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Mother’s Day Spinach Soup and Homemade Croutons

11 May

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. And you know what Mother’s Day always brings? Greeting cards.

Some people could care less about greeting cards (cough, cough, my husband). But others, like me, can’t get enough of them. I think it’s a genetic sentiment that was passed down from my grandma, to my mom, and then to me.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

My grandma is a rock star when it comes to greeting cards. A very strict rock star. She doesn’t miss a thing. You have a birthday? You get a card. You have an anniversary? You get a card? They make a new holiday? You get a card.

The cards my grandma sends aren’t just any old cards, either. Her trademark is underlining sweet snippets and highlighting the tear-jerker phrases. Because of all the time she invested in this throughout my life, I can’t’ help but carry this on to some degree in my adult life. Every time I am in the greeting card section, you’re sure to find me with tear-filled eyes and an occasional stained cheek. I am extremely sentimental when it comes to cards. Thanks, Grandma and Mom for teaching me the beauty and power of a greeting card.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

I also have to thank my mom and grandma for teaching me the comfort of soup. Soup is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I could probably eat soup every day of the week and not get tired of it.

Mother's Day Spinach Soup and Croutons

When I first saw this recipe for Spinach Soup, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. Spinach? in a soup? in a smooth soup? Yes to all three, and I’m glad I tried this. The soup is creamy and smooth, has a fairly mild spinach flavor, and has incredible, garlicky, homemade croutons. (The croutons may or may not be the best part!) If you don’t want a spicy soup, no worries, just leave out the red pepper flakes.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Hope you enjoy and that this new soup brings you some comfort. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Soup

And don’t forget about last year’s Mother’s Day Cinnamon Rolls…always a solid breakfast choice.

Mother's Day Cinnamon Rolls

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!! (I think…?)

Halloween is such an odd holiday, if you can even call it that. What, exactly, are we celebrating? Candy, I guess. And that’s OK until you’re in middle school and suddenly too old to be cute when you knock on peoples’ doors begging for candy. (Ahem…the kid who knocked on my door and just stood there without saying “trick or treat.”) I will gladly give you candy if you will at least go along with the charade and pretend to be a cute, little kid who says the requisite “trick or treat.”

So today, no, I do not give you a candy recipe. ‘Cuz I’m not a kid anymore (but more truthfully because I didn’t think to make one).

So here’s something for grown-ups—spinach artichoke dip. (Because we all know kids say “ewwww” when they hear “artichoke.”) More for us grown-ups, thankyouverymuch.

This recipe originates from The Pioneer Woman, and, without ever meeting the woman, I’d say I trust her with my life. Her recipes are quality. So enjoy!

Melt the butter and cook the chopped garlic for a quick minute or two until fragrant.

Toss the spinach in, and cook it until it wilts.

Then cook up your chopped artichokes until they lightly brown.

In a new pot, cook the butter and flour together until it bubbles.

Add the milk, and cook, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until it thickens.

Add the cream cheese and other cheeses. Stir until they get all melty and the mixture is smooth.

Add the wilted spinach and cooked artichokes. Stir to combine.

Pour dip into a casserole dish and top with more grated Pepper Jack cheese. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until it starts to get bubbly and even a little brown.

Yum. (more…)

Creamed Spinach

26 Jul

We have two adorable kittens. (OK, I guess they’re officially cats because they’re a year old, but I still think of them as my baby kittens.)

One of the cats is good and one is bad. One of them is mine and one of them is my husband’s. Can you guess which is which?

The best part about having two cats rather than one is that they are sisters and are incredibly affectionate with each other. Even though I love my good kitty more than my husband’s naughty one, it just fits having both of them.

Sometimes it’s genius to combine good and bad (a.k.a. in food-speak to combine “healthy” and “unhealthy”). Creamed spinach is one of those combinations. Obviously spinach is healthy and desirable, but what’s up with the delicious creamed part? Probably not so healthy.

Here’s my adapted version of creamed spinach. It’s not as unhealthy as you might guess—in fact, there’s no actual cream in this recipe (just whole milk). The onion, shallot, and garlic add some subtle flavor that take this up a notch.

Because spinach shrinks so much when cooked, don’t expect this to feed a crowd of people; plan on it feeding about two.

Wilt spinach in batches and cook until tender.

Heat milk just until it simmers.

Get your chopped onion, shallot, and garlic ready. Then add it to the pan with the melted butter.

Whisk in your flour.

Gradually pour in the heated milk and cook until thick and creamy.

Stir in the spinach and cook just until heated through.

Top with salt and pepper. (more…)

Pasta and Fresh Spinach Salad

28 Jun

Running clears your head. You suddenly de-stress as your feet pound the pavement in a steady rhythm. And your body looks totally hot.

At least this is what happens in the movies.

In fact, I’m not really sure if running truly has these effects on me, but because I like to think that it does, I’ll let the placebo effect do its job.

This meal is stress-free. It’s one of my favorite summer meals. It’s fast, easy, and cool; the spinach makes me feel healthy; and it tastes great.

Marinate cooked pasta in teriyaki mixture.

Combine mandarin oranges, green onions, shredded chicken, sesame seeds, and Craisins in a large bowl.

Combine the pasta with the oranges/onions/chicken mixture, and toss in fresh baby spinach last.

Top individual servings with Parmesan cheese and honey roasted peanuts. (more…)