Cilantro Parsley Soup for Saint Patrick’s Day

Nothing say Saint Patrick’s Day like a fun vibrant green recipe. This Cilantro Parsley Soup fits the bill perfectly and it will let you go threw those bunches of herbs just sitting in your fridge.

Let me tell you how this Cilantro Parsley Soup recipe came about. Here is a story we are all too familiar with. A situation we are all guilty off. You buy a big bunch of coriander or parsley for a recipe…because you need like 1/2 cup of it only. You put practically the whole bunch back in the fridge and promise yourself to use it before it wilts. Next thing you know that whole bunch of herbs is being tossed into the garbage because it went bad. Sounds familiar?

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The Terminal: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

At the beginning of this month, I announced that I would be hosting Food ‘n Flix with my chosen movie The Terminal. I love all the groups I am part of but I have to say there is a level of exchange with this group I just don’t get with others. Not only do we cook from a same inspiration, we also discuss the movies. It creates a real virtual conversation.

The Terminal

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Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

I recently discovered a monthly challenge group which could not have fallen any closer to my epicurean interests. The International Food Challenge group was created to explore the cuisines of the world, as well as the heritage of those country. A monthly host pics a part of the world and shares with us a few of the local recipes to make on our own.

For my first time participating we were assigned California Cuisine and I chose to go with the California Pizza suggestion with a Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza.

Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

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Breakfast Pizza for Food N Flix

Do you sometimes re-watch a movie you just adored in your teen years to see if you still feel the same way? I do occasionally. Sometimes they are still good, sometimes not. There is one movie however that never fails to live up to my original satisfaction and it just so happens that this particular film is this month’s Food ‘n Flix choice. OK enough suspense, the movie is The Breakfast Club.

Now there are not many food references in the movie besides the title and the scene of the lunch break but inspiration came easy. What do teenagers like to eat? Junk food, especially pizza. What is the most important meal of the day? Breakfast of course. So I think this Breakfast Pizza would be a hit with all pre and post pubescents.

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Chicago Food and Travel part 2

Finally here is part 2 of my Chicago trip. If you missed part 1 click here.

The photo below shows one of the most famous recognizable symbols of Chicago. The Cloud Gate is a public sculpture, one of many in the city, located in Millennium park. It is also nicknamed the bean because of it’s shape. The mirror surface reflects your image in funny shapes depending on where you stand. It is a really cool art piece. You have to go see it at night time to, as it reflects the dark skyline at some neat angles.

Cloud Gate

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Chicago Food and Travel part 1

I am stubbornly ignoring all the signs of the arrival of fall. We are back in a heat spell after a few cold days so I am back in my capris and sandals, at least for today. We have to enjoy and prolong every last bit of summer warmth and think of all the good times we had these last months. Which reminds me, I have not gotten around to showing you some photos of my trip to Chicago back in July!

Intro Chicago

Ceramic tile of the Chicago station on the “L” subway system

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Blackberries Three Ways: a main course

Pick one fruit or vegetable and prepare it three ways. These were the directives we were given for this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. Since it is summer there is no shortage of options. The tough part is actually picking that one ingredient.

My original idea was blueberries but I could not find nice ones in my neighborhood (I am embarrased to say) but I saw some lovely blackberries. I have always found them to be so mysterious and I would say they picked me! For an extra challenge my three recipes componse the main course. No desserts here. My menu consists of a pizza, a salad and of course a refreshing cocktail.

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