soups, stews, chilies chowders and such

…soups, stews, chilis, chowdahs and such

Savory Braised Oxtail Stew with herbs and prunes

Savory Braised Oxtail Stew with Herbs and Prunes

Chilly winter days make us want to throw something hearty and comforting in a big ol’ pot and let it slowly simmer for hours, filling the house with the enticing smell of what’s to come. This stew is a bit spicy, subtly sweetened by the prunes, with many layers of flavor.

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Miss Velma's Soup

Ms. Velma’s Soup

This simple soup is my favorite when I was just good homemade soup. I prefer chicken in my soup, and just a few veggies. You can make on stove-top, or low and slow in your crock pot too. Nothing is exact here… measurements are just close guesstimates.

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Buttermilk Bisque With roasted turnips, pears and leeks

Buttermilk Bisque… with roasted turnips, pears and leeks

Warm up from the inside out with this creamy, “winter white” soup. Or serve it chilled! Roasting the produce adds another layer of flavor, and even turnip-haters will find those root veggies tasty. Serve with cornbread and cracklins.

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Sweet Potato Hushpuppies

Crispy-on-the-outside and moist-in-the-middle, these hushpuppies featuring NC sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish all sorts of soups, chowders, salads…. or just by themselves drizzled with honey!

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Creamy Fall (or anytime) Clam Chowder

Don’t wait until fall to cook up a pot of this flavorful creamy clam chowder. And be sure to fry up a batch of Sweet Potato Hushpuppies to enjoy alongside it too.

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Wendy’s Spaghetti Sauce… finally on “paper!”

“The BEST spaghetti sauce!” That’s what my family and friends call this… make several gallons at the time to eat anytime! Great to “gift” and especially appreciated “funeral food” when grieving folks have been giving away all the boxes of fried chicken dropped off! Maybe I should rename it to Funeral Spaghetti! Just make some…

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