Easy Carrot and Lentil Soup with Ham

Carrot and Lentil Soup with Ham is a tasty first course or main dish soup that is easy, flavorful, nutritious and ready in about an hour.

Carrot and Lentil Soup with Ham is a tasty first course or main dish soup that is easy, flavorful, nutritious and ready in about an hour.

Lentil soup can go one of two ways. It can be the blandest, most boring soup ever. Or it can be a symphony of earthy flavors that nourishes body and soul.

And after a bit of tweaking, I have to say this is more of the latter. It starts with the smoky ham flavor and an almost imperceptible heat from some chilies and in the end, this carrot, red pepper, barely spicy, tomato lentil soup (breathe now) totally rises to the occasion.  Read more



Spring Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Spring Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are salty, sweet & crunchy—perfect for snacking or parties! Use white, milk or dark with pastel sprinkles and optional caramel!

Loaded Pretzel Rods on plate

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Some treats have a special appeal.  Things like ice cream, with it creamy sweetness and refreshing chill. Or snacks with the combination of sweet, salty and crunchy!  They’re delicious and fun.  Like these chocolate dipped pretzels–all dressed up for spring! 

Last Christmas, I made chocolate pretzel rods. Done in two flavors, Pecan Turtle and Peppermint Bark, they were a major hit. It was so much fun, I couldn’t wait to do a spring version, decorated in flower-like pastels.  Read more


Refreshing Mango Agua Fresca

Fruity and refreshing, a Mango Agua Fresca is a summer beverage that’s perfect with meals or for snacking. Fruity and refreshing, a Mango Agua Fresca is a summer beverage that's perfect with meals or for snacking.

Summer is coming! Yes, ‘tis the season for hydrating and being outdoors. Come on, isn’t it fun to sit out on a deck with a tall cool drink and watch the dragonflies buzz by!

Now instead of reaching for a soda (even a diet soda), why not have something with some benefits beyond simple hydration. Even better if you get great flavor too!

Something like a Mango Agua Fresca!   Read more


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