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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spicy Zuppa Toscana (Potato and Sausage) Soup

An easy recipe for one of the best potato soups on the planet: Zuppa Toscana (a.k.a. creamy potato and sausage soup)! This "copycat" version is spicier and cooked longer than the original Olive Garden soup, which makes it thicker & heartier without relying on flour. Make a batch today and your belly will thank you!
Spicy Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Have you ever heard of Zuppa Toscana soup? It's a super popular potato and sausage soup served at Olive Garden. People go bonkers for it, and because of this obsession, there are tons of copycat recipes floating around the interwebz. Chances are you've tried it or (at the very least) seen it.

Even though I'd never had the restaurant version, I started craving it like mad a little over a month ago. I blame it on the huge bowls of piping hot potato soup that kept appearing in my Pinterest feed! That and I was really intrigued by the idea of a creamy soup getting most of its flavor from spicy Italian sausage. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Recipes On The Rising Spoon in 2016

I've rounded up the most popular posts published on The Rising Spoon in 2016! These recipes had the highest number of visitors and shares on social media in the past year, so if you haven't tried them is a good time! 

Top 10 Most Popular Recipes On The Rising Spoon in 2016

Every year when I get the opportunity to look back at what I've created on The Rising Spoon, I feel tremendously grateful to my readers. Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog, leave a comment, share a post, and a start conversation on social media. I mean it!

The positive feedback I've received in messages, emails, and comments + the online relationships I've built are what motivates me to keep learning, creating & sharing, all the while growing this community of like minded folks interested in real food recipes, non-toxic DIY products & natural living tips.

In 2015, I shared lots of DIY crafts here on the blog (I was kind of obsessed at the time), but in 2016 my passion steered back toward food again. I bought a copy of The Food Photography Book and used tips from it to improve the lighting, clarity, and composition of my shots. 

I still have tons left to read (it's a HUGE book with lots of specific & practical info), but so far it's helped me step up my photography game so I can better tell the story of my recipes in a visual medium. That's so important because y'all can't smell or taste the food through your screen! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

An Easy Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup made on the stovetop using simple ingredients in about 90 minutes. This recipe uses a whole cooked chicken, as well as fresh veggies & herbs, all of which add a ton of extra flavor to the soup. It's creamy, thick & hearty--perfect for any time you're craving comfort food or need a hot meal to warm your belly. 

Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
(Just to let you know, today's post is sponsored by the kind folks at Reames®.)

I've been obsessed with creamy soups lately. It all started a few weeks ago when the temperatures dipped into the 40s, which put me into full on hibernate-and-eat-all-the-warm-things mode. The sky was gray aaaaaaaall day long and despite having cranked up the heat, I just couldn't keep warm. My body started craving comfort food, so I knew soup was in order. 

After browsing Pinterest for awhile, I settled on a homemade Zuppa Toscana (potato & sausage) soup. I then asked my real life friends on Facebook if they had any favorite ways to fix it, got some really helpful responses, and ran to the store to grab the rest of the ingredients. I made it later that night and it turned out ahhhh-mazing. Creamy, savory, and totally comforting. We ate the leftovers for dinner the next night, and then two days later I fixed it AGAIN!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips {Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free}

Easy flourless peanut butter cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and sweetened with maple syrup. These cookies are incredibly soft, full of rich peanut butter flavor, and they develop a wonderful chewiness the day after baking them

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

Come early December, sweet treats are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Cookies, candies, cakes, pies...pretty much anything you can think of with a holiday spin. It takes an iron willpower to resist all of 'em. 

I'm usually able to limit my intake by never making sweet treats at home (unless it's something like homemade toffee that's getting packaged up quickly for a holiday gift). 

Why? As I've mentioned here many times before, if I fix a whole batch goodies at home, I'll be the only one to eat them...and too quickly at that.

True fact about me: If I know there are sweets in the house (the only exception is bar chocolate) then my brain goes into devious let's-rationalize-why-we-deserve-the-sweet-thing-right-this-second-all-throughout-the-day mode.
Because of this, it makes way more sense for me to a buy dessert by the slice or individual serving from a bakery when a craving strikes. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY Chai Vanilla Sugar Scrub

An easy homemade sugar scrub recipe you can make in minutes with simple ingredients like cane sugar, grapeseed oil, chai tea, vanilla extract, honey, and essential oils. Apply this warm & cozy scrub to your body after a long day and you'll feel pampered in no time!

DIY Chai Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to pamper yourself? Try a homemade sugar scrub! They're a must-have in the wintertime if your skin gets dry and needs exfoliation. Which is most of the United States and Canada this time of year, am I right? Southern California and Florida don't count. ;)

My favorite way to use sugar scrubs is in the shower. You simply massage the sugar all over your body (I even do it on my face), let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off. Rubbing it across your body helps to improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system all the while sloughing off dead skin via the grainy sugar. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

20 Tried-and-True Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Want to serve the best recipes at your Thanksgiving meal? These are some of my tried-and-true dishes that I've been fixing for the past few years. My family loves them and I hope yours will, too!
20 Tried-and-True Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Lemme guess: you're trying to plan your Thanksgiving menu ahead of time and want to find the best recipes to serve or bring to the Thanksgiving day feast. There are loads of Thanksgiving recipe round-ups practically everywhere these days, but most of them are just curated lists of dishes that look good

In other words, the person sharing them hasn't tried most, if any, of the recipes. These types of recipe collections are awesome for inspiration when you want to try one or two new dishes and you don't have anything riding on your success. 

But, let's say you're hosting your first ever Thanksgiving feast and are responsible for most of the cooking. Or, you're attending a feast at someone else's home and are in charge of bringing a specific dish that's a family favorite.
No room for screw ups, eh?