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Stuffed Pepper Soup

Tired of the cold?  Then make a big pot of this tasty Stuffed Pepper Soup for lunch today!

Loaded with bell peppers and seasonings, this Stuffed Pepper Soup is a great way to warm up on a chilly day!What is your favorite place you’ve ever been on vacation?  Mine is Italy.  Hands down.  No questions asked.  I’ve been lucky enough to make it over to Italy on a couple of occasions, and each trip has been better than the last.  My wife and I took a delayed honeymoon to Italy a couple of years ago, and I just recently stumbled across some of those photos again.  There’s nothing like pulling out the photo book (or to be more accurate, opening up the photo folder on the computer) for a nice trip down memory lane.Continue Reading »

Hazelnut Angel Food Cake

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this
light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!

Grab some fresh berries and serve them up a slice of this  light and airy Hazelnut Angel Food Cake!I’ve always loved berries.  It doesn’t matter what kind of berry.  I don’t discriminate.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.  You name it, chances are I love it.  (More accurately, chances are I’ll take it and turn it into a berry cobbler!)

When my wife and I moved into our first house in Atlanta, we planted a sizable garden along the sunny side of the house.  Thanks to the wonderful heat and humidity in the South, we pretty much just tossed some seeds on the ground and ended up with a pretty impressive garden.  We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with…literally.  I remember eating bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes for dinner on more than one occasion.  We gave away bags and bags of tomatoes.  And we still had more!  Unfortunately, our blueberries and blackberries were a different story.Continue Reading »

Rustic Sourdough Bread

Nothing beats the taste of a fresh loaf of homemade bread…
especially when it’s Rustic Sourdough Bread!

Nothing beats the taste of a fresh loaf of homemade bread...especially when it's Rustic Sourdough Bread!I can’t believe it’s been this long since I baked a loaf of homemade bread. Bread baking is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the kitchen, and I just haven’t done it in a while.  Perhaps all of that snow outside is causing my brain to short-circuit.  Perhaps it’s also because my wife and I have been spending a ton of time at the curling club lately.  (We’re addicted now.  It’s official.)  Ah, who am I kidding…those are just sorry excuses for not getting in the kitchen and baking some fresh bread.  Well, now that we are firmly in the middle of winter, it’s time to fix that problem.  It’s time to bake some bread!Continue Reading »

Caramel Pecan Cookies

Soft shortbread cookies topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.  These Caramel Pecan Cookies are a winner!

Soft shortbread cookies topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.  These Caramel Pecan Cookies are a winner!Guys (and gals), I have a confession to make.  We tend to lag behind when it comes to upgrading technology around here.  I mean, we do get there…but sometimes it takes us a bit of time.  We were a solid year or two behind on getting smart phones.  (To be fair, we were in grad school at the time.  Smart phones sounded like fun, but so did eating something besides peanut butter sandwiches.) Continue Reading »