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    Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

    The weather here in Texas is FINALLY cooling off and all I want is hot soup in a nice warm mug that I can wrap my fingers around. Something comforting, but not heavy. (Because let’s face it,  cooling temps here means it’s 70 degrees outside.) Something easy to make, because I’m still playing catch-up from the weekend. Since I have a big ole butternut squash that I need to do something with, soon… YES! Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup Ingredients: Cooking spray 1 Onion, chopped 1 large Butternut Squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cubed OR (approximately 4 cups, or 15 oz of grocery store cubed fresh squash) 1 medium red pepper,…

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    Yummy Ham and Bean Soup

    Growing up, after every nearly every holiday dinner that included a spiral-cut ham, my father made ham and bean soup. Like the turkey salad he made from the last dregs of turkey leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, it was one of those fixtures of childhood that was unique to my dad. I cooked a spiral ham for Christmas day, in part with the anticipation of turning the ham bone and some of the leftovers into a lovely warming soup. As soon as the excess meat was trimmed off, into the freezer it went until a free afternoon. There’s something soothing about making homemade soup. Simmering on the back burner, lovely scents…

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    Soup’s on – Slow Cooker Minestrone

    A bowl of soup and a grilled sandwich is probably my all-time favorite comfort food, whether I’m feeling under the weather or burrowing in on a cold day.  Recently my hubby came down with a terrible cold and just looked miserable, and I thought that a warm bowl of minestrone soup was just what he needed. I’ve been experimenting with various recipes over the years, and this is the result of my tinkering. I love cooking soup, especially when I can put it together in the morning and let it simmer all day. Other than a quick saute of fresh veggies, this is all cut and dump, if you will. My…