Cheese Tortellini Soup with Cannellini, Kielbasa, and Kale

Nemo has been a great help this weekend in allowing me to vegetate on the couch.  After catching some kind of sickness, I have done absolutely nothing over the past couple of days other than sleep, watch movies, and drink a lot of chicken broth.  Unfortunately, today is Sunday.  That means I have to actually get off the couch and be at least a little productive.  This is one of my mom’s recipes, perfect for when you are feeling sick or just hankering for something really amazing to eat.

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Whole Meyer Lemon Bars

My ridiculously shaped Meyer lemon tree fell over yesterday.  The lemons hanging precariously on that lanky branch must have weighed too much and all of a sudden it just tipped right over!  I put the tree upright, picked those lemons, and clipped half of the branch off.  Although it spilled dirt all over the carpet, I was kind of glad I could finally cut back the branch (I didn’t want to trim it before the lemons were ripe).  Now hopefully it will grow in a more civilized manner.  In the mean time, I have four beautiful Meyer lemons ready to be eaten.  This tasty recipe uses a whole lemon, rind and all.

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Chicken, Corn, and Butter Bean Soup

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Soup Party!  To scare away winter doldrums my mom hosts a soup party to bring friends and family together.  Everyone brings their best soup and leaves with a full belly.  After the tasting, votes are cast for the best soup of the year and a trophy is awarded.  The same trophy is used year after year and the winner’s name is written on the back.  This year I made an award winning Chicken, Corn, and Butter Bean Soup! P

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Spasagna

Meet Spasanga; the descendent to stringy spaghetti and saucy lasagna.  Spasagna is the culmination of creamy alfredo, squiggly noodles, and meaty marinara, all baked in the oven and topped with more cheese.  If you are a ricotta lover, which I am not, you could add it to the spaghetti making it more lasagna-esque.  Overall, this dish whips up in a flash and tastes incredible.

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Butternut Squash and White Bean Stew

A week into the New Year – holiday eating has resided and resolutions are still going strong.  I have been requested by my dear friend Dominique to post a healthy recipe.  In fact, she has requested that from now on I only post healthy recipes.  As tempting as that sounds, I can’t do that.  However, I can post a few and to start 2013 off right here is a healthy Butternut Squash and White Bean Stew.  With zero grams of fat and loaded with fiber and antioxidants, butternut squash is definitely a power food.  Add to that the white bean;  rich in slow-digesting carbohydrates, protein, and even more fiber.  This healthy dish is sure to keep any New Year resolution going strong.

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