Butternut Squash Soup

So, since I published a “sweet” dish earlier this week, for my Twelve Weeks of Holidays series, I wanted to add a “savory” dish to the collection.  I love homemade soup during the fall.  We used to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville every Christmas, and one of the restaurants on the grounds had an amazing buffet that always included some sort of squash soup.  It was amazing, warm, velvety, slightly sweet, and was everything you’d imagine Fall tasting like…if Fall had a taste!  Continue reading “Butternut Squash Soup”

Shrimp Bisque

When my son was younger, he loved to get in the kitchen with me and cook.  He always wanted to create his own recipes by taking whatever he could find and combining the ingredients.  Then, he wanted me to taste it and tell him what I thought.  And, surprisingly, quite a few of them were pretty good.  He usually told me he was making salad… which meant anything from lettuce, cheese, bacon and honey mustard…to anything he found in the deli, vegetable and fruit drawers drenched in ranch.  One day he wanted to re-create a yummy creamy bisque we had in a restaurant.  This is what we came up with.  We used frozen shrimp because it was convenient, and it was what he loved at the time.  It’s already plenty seasoned, but if you use fresh shrimp, you will need to adjust seasonings…maybe saute some garlic with the onion in the first step, and add a bit more salt.   Continue reading “Shrimp Bisque”

Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup

In 2002 our little family moved near Birmingham to Hoover, Alabama to start a new job.  We were in an unfamiliar town with a premature infant son and quite frankly, a bit, or maybe a lot, anxious.  Truthfully, we were scared to death!  Then one day we got the neighbors’ mail delivered to our box by mistake… Continue reading “Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup”