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Cookbook Countdown! ;-)

I’m type, type, typing…. away!!!

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I’ve made the end of February, my deadline for finishing my newest cookbook (print and Kindle/eBook versions):

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I think I can still reach my time goal; I am on the home stretch. ūüėČ

I don’t know why this particular book project has taken me sooooo long to complete.

But right now, I’m just focused on the fact that it IS almost complete and that’s a good thing! ūüôā

In the meantime, I am having a free Kindle promo this weekend for my other GGK cookbook:


The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

It will be available as a free Kindle/eBook download, all this weekend (Feb. 20-22) at:

Amazon.com, .ca, UK….


And here’s a sample soup recipe from the GGK II:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie and Sausage Gumbo…

….to get your taste-buds ready for the full collection. ūüėČ

In addition to lots of great soups in this new book/eBook, there’s a variety of side dishes to go along with them.¬†

Wish me luck for finishing “on time” and happy weekend, G¬†

On the Menu Tonight! :-)

black bean soup

Stick-To-Your-Ribs Black Bean Soup (slow cooker) with Hearty Potato Scones

Both recipes are from:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker.


I know a lot of you already have this cookbook and I hope you’ve enjoyed these particular recipes too!¬†

I had an abundance of peppers (this soup requires 2 large ones) and some leftover mashed potatoes (for the scones) in the fridge this morning, so this menu combo from the GGK came to mind. ¬†Comfort food at it’s best.

Yummm…can’t wait!ūüėČ

What’s are you making for dinner tonight?

Happy Cooking. 

On the Menu Tonight: Black/Turtle Bean Soup with Cornbread Scones

It’s another cool, grey, rainy day here in Interior BC.

I’ve got lots on the go with projects this weekend so I¬† decided to make a nice big pot of Black Bean Soup with Cornbread Scones for supper, so easy and delish.

Here’s the recipe¬†for my version of this classic bean soup.¬†It’s a little bit spicy¬†and oh so satisfying.

And a perfect warm-up dinner on a day like today.

The Cornbread Scones are a new recipe from my upcoming cookbook so that one, I can’t share (yet)! ūüėČ

What are you cooking this weekend?

Happy Cooking and Happy Weekend! ūüôā

Hooray for Soup Time!

I’ve been making a variety of favorite soup recipes lately. It’s great to get back to cooking after the long, hot summer.

¬†I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I am NOT a hot weather person.

I thought I’d share a collection of some of my favorite soups today.¬†

¬†I’ve included photos and links back to the original posts that include the recipes and readers¬†comments.

¬†Do let me know if you’ve given any or all of these a try.

It’s soup time again….and the cooking is oh so¬†easy! ūüôā

Tuscany Minestrone Soup


Tangy and Terrific Black Bean Soup 


Curried  Apple Soup



¬†Summer’s Bounty Herb and Veggie Soup



 Scotch Broth


Happy Cooking!


Sassy Sweater Mitz and ‘Soups On’ too!!!

First of all, in the¬†feline, totally too much fun, Sassy Sweater Girl category……paw-roll please!!!!!!!

Here’s the Fabulous Ms. Mitz, modelling her new (and already much-loved) sweater-vest:

Wow, I’m one tough cookie!!!!

Heh, what’s Big Paw doing in the background? This is my photo shoot……..and stop shaking the camera Meowmie!

Check out my sleek  and sexy profile!!!!

Sweater Mitz aka Warrior Queen

The Mitz actually PURRRRSSSS…..when I put on her sweater, she really does seem to like it a lot. She was not thrilled to be photographed but I did what I could, trying to get a few good poses to share.

She is purrrrfection indeed and I do believe, off the cute-o-meter as I predicted she would be, in this custom-made vest. Nothing like new duds to give any gal a lift, eh?    

Here’s the cat sweater and vest patterns again, in case you decide to give this a whirl. Who knows, your feline might surprise you too.

We really didn’t know what the Mitz’s reaction would be. Now she’s¬†‘talking’ about adding other vests and perhaps sweaters, in a variety of colors/textures to match her mood and the occasion. I do plan to make her at least one more. Her 20th birthday is coming up so that indeed is reason enough to spring for an extra-special handmade gift!

This pattern was a lot of fun, quick and easy to make and it turned out fitting perfectly, using the bit of math required in the pattern. Only change I made, I knit this vest on straight needles not circulars as suggested, so had one extra seam. Other than that, followed pattern as given. 

Do let me know if you make one for your own feline pal and what the reaction is.

Still on the feline front, saw this adorable post over at Sallee’s January 11th post¬†re: a very soft and silky area of the feline anatomy, aptly named, Bunny Thumpers.

Mr. C wanted to be included in this post too, so I am including his ahhhhem…..other good side/end.

Mr. Cheddar’s Bunny Thumpers:

And his gorgeous oh-so-clean ‘paw pads’:

Hard to believe but Mr. C is even more enamoured with the Mitz, since she became a sweater-girl. But he does draw the ‘line in the litter’ when it comes to wearing one himself..

¬†‘NO WAY MEOWMIE’¬†¬†¬†¬† LOL!!!!!

Even though it’s been sunny and almost spring-like the last few days here in interior BC, it’s still a great time of year¬†for soup.

I’ve been making several¬†soup recipes,¬†including one of my favs. from NJFV:

 Red Lentil-Veggie Soup 

I’ve been on a bit of turmeric ‘kick’ lately, trying this often forgotten spice in a number of dishes. Really adds a wonderful flavor and it’s not just about it’s gorgeous golden hue. A little goes a long way though, so don’t over-do.

I added 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric to the original recipe, also the garlic cloves and it really enhanced the taste and of course color of the hearty, quick-to-make soup.

Hope you enjoy a bowl soon (recipe at the end of this post)!

Sending Warm Wednesday Wishes to you for:

¬†Contentment, Abundance and Peace……

(that pretty well sums up, ‘all the good things’ doesn’t it?)

BFN,¬†G¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬† ūüôā

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Recipe: Curried Apple Soup


One of the many pleasures of fall are the beautiful ‘fresh from the orchard’ apples that are now available. Of course they don’t last long before starting to lose their crisp and delicious texture so must be used up fairly quickly.

 In addition to making apple: pies, butters, crisps and good old baked; this is one of my favorite ways to use up some of the abundant fall crop. Tangy colorful and something a bit different for supper or lunch. Hope you will enjoy this luscious soup soon.     

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Another Great Potato Soup


It‚Äôs been very cold here on the Prairies, certainly nothing new for February, which means a lot of time¬†spent indoors. On the plus side, it’s also a great time to¬†get into the kitchen to try some new recipes and old favorites, particularly soups, stews, breads and other cold weather comfort recipes.

Today I am featuring a really delicious potato soup from my cookbook, rich and creamy, a meal in a bowl. You can add a Cheddar muffin (recipe to follow soon) or just some toast on the side, if you are really ravenous!! By using Yukon Gold potatoes this time, the soup was even tastier and a rich golden color instead of the usual ‚Äúwhiter version‚ÄĚ that results from regular potatoes. Hope you enjoy this soup and keep warm, wherever you are‚Ķ


3 T. butter
6 medium potatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 large stalks celery, chopped (use leaves too)
2 medium carrots, chopped
4 C. vegetable soup stock
1/8- ¬Ĺ teas. each sea salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
1  T. crushed dried thyme leaves

1 ¬Ĺ¬† T. cornstarch,¬†¬Ĺ C. milk or soy milk, 1/2 C. regular or low-fat sour cream


In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium heat.

Add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the stock and seasonings and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are very soft.

   Yukon gold!!!!           the other veggies


While soup is cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until very smooth.Add the sour cream mixture to soup and simmer gently over low heat  for 1-2 more minutes to thicken slightly.

Time to simmer……¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† and to savor!!!!!


 Remove soup from heat and blend with a food processor, to desired consistency. Adjust seasonings.

Top each serving with grated Cheddar cheese and/or parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

 Makes 6  servings
Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking the Meatless Way