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Root Veggies! Don’t Ya Just ‚ô• Them? ;-)

Autumn root vegetables

I SURE DO!!! ūüėČ

And here are some of my fav ways to prepare and serve these oh,so yummy “gems” from the fall harvest!¬†


Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake with My (NOT Too Sweet) Cream Cheese Icing

My favorite cake, no contest!

Russian Beet Borscht

Just add dark rye bread and you’re good to go! ūüėČ


German Sauerkraut Feast 

One of my fav slow cooker recipes from the Groovy Green Kitchen I.

I make this one a lot. Quick to prepare, hearty and delicious. 

And, it includes: onions, garlic and potatoes: all fav rooties! ūüôā

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

A delish and elegant salad; brimming with flavor!

Sweet Potato Lasagna

A twist on traditional lasagna, again from the slow cooker. Hearty and delish!


Harvest vegetable photo, courtesy of FLICKR

On the Menu: Tangy Barley Buttermilk Soup


It was a perfect “soup day” yesterday, here in BC. ūüôā

There was a bit of chill in the air, intermittent drizzle….so I got busy and made a big pot of:¬†Tangy Barley Buttermilk Soup along with some:¬†Sausage, Cheese and Thyme Muffins.¬†What a yummy and oh so satisfying dinner it was! ūüôā

GGK II cover (front )

I’ve shared the complete soup recipe below, this one is from the Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups.

The muffins are from volume I of:¬†The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker.¬†They were perfect with this luscious, cream soup. ūüėČ


I hope you’ll enjoy a bowl (or two) soon!

Happy Cooking and Week!

PS: Yes, the cover of the GGK I has been updated.I also did some work on the interior photos to improve the overall presentation. If you have a copy already, an update would be available from Amazon. If you need any further info. about this, just send me an email (see contact page).


Tangy Barley Buttermilk Soup

This soup was inspired by a recipe from the first edition of the ground-breaking book: Diet for a Small Planet. My updated version adds garlic and herbs but leaves out the butter.

I also recently “tweaked” the seaonings a bit, adding some from Splendor Garden (certified organic, gotta ‚ô•¬†that,¬†and¬†they added a wonderful flavor and color boost to the soup). Serves 6.

-¬ĺ C. pearl or pot barley

-3 T. vegetable or olive oil

-1 large (preferably sweet) onion, diced

-2-4 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)

-2 teas. bouquet garni seasoning or GGK Herbal Blend Seasoning (GGK seasoning recipe is in the book)

-1-2 teas. dried chives (to taste)

-¬ľ – ¬Ĺ teas. freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

-1-2 teas. Splendor Garden Organic All-Purpose Seasoning SF OR Splendor Garden Organic Lemon Pepper Seasoning

-5 C. vegetable soup stock

-2 C. regular or low-fat buttermilk

-Optional garnishes: finely chopped fresh parsley or chives and/or additional sprinkle of Splendor Garden seasoning blend

Thoroughly rinse and drain barley, set aside.

In a large soup pot, heat vegetable oil over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add herbs, black pepper, Splendor Garden seasoning and the barley and stir to combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Cover and steam over MEDIUM-LOW heat for 5 minutes to release flavors and slightly toast barley. (Hint: be careful not to burn the barley, stir at least a couple of times)

Add vegetable soup stock, cover and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to LOW and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until barley is cooked but not mushy.

Add buttermilk to soup and simmer for 2-3 additional minutes, just to heat through.

Adjust seasonings if required. Garnish and serve.

Wednesdays, Guest Post: Geraldine Helen Hartman

Thanks to my pal, Carl at: I Know I Made You Smile, for sharing this press release and contact info re:
The Groovy Green Kitchen II
Happy Cooking and Mid-Week, G ūüôā

I Know I Made You Smile



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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. 

Recipe: Curried Apple Soup

**I’m just getting over a cold¬†and¬†soup is the only thing I¬†crave to eat right now.**

Hope you enjoy this encore post for one of my fav autumn soups.

Fall is a great time of year for all kinds of apple recipes and this soup is a bit different, with the addition of curry. 

Now I’m off to take a nap. I don’t “do sick” often or well. :<(



One of the many pleasures of fall are the beautiful ‚Äėfresh from the orchard‚Äô apples that are now available. Of course they don‚Äôt 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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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‚Äôs soup time again‚Ķ.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!


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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!


More Snow…with hats to wear and soup to share!

As I mentioned before, it took leaving the Canadian Prairies to find out just how much I really do like snow!!!!

NOT the¬†COLD temperatures, I don’t miss that part of winter¬†at all, just the snow…

Of course, the weather gods seem to be more conducive to providing piles of the fluffy white stuff, when it is COLD but that certainly is a relative thing.

Minus 10C, no problemo….minus 70C with the windchill, no thank you, EVER AGAIN.¬† ūüėČ

I’ve also been reading about the¬†wild winter¬†weather down in the U.S. at several blogs, including: Annie’s, Opal’s and Sallee’s to name but¬†three.

Snow and ice and wicked winds prevailed……

On the plus side….a good time to break out all those gorgeous hand knit socks, scarves and mitts! Better yet, stay home and knit up a storm inside!!!

Back to my own version of the ideal winter scene….

A generous (more than a dusting) of freshly fallen untouched¬†snow. Christmas card¬†perfect. Minimal wind. And the opportunity to enjoy winter’s wonderland, before it’s all gone¬†again.

Hope you enjoy some more winter pics. complete  with plenty of snow.

Also, some of my recent craft creations including another charity hat and one for Joe. Along the way, I found a very nice selection of hat patterns via some of the knitting blogs, some of them I have shared below.

A hat on a snowy day is a very good thing.¬† ūüėČ

And to unthaw after a long walk, what could be better than some piping hot soup. I’ll finish off with a photo and recipe for¬†an ideal “soup¬†for a frosty week”…. Tuscany Minestrone Soup.

First, the wintery view from my kitchen window:

A snowy pathway, heading ¬†to the park….

The park by the lake, a winter wonderland…

The pigeons were enjoying it too….

Birds on a wire….

While others¬†decided it was a good time to study their distant relatives…

No skating on the lake though….

On to hats…Here’s the latest one I made for my charity knitting project.¬†This¬†will complete a¬† children’s set with the mittens I had completed in January:

Same hat pattern, just bigger, this time for Joe:

Made his with some beige tweed, Alafoss Lopi, from my rapidly dwindling stash. This was leftover yarn from the cardigan I am also knitting for Joe.

Boohooohoooo…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ūüė¶¬†

Alas and a¬†LACK of FO!!! This sweater is still not finished (it’s been in the works for over a year)¬†but getting there, only the zipper and side seams to complete. Yikes, I think I missed Christmas on this one….sorry Joe! I did make lots of other nice presents though….

This¬†very easy¬†hat pattern, was found via Mary Anne’s blog: Miss Woolly Knits. She features many excellent patterns for smaller projects on her blog, including this lovely cabled hat and also these gorgeous handwarmers that she just completed.¬†

A great place to stop by, Mary Anne usually posts once a week, on Fridays (kinda like me!) and it’s always a pleasure to stop by and check out what she’s been working on and to enjoy¬†the lovely nature photos and poetic quotes¬†she usually also shares.

Another great hat pattern, this time from Crazy Aunt Purl’s for a very easy and versatile¬†beret that is elegant and tres chic. Check out the photos on this one, the girls look fab, the guys (you read that right)¬†are a hoot!!!

Along with this pattern, take a browse around Crazy Aunt Purl’s if you are in need of some real laughs, you won’t be disappointed. It’s no wonder she has so many comments (281 on one post recently!) this is one funny knit-crazed gal!!!

In case the pattern link doesn’t go to that particular pattern(I was having a problem with linking) the beret was¬†featured in her¬†January 31st post.

Last but certainly not least in the hat pattern finds, this one featured at Beth’s – Felt Like Knitting, the absolutely scrumptious Foliage Hat. Isn’t this a beauty? And Beth, you certainly did a great job of yours, loved the¬†gorgeous blue¬†you picked for this¬†design, a LOT!!!

That’s all for hats, at least¬†for now. I’ve been really making some progress on the stash-busting knitting and crocheting, but I’ll leave my other projects for another post. Suffice to say, my ‘hat mode’ will not be continue forever, but what a great little project they make!!!

Here’s the soup recipe and photo,¬†as promised. Hope it helps to warm you up, after¬†a¬†trek in the great outdoors.

Wishing you a wonderful, abundant week¬†!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬† ūüôā

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10 Fav. Food Photos, plus…..

As one of my numerous new year’s projects, I’ve been trying to sort through and tidy up my many, many….¬†files, emails and photos online.

Thought it might be fun to pick out my 10 fav. food photos (from the ones I’ve personally taken of my own recipes, since I started blogging) and turn it into a post.

So, here are¬†the tasty results. I’ve included links to each of the recipes too, in case a particular photo or two inspires you to head to the kitchen! Do let me know if that’s the case.

A big thanks to Jade over at Applejade for helping me figure out the photo¬†imprint ???’s¬† I had fun playing with the Microsoft’s ‘bucket of¬†paint’ yesterday too, LOL!

¬†Happy cooking and wishing you all an abundant week!¬†¬†¬† ūüôā

Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-Fry

 Russian Beet Borscht

 Bread-machine Rosemary Flax Buns

Marinated Bean Salad

Summer’s Bounty, Veg and Herb Soup

Yummy Mac and Cheese, with a Twist

 Veggie Pizza Scones

Simple Pleasures: Tea, Homemade Jam and Toast 

Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

Another Great Potato Soup and Potato Scones