December 24, 2013

Spinach Seafood Bisque

This has become a favorite side dish to complement a special meal. Depending upon where you live and what is easily accessible (and affordable), you may choose shrimp, crawfish, or lump crab meat for this dish. Or you could combine all three! Now that we live in the midwest, fresh seafood, “imported” from the Gulf Coast, is our Christmas-time treat!

January 19, 2013

Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This is a repost, but I thought I’d share it again with some of my newer readers…
Okay folks, this one is going in the “keeper” file at our house. Emma and I whipped up this soup last night for our Sunday night supper tonight. Yum! Healthy, easy to make, and delicious! Enjoy!
1/2 C. chopped shallots
2 T. chopped fresh garlic

November 6, 2011

Mexican Green Tomato Garlic Soup

Fall is here and winter is on its way. Today we harvested the last of our garden and prepared the ground for next year. Now, what to do with all the wonderful green tomatoes and peppers? Tonight we made this Tex-Mex inspired soup and served it with corn bread and a salad. Everyone said it was a keeper, so I thought I’d share the recipe while I remembered what all we …

October 10, 2011

Chicken Pickin’

In the McDonald household, “Chicken Pickin’” time is a highly valued family tradition. Basically, it’s the time when children (especially those who look like they need a “job”) are chosen to gather around the table (little children too) to “pick” chicken meat off the bones after making rich, homemade chicken stock. When it’s all finished, we bag up the shredded chicken, put the rich, golden broth in mason jars and store …

August 5, 2010

Stacy’s Tomato Basil Soup


When my older children were young, there was a particular restaurant in Houston I loved to visit just for their tomato basil soup. Theirs seemed to be a perfect combination of robust tomato, mellowed by butter and rich cream. It was perfectly topped with fresh parmesan and chopped fresh basil. They even sold jars of …