Valarie Russell on December 15th, 2011

“Good luck will be yours when you enjoy a warm bowl of this hearty, spicy soup on New Year’s Day!” INGREDIENTS: 1 pound dry black-eyed peas (I used fresh peas we shelled this fall) 3 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced (I preferred adding this […]

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Valarie Russell on December 7th, 2011

This is the classic “French Onion” soup we know and love. With it’s cheesy, toasty top it’s decadent and delicious on a cold winter’s night. It’s much simpler to make than you might think, yet will be a special treat by all who consume it. I used our wonderful “Candy” onions for this and what […]

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Valarie Russell on October 5th, 2011

I watched Mark Bittman prepare this corn chowder on the Today Show one morning and with all the fabulous corn we had  at the farmer’s market this year, I couldn’t wait to try it. One unique step that he does that adds tons of flavor to the broth, is boil the corn cobs in the water. Our […]

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Valarie Russell on June 7th, 2011

It’s kale and new potato time at the New Albany Farmer’s Market, stop by and pick some up and you too can make this delicious soup. The following  recipe is one I found from a website called, it’s the olive garden potato/sausage/kale soup. I made this at  home and was really impressed!! This is definitely something […]

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Valarie Russell on May 30th, 2011

I promised to post a delicious vegetarian soup made with Swiss chard (kale could be used), well here is what I came up with this weekend.  I tried it out on Kenny and he seemed to like it, he loves any kind of soup and this was no exception.  I thought it tasted very good too, but I am […]

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Valarie Russell on December 16th, 2010

My husband, Kenny  loves homemade soups; he could eat them everyday.  So I’ve been experimenting with some of my fresh home canned tomatoes  trying to create a  different tomato soup.  Whatever kind of tomato soup I make Kenny always  makes grilled cheese sandwiches to eat with it,  so here is the newest creation I came up with… Ingredients 1 […]

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Valarie Russell on December 15th, 2010

This easy cheesey potato soup recipe  is perfect for when the weather forecaster is predicting a hefty snowstorm coming our way. You’ve   heard that before but you decide not to give into the panic shopping that takes place across the region.  Just take a look around your cupboard and throw this easy soup together.  You’ll be […]

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Valarie Russell on September 4th, 2010

Pasta Fagioli This is a wonderful healthy soup.  Several years ago my mother and I started taking cooking classes at the Floyd County Hospital and this was a soup that Sally Nehoff (Hospital Nutritionist) fixed for her family and shared with her class.  Since then, I  fix this at least once a month all winter . I modify the […]

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Valarie Russell on August 14th, 2010

One of the best and most successful dishes I have ever made was Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Bisque, courtesy of Epicurious and Bon Appetit. It ripped me, and subsequently many others, out of the halls of squash dislike because rather than relying on the overused habits of squash with sweetness, this soup revels in […]

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