Cherry Granola

Almond Cherry Granola

Good morning sunshine! It is always sunny when you’re day begins with a bowl of homemade almond cherry granola. It’s hardly a recipe; just tossing a bunch of ingredients together like oats, nuts and dried fruit. But, once the baking begins, those same flat ingredients are transformed to crunchy, deeply roasted and extremely satisfying granola. It’s not even close to the stuff sold on a shelf. Of course, there are secrets….

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