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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kielbasa Sausage and Vegetable Soup

Kielbasa Sausage and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Do you have a favorite recipe that you love to fix just for yourself? Maybe it's something the rest of your family doesn't appreciate but you couldn't care less because it sings to your soul every time you eat it. Bring on the liver and onions! Just kidding. I've never eaten that combo and don't have any plans to in the immediate future.

Well, I'm obsessed with spicy, brothy, vegetable-laden soups. And this kielbasa sausage and veggie soup is my favorite of the bunch. I've been making various versions of this recipe for the past five or six years, and first fell in love with it while attending college at UMKC. 

My younger sister and I lived together in Kansas City at the time (the Missouri side--yes, I have to make that distinction) and were both busy working + I was taking classes full time. We didn't have much time to mess around in the kitchen except for our days off and both of us were relatively new to cooking, so we made soup...a lot! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Today I'm reaching back into my post archives to resurrect one of my favorite soup recipes ever--roasted butternut squash soup with coconut milk. I posted the original recipe 2 years ago on the blog and have come a long way since then in terms of food photography. But, the recipe...well, that hasn't changed one bit. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? 

I had no intention of making any tweaks because this butternut squash soup is AH-MAZING! Seriously. I'm not just tooting my own horn.

Here's what a few commenters had to say on the original post:
"This might be the most amazing soup I've had in my 34 years on planet earth. lol. Thanks for the recipe!" - Elizabeth 
"UM. This soup is so good.. it has changed my life. I shall tell EVERYONE I know! And you were so right, it is VERY filling! Thanks so much for this brilliance!" - Christina

These are the types of comments I live for! ::gushes::

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Baked Brie with Lemon, Rosemary & Berry Jam

An easy baked brie recipe with fresh lemon zest, rosemary, and triple berry jam that you can fix in 15 minutes or less when you need a quick appetizer or snack to impress guests! Or, indulge yourself. Either works. ;)

Baked Brie Recipe with Fresh Lemon Zest, Rosemary & Triple Berry Jam

I was recently asked by the J.M. Smucker Company to create a unique recipe featuring their new Fruit and Honey Fruit Preserves since they're available in one of my local grocery stores (Kroger's). I happily obliged, since I love jams and the fact that their new product has simple real food ingredients. In return for my time and creative effort, I'm being compensated financially for this post. Thank you for allowing me to keep creating great content by supporting partnerships with brands I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Can I confess something? As much as I LOVE food and cooking, the idea of hosting a dinner party freaks me out. Don't get me wrong - I love to cook for others. Fixing a heaping plate of homemade food for someone and watching them gobble it down is one of the greatest pleasures in life. 

However, the timing and organization that goes into dinner parties stresses me out. I'm sure I'd either rush the food (which is not a good thing) or end up in the kitchen for a good chunk of the night babysitting the stove or oven, all the while missing out on quality time with my guests. Which is the whole point of inviting them over in the first place!

So if I'm having a gathering, I'd much rather serve laid back snacks like this baked brie with jam + a white wine sangria. This quick appetizer recipe has minimal prep work, only a few simple ingredients, and a short cooking time, yet still tastes fancy enough to impress friends and family. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

20+ Ideas For Using Jam That Don't Involve Peanut Butter

Ever stared into your pantry or fridge at a lonely jar of jam and wondered how to use it aside from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Look no further! Check out this post for 20 ideas for using up extra jam in both savory and sweet recipes.

20+ Ideas For Using Jam That Don't Involve Peanut Butter
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company®. Thank you for allowing me to keep creating great content by supporting partnerships with brands I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. I received compensation for creating this post; however, as always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Do you have a food you never grow tired of eating? You're probably picturing it right now, conjuring up how it looks, feels, tastes, and smells. No matter how many times you eat this particular food, it still gives you the same simple pleasure: one part happy belly, two parts fond memories, one part total comfort. A recipe for food nostalgia.

That's My Jam! (Cheesiness Intended) 

Well, fruit jam is my never-grow-tired-of-it comfort food. But it's not like I eat it by the spoonful from the jar. (Woah, talk about a sugar rush.) My favorite way to eat jam is on hot buttered toast (or an English muffin). I'll first liberally apply butter, let it start to melt, then smear the toast with strawberry jam, blackberry jam, or orange marmalade. Those are my favorites. And I always pair it with a hot beverage like cocoa, coffee, or tea. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Homemade Furniture Polish (Doubles as Dusting Spray, Too!)

Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe (Easy, Inexpensive & Non-Toxic)

Cleaning used to be one of my least favorite tasks. My younger sister can attest to this. When we lived together in Kansas City, I did all the cooking and she took care of all the cleaning. I even paid for the majority of the groceries to offset all the messes I left while popping in and out of the apartment for college classes and work. 

At the time, it seemed like a fair trade-off, although looking back now I think she got the short end of the stick. Why? Because I'm a messy person by nature (or habit), probably both! 

I tend to leave books & journals scattered about, a hodgepodge of papers piled on countertops, dirty clothes on the floor, and dishes in the sink. If you're anything like me, there's a good chance you're nodding your head right now. Sloppy person solidarity! ::fist pump::

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hot German Potato Salad

An easy German potato salad recipe with crunchy bacon, red onions, celery, and a tangy, savory, and slightly sweet apple cider vinegar and mustard sauce. Serve it piping hot straight from the stove or keep it warm in a slow cooker to feed your hungry friends and family at your next gathering.

Hot German Potato Salad
I was inspired to make hot German potato salad for the first time after visiting a German restaurant in the small town of Muenster, Texas. It's not too far a drive from my grandma's house, so my family (specifically my father and his best friend) have been frequenting it every year around Thanksgiving for practically my whole life. 

Of course, being a picky eater growing up I always opted out. Mind you, I used to hate traditional German foods like sauerkraut and mustard. Now I could eat them at every meal.