Foodie Resolutions 2016: The Outcome

Happy new year everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.

Once again, now is about the time of year to do some reflecting. And for the second year in a row, I am reflecting back on partially-completed foodie goals. Womp, womp. Life got in the way.

The bright side: I posted a foodie resolutions mid-year update back in June, at which point nothing was accomplished. I’m happy to report that something, even if it wasn’t all of my goals, was accomplished in the remaining 6 months of the year.

My final verdict for 2016 is 2 for 5 goals completed. Here’s what they were.

Continue reading “Foodie Resolutions 2016: The Outcome”

January is National Soup Month

Soup is like one of the most perfect foods. A complete one-pot meal, it warms you up when you’re cold and it makes you feel better when you’re sick. 

As chance would have it, January, in addition to being my birth month and one of the coldest months of the winter here in Pennsylvania, is National Soup Month!

Check out these recipes, including a few that are on my list of things to try. You can also follow #NationalSoupMonth on Twitter or check out my board of curated recipes on Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration.

#ThrowbackThursday: Cookbook Round-up

As the holiday season comes to a close, I am sure many of us have at least one gift card floating around, waiting to be redeemed. Or, if you are like me, maybe the holidays are not formally “done” yet and you might even have belated holiday gifts left to buy for those that we planned on seeing after the holidays.

In either case, if you are a food-lover looking for some ideas to use up your gift cards, or in search of a nice host/hostess gift for the person throwing the New Years Eve cocktail party that you are going to attend tomorrow, here are just a few suggestions worth looking into. You should be able to find them in most chain bookstores and big-box stores as well as, of course, online.

Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday: Cookbook Round-up”

Pantry Raid: Mushroom Barley Soup

I’m a big fan of soup. It’s often my go-to lunch since it’s quick and easy to grab from a store or a work cafeteria. I always have a stockpile of some kind of soup or chili in the freezer for when I don’t feel like cooking when I get home in the evening, too, which I thaw overnight in the refrigerator or, if I don’t remember, quickly thaw in the microwave.

I make and eat soup year-round, even during the summer, but nothing beats the magical feeling of eating hot soup on a cold day. It just warms up your body and makes you feel instantly better — at least, for me it does.

This recipe for mushroom barley soup is one of my favorites to make in the crock pot and let cook overnight for dinner the next day. It is healthy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, making it a perfect recipe for using up pantry and fridge staples.

Continue reading “Pantry Raid: Mushroom Barley Soup”