Pumpkin Chowder

I called this stew a chowder because of it’s rich creamy thick broth. Traditionally chowders are made with heavy cream and have chunks of seafood. The most common being clam chowder. Nowadays there are many creative versions of chowder recipes and I’m adding one more to the clan! My Pumpkin Chowder is a rich and…

Chicken Verde Tortilla Soup

Ingredients: 4 Chicken Thighs (on the bone) 4 Corn Tortillas 3 stalks of celery 1-2 Mexican Squash (or zucchini) 1 Poblano Pepper 4 Cloves of Garlic 1 Red Onion 6 cups Chicken Stock Tomatillo Sauce Sour Cream Cilantro Heat dutch oven over high heat. When pot is hot drizzle with olive oil to coat the…

Rich and Hearty Beef Stew

Every now and then I screw up a dish or meal I’m preparing. I did that on Christmas-eve with a filet mignon roast I had picked up on sale at the market. I’m not a big fan of roasts but I figured it was filet mignon surely I can work with it. I couldn’t and…

JJ’s Minestrone Soup

Every week or two I do a little inventory on what’s in the pantry and fridge so I can restock and cook whatever I have left from catering jobs or video shoots. One of the best, yet easiest things to cook when cleaning out the fridge is Minestrone Soup. It’s never an exact science. Use…

Springtime Pollens and Soup

Spring is such a beautiful season. The earth is shedding it’s winter skin. It’s a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. It’s not great on those who suffer from allergies, however. Springtime pollens can really mess with our well being. You’re not technically sick but you feel like crap! I don’t usually suffer from allergies but…

Monkfish Chowder

This soup is incredibly delicious! A rich, velvety pot of pure love and comfort. When in need of some food love, you gotta give this a try! I used monkfish because I like the rich flavor and firm texture. It holds up perfectly in this chowder. Monkfish has been referred to as the poor mans lobster…

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Whenever family or friends are feeling under weather, I like to whip up a batch of this Chicken Noodle Soup. Pressed for time? Try using rotisserie chicken. Pull the meat from the bones and set meat aside. Use the bones in a homemade stock.    Ingredients: 6 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade), 1/2 package egg noodles,…

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

Make your chicken stock from scratch and keep it in the freezer for homemade soups or to use in rice instead of water. When you’re at the store picking up a rotisserie chicken for a quick dinner, pick up a few extra ingredients to make a stock with the leftover chicken.  It’s easy and rustic…

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

Roasting the tomatoes and garlic gives this soup an extra layer of flavor that is too die for. Make a grilled cheese with an aged or smoked cheese and you’ll have a gourmet twist on a classic meal. Ingredients: 2 pkgs grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes 1 -28 oz can crushed tomatoes 4-6 garlic cloves…

Lentil Stew w/ Cajun Sausage & Veggies

For the veggies; fresh green beans, yellow bell pepper, carrots, celery, jalapeno and garlic. For the sausage; a Cajun style andouille pre-cooked sausage. For herbs (use all or one or none!) and seasoning; fennel seed, fresh basil, dried bay leaves. salt & pepper. Of course chicken stock for the broth. 1 cup lentils pour 1…

JJ’s Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup

Corn tortillas are “the bread of Mexico”. I grew up with a Mexican grandmother and my memories of going to visit her where always filled with the delicious smells of homemade Mexican food. My granny (abuelita) settled down in Marshall, Texas. It’s up in the north east corner of Texas near the border of Louisiana….