New Soup recipe – 4 Cheese Broccoli Potato Soup

Wow! Where has the time gone! It has been a long while since I have posted, and really, has anyone missed me??!

With the fall around the corner, I am in total soup mode!

I had some potatoes from the farmers’ market I needed to use. So I decided to play around in the kitchen and I am working on this recipe. Of course, the broccoli was not from my farmers’ market but a lot of the other ingredients did. So, this recipe is a work in progress.

I will list the ingredients but not able to give the exact measurements since I am still toying with it to make it the best or at least good!

The ingredients:

potatoes ~ a few different varities but I think I will go with Yukon gold when I perfect the recipe; broccoli; cream cheese (which will change to plain Chevre), sharp cheddar, colby blend, and mozzarella; red onion; LOTS of garlic; milk; and curry.



Farmer’s market goodies

A hazy, cooler morning made for a good visit to the farmer’s market this morning. A few of my favorites were missing today, though, Feel better, Christopher!! I still managed to bring home some real goodies!

I managed to stop by Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar too. I made it out of there with only 2 bottles of olive oil and 1 bottle of balsamic vinegar.


No Bake Energy Bites and more hummus!

These energy bites are so delish and so easy to make! I try to keep them on hand. I found them online at spry living. Here is the link for the recipe:


Of course I made adjustments. The recipe calls for ground flax seed, but I do not have any, so I have omitted that. I also add dried cranberries. I add about a handful or so, so I really do not know the exact measurement.


Ah! Hummus! I posted earlier the recipe for Spinach Hummus.  I made another batch but I substituted roasted red pepper for the spinach.

Set oven to broil, and cut  one red  pepper into quarters, brush with olive oil ( I used Tuscan herb infused olive oil) and sprinkled with sea salt. Broiled until edges are browned.  Once cooled, I diced the peppers, then followed the recipe for the Spinach hummus.


I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

Farmer’s Market and Flowers

As many people do, I look forward to Saturday’s! And that is because I start my day at the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market. I do go rain or shine, warm or cold.  I began this Saturday ritual about 4 years ago!

So, my essentials from this past Saturday includes some greens, cheese, chocolate and most importantly FLOWERS! And the flowers are what got me to be a regular at the market. My first stop is always Waterdog Farms20160423_10132420160423_11062420160423_110641

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Another recipe I found on Vegetarian 24/7!

Creamy Tortellini Soup

This was so good!! And did not take too long to make.  I only made a few adjustments. Go to link for all directions. I do print out the recipes so I can write down my adjustments .

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced *** i used 6 cloves ***
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning – ***surprisingly i did not have this so i used a rosemary garlic seasoning***
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼-cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 package (12-ounces) frozen tortellini -*** i used Butoni Spinach and Ricotta tortellini and the only one left at my grocery was a 20 oz pkg and i used all of it***
  • 1 bag (5-ounces) fresh baby spinach -*** i had regular spinach from my farmer’s market ***
  • 1 cup cream OR milk OR half-and-half (I use 2% milk)

**And I added some sliced mushrooms!


Spinach Hummus


Whenever I have hummus I always think of that “Friends” episode with Phoebe getting “the hummus”. And today, I made my first hummus, and it will not be my last! It was so easy!! It was not too long ago that the thought of eating hummus was gross!

I found this recipe on Vegetarian 24/7.

Spinach Hummus

Try it out! It is really good.

And as some of you know, I do not follow directions all that well. This recipe called for adding some olive oil after the processing, I added to the processing! I used  Roasted Almond infused Olive Oil. It gives a bit of a nutty flavor to the hummus.


Farmer’s market and flowers!

Saturday’s!!! I look forward to them. Not only is it the weekend but I get to go to the farmer’s market. And I am very lucky to live extremely close to mine….right across the street! I have met some truly amazing people there! I can not sing their praises enough.

My essential items this week are spinach, beer, cheese, and my much beloved flowers. The spinach will be used in 2 recipes I will be trying out today – Spinach hummus and Creamy Tortellini Soup.