Sunday, November 29, 2009



8 md Scallions
1/2 c Fresh Cilantro Leaves
2 Cloves Garlic
4 oz Pared Avocado
1 1/2 c Plain Nonfat Yogurt
1/2 c Skim Buttermilk
2 tb Lime Juice
1/2 ts Curry Powder
1/8 ts Ground Red Pepper

In a food processor, combine scallions, cilantro and garlic;
process until finely chopped.
Add avocado; process until smooth.
Add yogurt, buttermilk. 1/4 cup
water, lime juice, curry powder and red pepper to food processor; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, until well chilled. 
Serves 4

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Split Pea Soup


7 cups water

1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas (2 1/4 cups), sorted and rinsed

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)

2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

  Liquid Smoke to taste if you like it


1 Mix all ingredients  in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. 

2 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until peas are tender.

Stir well before serving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009




6–6 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise (about 35)

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 a medium onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 cups fresh whole basil leaves (one 2-ounce bag)

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Arrange the cut tomatoes on a large (10×16-inch) baking sheet. Drizzle the tomatoes with 1/4 cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss with your hands until the tomatoes are evenly coated with oil, then arrange them cut side up; they should fill the pan completely. Place in oven and roast the tomatoes for 50 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and set aside.

Warm the rest of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes and sauté for one more minute. Carefully pour in all the tomatoes and their juices. Add the basil, thyme, and 1 cup water (you may need to add an extra cup if the tomatoes are on the dry side). Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Blend the soup in batches in the blender, pouring finished soup into a clean saucepan or soup tureen (you may wish to strain the soup as you do this to remove any remaining skin or seeds, depending on the strength of your blender).

Serve piping hot, with crackers or chunks of store-bought artisan-style bread.

Sunday, November 15, 2009



6 Six inch corn tortillas
1/4 c Vegetable oil
1/4 c Water
1 md Tomato, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
1 Garlic clove, chopped
2 cn Vegetable Broth Cond. 10 3/4 oz
1 can water
1/4 ts Ground Coriander
1/4 ts Salt
1/8 ts Pepper
Chili Powder to taste
Servings: 8
Cilantro/ Jack / Cheddar Cheese Grated

Cut tortillas into 1/4 inch strips. Heat oil in

10-inch skillet until hot.
Fry 1/4 of the tortilla strips at a time over medium heat, stirring

occasionally, until crisp and brown, about 3 minutes.

Drain on paper towels.
Place 1/4 cup water, the tomato, onion and garlic in

blender container.
 Cover and blend on high speed until

Heat tomato mixture, chicken broth, 1 can

water, the coriander, salt, pepper and chili powder to

boiling in a 3 quart saucepan.
 Cook uncovered for 3

Sprinkle each serving with cheese and

tortilla strips and cilantro.

Saturday, November 14, 2009



3 ea Carrots, large
3 qt Water
1 ea Turnip, large
2 ts Salt
2 ea Stalks celery
6 ea Large sprig parsley
2 ea Onions. large
1/2 ea Bay leaf
2 tb Butter
1 ts Thyme leaves

Scrub and coarsley chop carrots, turnip, celery, peel and chop onions.

Melt butter in 8-quart pan over medium heat. Add chopped vegetables and
cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables turn golden (about 15

Add water, salt, parsley, bay leaf, and thyme leaves. Cover and bring to a
boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Strain and discard
vegetables. Makes 2-1/2 quarts stock.

You can adjust the seasoning to suit your taste by adding 2 cloves, peeled garlic, several peppercorns, or your favorite herbs. You can freeze extra stock for future use.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Old Fashioned Bean Soup

3 c Pinto, Navy, Northern, or Lima beans, sorted and rinsed (your choice)

6 c Water
7 c Vegetable broth 
1 cn 16 oz Tomatoes, including liquid,
2 c Chopped celery
1 Carrot, large chopped
1 Onion, large chopped
2 Garlic cloves, large minced
2 Bay leaves
1 ts Basil
1 ts Oregano
1/2 ts Marjoram
2 ts Liquid Smoke Seasoning

Soak the beans in the 6 cups of water overnight in a large pot.
Drain the soaking water and refill
soup pot with the 7 cups of veg broth.

Add everything below, and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours until beans are soft. 

Add the tomatoes, celery,

carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, basil, marjoram.

Then add the lemon juice, and liquid smoke seasoning. 

Salt and pepper to taste.

After everything is cooked,then remove the bay leaves and mash soup with potato masher. 
Reheat and serve, garnishing each bowl with 1/2- 1 T of nonfat sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon chives or green onion tops.
Add cheddar cheese and Tabasco if you like.
Serves 6

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Veggy Sausage And Tortellini Soup

Total Time:
1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 6


4 cups water
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can vegetable broth
10 ounces cabbage cole slaw
1 small onion, chopped
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 package veggy sausage, I like (Morningstar, Sausage Style Recipe Crumbles)
1 (48-ounce) can tomato juice
1 tablespoon (or less) tabasco
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup fresh cheese tortellini pasta, cooked


Bring a large soup pot of water to a boil.
Add vegetable broth, cole slaw, onion and celery to pot.
When vegetables are tender, add the veggy sausage and cook according to directions on package.
After 10 minutes, add the tomato juice.
Season with hot sauce and red pepper flakes.
Add tortellini just before serving.
Top with parmesan cheese and serve.


Today, I'd like to share with you a vintage photo from my personal collection. It is a family photo that is of both our parents on their wedding days. We don't have many photos of them together, so I scanned these together and will also share it with our children. Enjoy!
Oh, and in case you wondered the right side, (Italian) is mine!
fondly, Nancy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Almost Like Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (Vegetarian)

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup white onions, minced
1/2 cup zucchini
1/2 cup frozen green beans, Italian-cut
1/4 cup celery, minced
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
30 ounces canned red kidney beans, drained
30 ounces canned white beans, drained
14 ounces diced tomatoes, canned
1/2 cup carrots, julienned or shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups hot water
4 cups fresh spinach, small leaves
1/2 cup shell pasta

1. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
3. Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my love of the vintage things in life, soup, collage, art and vegetarian living. I want to share things I find, recipes, the art I do, and somedays total nonsense, you never know. Please enjoy your time here!

fondly, Nancy