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Sweet Potato Chiplote Bisque

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The last time I posted this soup, I was whining, because the weather was in the 60s and going to drop to the 50s.  Right now it is 50 degrees and going lower.  Tomorrow will be even colder.  This is our winter right now.  So what better than a bowl of Sweet Potato Chipotle Bisque?  Pure comfort food for Jim and me!

Enjoy!

Marcey

 

Jim and I have been hibernating today.  The after effects of Hurricane Patricia are still with us.  Who would have thunk that a hurricane in the Pacific would have this big an impact?  It’s been raining since early yesterday morning.  We go a lot of rain.  Not the 18 inches that had been expected.  But a good amount.  Overall, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  Some flash flood warnings.  If you are smart, you just stay home.

One good thing that happened was that with all the heavy winds, most of the dead fronds came off my palm trees.  Those trees is about 50 feet tall and still growing.  I had been planning on getting my tree guy to come and clean off the tree for winter.   Not now.

With the rains the temperature is dropping.  It’s about 66 now and will get a lot cooler.  Jim just told me that the wind was 37 miles per hour.  This is not our usual October weather.  It is definitely soup weather.  I pulled out my recipe for Sweet Potato Chiplote Bisque.  I have been making this soup for awhile.  I actually do it in the summer.  It is such a great soup.  I love the sweetness of the potato with the kick from the chipotle pepper. 

I originally got the recipe from Creative TV’s show ‘Vegan Mashup’.  So yes, this is all vegan.  You can use regular dairy products and it will turn out fine.  Later I found the recipe on line at The Vegan Latina. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Meat Substitutes Even You Might Like!

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At this time of year, people are making big changes in their life.  Or at least resolutions to change.  Lets lose some weight.  Change  a relationship.  A lot of people have decided to become vegetarians/vegans.  For a lot of people who are use to a meat based diet, they are at a loss as to where to start.  And there is the question of what to eat instead of meat.  Here is an article I posted last year that might help you make the transition easier.
Hope this helps!
Marcey
Some times I miss the meat meals  we use to eat.  A great cheese burger.  Pulled pork.  Chicken wings.  Do you ever feel like that?  Well The Cheat Sheet has some substitutes that might satisfy you.

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It’s January~Diet Time!

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Last night, we went to a church meeting.  We pulled into the parking lot and it was packed.  Yikes!  Our meeting wasn’t that exciting, so what was happening?  Well.  It turned out that it was the first meeting of Weight Watchers for 2017.  Everyone is ready to get rid of the excess poundage that the holidays brought.

This morning I saw that Good Morning America had a segment on weight loss diets that experts like.  Here are the 7 best diets

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Spicy Sushi Bowl — Vega Table

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I am a sushi fanatic.  Before I became a vegetarian, I use to love going out for sushi after work.  When I did become a veg head, I thought that I would never eat this again.  However, a few years back, The Sky Bar opened up on the island.  It was an indian/sushi bar restaurant.  What a combination?

They have lovely vegan sushi.  Along with their vegetarian spring rolls, the sky bar is my place that I go for special treats or celebrations.  I happened on this post today.  A sushi bowl.  Yummy.  And a lot of the ingredients are similar to the sushi I get at the restaurant.  I have got to try this.  And soon!

Enjoy!

Marcey

 

This Spicy Sushi Bowl is definitely worthy of my first post of 2017 . . . I can’t believe I haven’t shared this yet! This was one of my favorite lunches I meal prepped a few months back . . . the flavors were so different than what I usually eat for lunch, it made […]

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Homemade Ranch Dressing for a Well-Dressed Salad

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I have a kid who goes through ranch dressing like ketsup! Oops, I mean he uses ranch like ketsup. He puts it on burgers. Eggs. Baked potatoes. Anything!

Go figure. Though I realize that I had food quirks that drove my mom nuts when I was a kid. And no. I am not telling you what they were. I guess this is some form of payback?

Well! This recipe looks wonderful. I am definitely going to give this a try. Sneak it in somehow!

Enjoy!
Marcey

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The best-dressed salads, steamed and roasted vegetables, pasta and even nachos are all wearing homemade ranch dressing: It ain’t an American classic for nothing. Add jalapeno, chipotle, roasted garlic or finely minced kimchi to up the ante.

The best-dressed salads, steamed and roasted vegetables, pasta and even nachos are all wearing homemade ranch dressing: It ain't an American classic for nothing. Add jalapeno, chipotle, roasted garlic or finely minced kimchi to up the ante.

You know the saying, “Manners maketh man”? Well, it is my firm belief that dressings maketh salad. This might not be strictly true, but dressings and sauces can certainly be deal-breakers.

Dressings and sauces are the pearl necklace, Louboutins, or Hermes scarf to a simple salad. Or they should be. It’s that just-so accoutrement that if got wrong ruins the whole look – or taste, but if spot-on is dead-right. And not showy about it. Plain iceberg with a fab homemade dressing will always beat a fancy plate of heritage this and thats dressed with emulsifier- and thickener-filled shop bought. Always.

Making your own dressing or sauce – this one does double duty – is…

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Apple Pie Muffins One Taste & You Are Hooked!

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A repost of a recipe I did last year!

Now that it is starting to cool down here on the Gulf Coast, I am starting to thingk about baking again.  I don’t know about you, but even with the air conditioning I don’t feel like baking too much.  Between the heat and the humidity, it gets kind of oppressive. We are back in the 80’s so it time to make some goodies again.

Here are my apple pie muffins.  These are favorites for Sunday breakfast.

 

Enjoy!

Marcey

In Illinois, my sister-in-law and I would go apple picking in August or September.  We would come back with bushel backs of them.  We would make everything from apple sauce to apple j…

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Lemon poppyseed cake recipe

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From The Hungry Mum!

 

This looks like a beautiful cake! The yellow of the crumb and dots of poppy seed. I especially love the crunchiness that the poppy seeds give to dishes. I am definitely making this for our weekend!

Enjoy!
Marcey

the hungry mum

lemon poppyseed loaf cake

After a yet another raid on my mother-in-law’s lemon trees I knew a citrus cake would be in order. These lemons she grows are unlike anything I’ve ever bought: juice, plump and plenty of gorgeous flesh just begging to be grated into a sweet treat.

We have planted several citrus trees but they didn’t get the memo that they are actually meant to produce fruit. Instead they are barren, spindly looking things that need to have a long, hard look at themselves

This lemon poppyseed cake is always a hit, wherever it goes. I’ve made it many, many times and even non-cake eaters always want a slice.

I was inspired by the recipe in my beloved but now MIA cookbook Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes. Without this book I am bereft. I vaguely recall lending it to someone but I can’t recall who. If it was you, please boomerang…

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