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Posts Tagged ‘soup

04 Apr, 2014

My personal history with mushrooms. And a recipe.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I had a sudden craving for mushroom soup and it couldn’t be from a can. So I made a version of this recipe today. It turned out pretty good; earthy and real, with a breath of woodland forest. If you like mushrooms I think you’ll like it too. – True story. My parents were born and raised […]

27 Feb, 2014

A bowl of comfort and love

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

I’ve been feeling a bit like a crazy mama this week, working/writing/planning to the point of Total Brain Explosion. And then there’s the weather! Holy crap. I’ve had it up to *here* with the deep freeze. CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY. The cold has been downright paralyzing. And this kind of paralysis demands easier meals and […]

24 Apr, 2013

Kicking up the ramen!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I know it’s not good for me but I have a weakness for ramen noodle soup. It contains all kinds of crap that I try to avoid – palm oil, hydrogenized stuff, and sometimes MSG – but I’ve been trying to kick it up a notch and make it a little healthier for myself. Here’s how.

01 Feb, 2013

Good Eats Friday: The Winterlude edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

That means it’s time for another instalment of Good Eats Friday. I thought this week it’d be a good idea to post a recipe or two that will give our families some good GET UP ‘N GO. You know, because it’s Winterlude and we all need as much GET UP as we can muster.

11 Jan, 2013

The cheapest soup to make

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, mostly because: a) I like soup. b) I like to save money. When I make my own soup I often marvel at how inexpensive it is to pull it off. It doesn’t take a long time, and it’s almost always pretty good tasting too. :) […]


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