Zesty Mexican Chicken Stew with Sweet Hominy, and Getting a Little Pep Back into Our Step

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Just as a zesty Mexican chicken stew with sweet hominy has that definite zip and boldness that awakens our tastebuds, so can the spring season bring a bit more vibrancy and light to our spirits if we heed its invitation to explore what it has to offer and be refreshed by it. There's nothing quite like coming out of a rather quiet and dormant season where every living thing seems to have been resting and regrouping, and gliding into a fresh season where everything awakens and ... {more please!}

Classic French Onion Soup, the Warming Elixir That Comforts the Soul

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A simple bowl of soup can be a deliciously complex experience on the palette; it can also warm us from the inside and give us a bit of comfort when it's needed. This rich, French Onion Soup with its golden, cheesy top makes for the perfect experience. In the realm of food, very little offers up more soothing coziness than a piping hot bowl of homemade soup. Ever since I was a child, I always loved the savory flavor of French Onion soup, and anytime it ... {more please!}

Pot Roast Stew in a Bread Bowl, and the Willingness to Be a Vessel for Something Glorious

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A warm, freshly-baked bread bowl can be the most comforting and perfect vessel for a pot roast stew in the wintertime; but we too, can be willing vessels, eagerly waiting to be filled with something amazing and glorious in order to share it with the world. The human being has the amazing potential to be like a beautifully hand-sculpted and adorned bowl, plate, mug, or elegant glass that utterly longs to do its ultimate work of being filled with something truly delicious and divine, something life ... {more please!}

Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup, and Those In-Between-The-Holiday Days

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A simple bowl of Roasted Garlic Potato Soup is just the type of meal I begin to crave once Christmas is over and we await the New Year to come in; it's warm and comforting, with just the right amount of coziness, perfect for those days between the holidays. I've always felt that those days between Christmas and the New Year are such a unique time. The twinkle and sparkle of Christmas is over, but we anticipate more celebration as we count down the last remaining ... {more please!}

Butternut Squash Soup; and the Vibrant Flavor of Good, Honest Conversation

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The vibrant color and flavor of a velvety Butternut Squash Soup is heavenly on the tongue and nourishing to the soul the way that deep, honest conversation, one full of vulnerability and honesty, is delicious, nourishing, and sustaining for our human relationships. Some of the best, most connective and enriching moments in my life have been those that are replete with vulnerably deep and from-the-heart honest conversation with another human being. I have found that there is nothing that quite compares to that unique and divine ... {more please!}

Harvest Stew with Smoked Sausage, and the Sustaining Power of Compassion

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Compassion can be as therapeutic, warming, and satisfying to the soul as a steaming, generous bowl of Harvest Stew is for the body, and just as necessary for one's best health and well being. There are times when I look around at the state of things, at the way we behave toward one another, at the way we treat each other, at the unkindness, the jealousy, the hurt, the vengeance, the lack of care, and outright harm that we perpetrate upon one another, and I struggle ... {more please!}

Summer Tomato-Basil Soup, a Can-Do Meal That’s Simply Delectable

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As much as I absolutely adore utilizing fresh produce plucked directly from the vine in my meal preparations, I cannot tell you how much I also appreciate having nutritious and delicious short-cuts at my fingertips when it comes to preparing a home-made, love-filled meal that will satisfy not only my belly, but my loved one's bellies at the end of a long, busy day, whenever I possibly can. Preparing from-scratch meals that have simple and vibrant ingredients is a wonderful way to share me (my love) ... {more please!}

White Chicken Chili, and How Staying Present Can Potentially Create a More Peaceful Now

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We so often live in either our memories of the past, or in fantasies about the future, without even realizing it. But when we cook, when we prepare a dish such as this delicious, from-scratch White Chicken Chili with white beans, tender chicken, fresh, ripe avocados and vibrant green limes, being present in the process is a necessity—the food requires it. No matter how I slice it, the freeways of southern California are no joyride; and pretty much each and every time I attempt to merge ... {more please!}

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

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Have you ever noticed the amazing things you can find at the bottom of a simple, unassuming little bowl of soup? If you've ever sat down to a gloriously steaming, fragrant, brothy, and soothing bowl of liquid-y elixir when you're hungry and hoping to be comforted and made cozy, and then taken pleasure in every little sip off the spoon as it slowly goes down ever-so easily and warms from within, then you most likely know what I speak of. In those precious, golden moments when ... {more please!}

Hearty Split Pea & Smoky Bacon Soup, for When Something of Substance is Craved

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The older I get, the more my soul craves and searches for those things of a deeper, more substantive nature that fill me to the brim with life. Those surface spaces and places that satisfied my youthful cravings well enough, those “top layers” of life where emotions and feelings came and went and changed on a whim without much understanding and wisdom to back them up, are not the places where any long-lasting foundation can be forged, nor any life-long dwelling built. But in my youth, ... {more please!}

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