Adding Natural Texture in the Kitchen

For the most part, my kitchen is white. Some people think a white kitchen is cold, sterile, and even boring. In my opinion, a white kitchen looks clean, bright, and airy. Don't get me wrong - I like kitchens with color in them. I just prefer to live with a white one so I can add pops of varying colors depending on my mood or the season. Lately I'm more mindful of adding texture in my home and I think natural textures are a great way to add warmth … [Read more...]

Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup

I've been on a homemade soup kick these days ... so easy to make and a great way to eat your veggies. But what's truly fulfilling is plucking vegetables straight from your very own garden and whipping up a little magic to create a fresh, organic soup. But here in Illinois, the growing season is shorter than I'd like, which means there's canning to do to preserve your jewels of the garden for enjoyment through the winter months. I was craving some … [Read more...]

Soup from Scratch: Wild Mushroom

Lately I've been playing around with soups made from scratch. In August I started with Heirloom Tomato Basil, and then I moved on to Butternut Squash Carrot Soup (do you see the seasonal trend here?). Both were pretty tasty, but I wanted to try a mushroom soup to serve for Thanksgiving. After poking around the internet, I found a Wild Mushroom Soup recipe by Ina Garten (love her!) and tweaked it a bit to my liking. So here's my version, with a … [Read more...]

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