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The Best Tomato Basil Soup Ever {in less than 30 minutes!}

With healing bone broth, heavy cream, and fresh basil, this is THE best tomato basil soup ever! And you can make this simple soup in less than 30 minutes.

Benefits of Wild Rice + Creamy Wild Rice Soup

I may have had wild rice three times before moving to northeastern Minnesota. Wild rice is native to where I live in Minnesota — so it’s EVERYWHERE. You can even buy wild rice in gas stations! We quickly learned that wild rice is a thing up here, and if we were going to live up here, we had to figure out how to cook it. Specifically creamy wild rice soup.

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately… And so I cook soup. I want bone broth and veggies and cheese. I want warm and creamy and soothing. I can’t really ask for a better soup than this to settle in and cozy up with: a creamy broccoli-cheese soup that is nothing like the gloppy, gooey mess you pour out of a can.

Lemon, Herb, & Garlic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Carrots

Remember the old days when the boss and his wife were invited to dinner? Do people still do that — the cute apron/high heels/pearls thing? The children behaving perfectly. Flowers from my garden gracing the table. In my world, I’d serve this roasted chicken and heirloom carrots for dinner. And when you have the boss (or the pastor or the new in-laws) over, don’t tell them this took you just 20 minutes of hands-on time, deal?

Easy Peasy Homemade Marinara Sauce {with or without meat}

There’s just something about opening a can of spaghetti sauce… Said no one ever. Every household needs a recipe for homemade marinara sauce because it’s such a staple ingredient in many of our Italian-American dishes, such as spaghetti and lasagna. And nothing out of a can or a jar even comes close to tasting as delicious as what you can make in your own kitchen. Can I get an amen?

Dijon-Tarragon Meatballs & Garlic-Tarragon Gravy {with a surprise ingredient!}

Meat smothered in gravy. It’s the stuff of legend in Southern cuisine. And today, I’m sharing a recipe at Traditional Cooking School that’s so easy and flavorful, it’ll knock your socks off!

Nourishing Mexican Chicken Soup {in the Crock Pot!}

Like many other old favorites, I learned to re-create On The Border’s chicken tortilla soup, using fresh, organic veggies, traditionally prepared rice, and nourishing bone broth. Re-creating restaurant favorites is an easy way to save money and eat healthier.

Spontaneity in the Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!

Down Home, Real Food Chili Sauce

Do you remember concession stand chili cheese nachos? Mmmmmm….

I’ve created a {healthy} version of concession stand chili sauce, so you can have chili cheese fries, nachos, and dogs any time you like!

This is a chili sauce you can feel absolutely no guilt about when you ladle it on your French fries — which I hope you fry in tallow and top with raw cheddar! This is a chili sauce you can cover your grass-fed hot dog with. This is a chili sauce that will take you back to the concession stand.

Simple Salsa Verde Chicken in the Crock Pot

A little spicy and a little smokey, this easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken has been a staple around our house. I think we’ve had it three times this month! With just a few basic ingredients and your Crock Pot, you can have a nourishing dinner on the table that literally takes less than 15 minutes of hands-on time.