A hearty stone soup, make magic with ingredients in your kitchen

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The classic 1947 French tale “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown, tells the story of three hungry soldiers visiting a village in search of food. When the soldiers were denied food by the villagers, they set about making a large pot of soup with three stones and water. The soldiers wondered if the soup might not be better with a few carrots. Hence, the villagers returned with an apron full of carrots. And what about, say, some cabbage… potatoes… barley?

The villagers contributed step by step, eventually turning that pot of stones into a wonderful meal, along with bread and cider, for the whole village.

I love that story, as it highlights how a few rustic ingredients from the garden can nourish the mind, body and soul. After all, is there anything quite as good as a hearty, vegetable-based soup? The story also shares the message of how you can make magic with ingredients that you have on hand.

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    Making Your BBQ Sauce With a Sweet and Spicy Twist

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    Most barbecue sauces are made with high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed ingredients that may be harmful to your health. By making your own sauce, you have control over the ingredients. This sweet and spicy sauce gives a twist on traditional pulled pork sandwiches that makes for a great 4th of July recipe that you can make ahead of time in a slow cooker.

    Although I love hosting barbecues this time of year, I find day-of cooking stressful. You can make this sauce up to 3 days ahead of time and keep it refrigerated to plan ahead. Read more… “Making Your BBQ Sauce With a Sweet and Spicy Twist”

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      Blanch Your Peas, Make a Crisp Twist on Side Salad

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      With St. Patrick’s Day and spring just around the corner, I was inspired to make one of my favorite, bright green veggie dishes this weekend: a spring pea, asparagus and mint salad. This salad includes a combination of fresh and frozen produce, is simple, packed full of flavor and filled with a powerhouse of nutrients.

      Asparagus is packed with folate and vitamin C, and contains fiber. Added to the asparagus are green peas, which are rich in vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of fiber and folate. I prefer to use as many fresh ingredients as possible, but I used frozen peas for this recipe. Fresh peas can be more difficult to find in the store, and using frozen ones can help reduce the cost of the salad. Read more… “Blanch Your Peas, Make a Crisp Twist on Side Salad”

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