Pork Chili Verde

Pork Chili Verde

I mentioned a stew dish I made in this post.  Well, here it is.  It’s my first chili verde and it was delicious! I think the homemade salsa verde really shined through here.  I mean, you can use store bought salsa but it’s worth making it from scratch and it took no time to make!

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Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

We’ve been having sporadic rain here the last couple of weeks.  It would be gorgeous and sunny one day and the next —rain and wind! So I decided to make a pot of chicken stew (I always have boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my freezer) to warm our bellies.  When I made this, I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t bother cutting my chicken into pieces but feel free to do so if you prefer small pieces instead.  If you are not into beans, potatoes would also work well.  It’s the perfect meal to curl up on the couch with on a cold and miserable day.

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Sausage and Cannellini Bean Minestrone

Sausage and Cannellini Bean Minestrone

I’m starting to come around when it comes to Minestrone soups.  I’ve made this version several times with wonderful results.  The original recipe calls for ground beef but you can substitute with sweet Italian sausage, which is what I have done here.  Or spicy Italian sausage if you prefer your soup with a kick.  My butcher carries a variety of sausages; turkey, chicken and even Chorizo.  If you don’t care for sausages, pancetta would work well too.  I like to pair my soups with grilled cheese sandwiches or Panini.  Although garlic bread or any homemade savory bread would be delicious.

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Winter Minestrone

Winter Minestrone

I wasn’t big on minestrone soups before only because most of them are thin and there isn’t a whole lot of anything in the soup.  This recipe however, changed my feelings towards minestrone soups.  One of my favorite recipes —this soup is hearty and has loads of veggies.  The pancetta in here is a nice touch to this soup.  Perfect on a cold night.  I served it with grilled ham and cheese sandwich —it really hits the spot!

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