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Pasta Fagioli
Did you know that January is National Soup Month?  I am not sure what the origin of soup month is but I do know that I have been in the mood to make and eat a lot of it in recent weeks.  In honor of National Soup Month I am going to dedicate this week to posting soup/stew recipes. ...
Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad
This salad is easy to throw together and bursting with flavor.   Serve alongside fish or chicken, top fajitas and tacos or scoop up with tortilla chips.  For this recipe you will need:1 Tbsp. Victoria Taylor’s Chipotle Pepper Flakes4 tsp. fresh cilantro, chopped fine¼ cup...
Spicy Chicken Stew
For this recipe you will need:1 ½ pounds boneless chicken breast or thighs1 medium onion, chopped1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with japalenos1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilies, undrained1(15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drainedSalt and pepper to...
Summer Gazpacho
Fresh gazpacho is a great way to take advantage of all the seasonal produce available during the summer months.  This recipe is refreshing with a subtle spicy kick, perfect for a hot summer night.   For this recipe you will need:32 oz tomato juice6 roma tomatoes, seeded, skins on1...
Texas Red Chili
So the term Chili Con Carne means “chili with meat”.  This has always confused me since chili always has meat in it.  Unless it’s veggie chili.  I have a recipe for that too.  The basic chili I grew up with was a version with ground beef, onions, peppers and always kidney...
The Best Curried Chicken Salad
A refreshing change from traditional chicken salad my curried version is delicious all on its own or served in your favorite bread, croissant or lettuce wrap.  For this recipe you will need:3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds)4 tsp. Victoria Taylor’s Curry1/2 tsp....
Toasted Onion Mushroom Beef Barley Soup
Toasted Onion Seasoning is the perfect complement to the earthiness of mushrooms in this dish.  This hearty soup is delicious when scooped up with a piece of crusty bread.  For this recipe you will need:1 lb. lean stew beef, cut into 1/2” pieces¼ cup Flour4 tbsp. Olive Oil, divided1...
Vegetable Chili with Texas Red Seasoning
This is the favorite recipe of my best friend Alex.  She is not a vegetarian, but she loves this chili.  She makes it for me every time I visit her in Chicago.  She even made it for me once when she had run out of Texas Red and used New Orleans instead.  Outrageous really....
Vidalia Onion Soup with Boursin Toast
I have been craving this soup for a while but with the warm weather I was not sure when I would be able to squeeze it into my busy grilling schedule.   A rain filled and unseasonably cold weekend gave me just the opportunity to make it work.  This hearty soup is filled with flavor...
Village Greek Salad
This salad is reminiscent of what you would find while traveling in Greece.  A tomato based salad with no lettuce and loaded with peppers, onions, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and drizzled with olive oil and Mediterranean Seasoning.  This salad is simple, delicious and refreshing....

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