Lola Cooks: Orange and Olive Salad

orange and olive salad recipe

As promised, we have more healthy food coming your way this month. Personally, I hope you LOVE this one as much as I do. It is one of my absolute favorite things to eat. This is certainly not an American flavor combination and may make you cringe a bit, but I urge you to try […]

Lola Cooks: Creamy Celery Leek Soup

creamy celery leek soup recipe

We promised soup recipes for January, so soup recipes is what you will get. This week we continue with an earthy and comforting bowl of creamy celery leek soup. Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Leeks?! No way! Well, I assure you that they are better than most people would imagine. I […]

Lola Cooks: Classic Minestrone

classic minestrone recipe

Our tribute to the glorious food that is soup continues with this classic that should be in just about everyone’s recipe file. Minestrone is one of those soups that gets tweaked from one home to the next. This recipe is a good basic recipe that you can manage to suit your tastes. If you don’t […]

Lola Cooks: Chunky Borscht

chunky borscht recipe

Around here, January means Soup Month. Over the past 4 years, we have presented many soup recipes for you to enjoy. This month we have 4 more planned that are sure to take the chill off. Today we start out with a chunky borscht. This soup is loaded with flavor, nutrition, and an earthiness that […]

Crock-tober Cooking: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken

40 clove garlic chicken recipe

37, 38, 39… 40. Forty, not thirty-nine, people. That’s what makes the difference. Well, it is possible that if you only had 39 cloves of garlic the absence would hardly be noticed. I wouldn’t know because in the many times I’ve made this dish, I’ve never used one more or less than 40. I’m not […]

Crock-tober Cooking: Slow-Cooked Onion Thyme Lamb

slow cooker onion thyme lamb

All through September, while the temperatures still danced gleefully above the 100˚ mark, I told myself to just hold on a bit longer; October would be here soon and bring with it cooler days. Well, my friends, I made it. Now it’s only mid to upper 80s here, but that is enough for me to […]

Summer Fare: Tapas Style

tapas recipes

Summer says patio. It also begs for lighter fare over drinks on the patio. There’s no better way to accomplish this than Tapas Style. These lighter ‘finger food’ recipes are sure to make your outdoor gatherings a hit. Tapas as a meal, especially for outdoors, are brilliant. It keeps the conversation flowing and allows your […]

Cooking with Boys: Shrimp Scampi

shrimp scampi recipe

There are infinite wonders in the kitchen that for decades were shared only with girls. In my aunt and uncle’s home, for example, the boys were forbidden to do housework which included just about everything in the kitchen, save skinning a fish.  Boys were meant to gather wood or feed the dogs, but certainly not fluff […]

Today’s Special: Beef & Spinach Tortellini Soup

beef and spinach tortellini soup recipe

We are wrapping up our soup celebration with a super quick and easy recipe that is sure to please. The base of this soup is simply beef stock.  What you add makes it hearty enough to be the meal. It is well-rounded and full of flavor. This reminds me a bit of Italian Wedding Soup […]

Soup du Jour: Smoky Turkey Lentil

smoky turkey lentil soup recipe

I blotted my eyes on my sleeve close to the shoulder to avoid any further onion tears. I looked up, startled to see my son standing there.“You OK?” he asked. “Fine.  I just got a little onion in my eyes… blasted onions.” “You’re chopping a lot of stuff.  What are you making?” “Soup.” “Oh. It smells […]