Kale & Tortellini Minestrone

Kale & Tortellini Minestrone

On Monday I promised a recipe to use your homemade vegetable stock, so I give you this soup. It is pretty simple, but chock full of vegetables and lots of different flavors. The addition of the tortellini makes it more filling and also fairly kid-friendly. My husband doesn’t usually like minestrone, but he really enjoyed … Continue reading

How To Make Vegetable Stock

How To Make Vegetable Stock

I haven’t always been someone who makes their own stock. Truth be told, if I was making something that had vegetable stock as an ingredient, more often than not I would substitute with water. All of the canned or boxed vegetable stocks that I had ever tried always had some weird off-flavors: tinny, bitter, or … Continue reading

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

Yes, there is zucchini in this cake. No, it is not “health food.” In the words of my husband, it is a “(bleep)-ing good cake!” His reaction surprised me–not the swearing (the kids were in bed), but that he would be so excited about cake. He doesn’t like zucchini that much either, so the fact … Continue reading

Roasted Potatoes & Onions with Herbs

Roasted Potatoes & Onions with Herbs

My grandpa loves potatoes. I think he would be happy to have a potato every day. It might be because he grew up during the Great Depression. Potatoes were comforting and filling, even when meat was scarce. Grandpa (aka “GG” to my kids, as in “great grandpa”) also loves onions. He has been known to … Continue reading

Spongebob Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Spongebob Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Happy (belated) National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! I had no idea there even was such a thing, but it turns out it was last Saturday. It also happened to be the day of my middle son’s birthday party and I made this cake to go with the Spongebob theme he requested. Ice cream sandwiches are … Continue reading