Book Review: “Wild Cat” by Jennifer Ashley

Wild Cat is the 5th book in the Shifter UnBound Series by Jennifer Ashley, but it is listed as the 3rd in the series because one book is a prequel to the series (Shifter Made) and another is a shorter book (“Bodyguard” the 4th book in the series). The base premise of the story line…

My apologies…

This have been very hectic with my world which is why I was late putting up the last few soups.  I will get back into cooking them again very soon.  Thank you all for reading and responding.

Ribollita

Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, sliced [I didn’t add any this day because I didn’t have any *insert frowny face*] 4 garlic cloves, crushed [I used 2 green cloves and 2 aged cloves] 2 celery stalks, finely sliced 1 fennel bulb [I used Bok choy, it is an…

Leek and Thyme Soup

Ingredients 2 pounds of leeks 1 pound of potatoes [I used the tiny gourmet ones, I find they are much better for soups] 1/2 cup butter [I think after making this maybe only 1/3 cup instead – when you can see the oil swim on top because there is just too much…. well you get…

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup

Ingredients 2 red bell peppers (about 8 ounces), seeded and cubed [I doubled this because I had peppers that were going to go bad] generous 4 cups diced sweet potatoes 1 onion, roughly chopped [I used two small to medium-sized green onion {not scallions – green onions}] 2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped [I used…

Onion and Pancetta Soup

Ingredients: 4 ounces pancetta slices, rinds removed, roughly chopped [I used exactly what the recipe called for and I believe after eating it – it should be doubled.] 2 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 1 tablespoon butter 5 1/2 cups finely sliced onions 2 teaspoons sugar about 1 1/14 quarts chicken stock 2 1/2 cups peeled…

Pasta and Chick-Pea Soup

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 2 carrots, minced [I used four small farm fresh carrots, from the Farmer’s Market] 1 onion [I used a green onion] 2 celery stalks, finely chopped [I used the center of a bunch, it was going to go bad so it all was tossed in] [3 cloves…

Squash, Bacon, and Swiss Cheese Soup

Ingredients: 2 pounds of butternut squash [I used 24 oz because that is all I had on hand] 8 ounces smoked slab bacon [I used 12 oz] 1 tablespoon oil [I used EVOO] 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped onions [I used two green onions] 2 garlic cloves, crushed [I used 3 green cloves, crushed] 2…

Adoption?….

I have seen a few sites on adoption but I was wondering about folks who have adopted from overseas (not a US adoption)… anyone have advice, information, tools they used

Epic Fail: Irish Stew

This was a train wreck for two years…. #1:  The instructions call for one pound of ground beef and 5 pounds of taters… a little too much of a break.  But the big ta-do was over the amount of water, it said to keep adding it, well how and when do you determine how much…

Seafood and Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients 3 pounds raw shrimp in shell [I used 3.5 pounds frozen, with only the end tail part on] 1 1/2 quarts water [I added 2 cups of seafood stock to this, see notes as to why] 4 onions, 2 of them quartered 4 bay leaves [I used three because I missed where it told…

Definitions… Chowder, Soup or Stew

Chowder: A thick chunky soup typically made with seafood and vegetables. The name is derived from the French world chaudiere which is a caldron used by fisherman to make their fresh fish stews. Clam chowder is probably the most common chowder in the U.S. but chowders may simply be any soup with a rich base…