Family Friendly Recipes

Category: Soup and Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad Panzanella Salad is a Tuscan and Umbrian chopped salad, and is typically made with stale bread croutons, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and fresh basil.  This salad is also popular in other parts of central Italy and is perfect as a fresh summer salad. I […]

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana It is still winter and cold here.  So another soup.  Zuppa Toscana, which literally means “Tuscan Soup”.  This is similar to the Olive Garden version which is creamier and richer than the actual original from Tuscany. One issue I had is that the […]

Lentil and Ham Soup

Lentil and Ham Soup

Lentil and Ham Soup This hearty Lentil and Ham Soup is perfect for a cold winter’s day.  It is packed with flavor and simple to make. Lentils are perfect addition for this soup.  I used Bob’s Red Mill green Lentils, Petite French Style for this […]

Minestrone With Meatballs

Minestrone With Meatballs

Minestrone With Meatballs It’s snowing and it’s soup time!  I decided to make a wonderful Minestrone With Meatballs soup.  Minestrone is a hearty, thick soup made of vegetables and pasta (Datalini).  You can make it with or without meat.  For a twist, I added meatballs.  […]

Grilled Steak Salad with a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

Grilled Steak Salad with a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

Steak Salad with a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette I am trying to eat more salads.  I remembered an old 1966 Weight Watchers salad dressing that my Mother used to make with a V8 base.  I have updated it to be a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette and paired […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup The weather has been in the 30’s here and when that happens, all I want is something warm and comforting.  I typically turn to making soup.  My Roasted Tomato Soup is so easy to make.  You will never want canned soup again. […]

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup I first had this Sweet and Sour Cabbage soup at a restaurant in Illinois back in the 90’s.  I was there with friends and we all loved it.  I tried making it at home but it never came out same.  […]

Sweet Cucumber Salad

Sweet Cucumber Salad

Sweet Cucumber Salad This is another quick side salad recipe.  This Sweet Cucumber Salad is a perfect side dish for any BBQ or party.  It is quick and easy to make. For this recipe, you can peel the cucumbers or leave the skins on, just […]

Corn Salad

Corn Salad

Corn Salad Sorry, I know that it has been several months since I posted last.  I moved and well, the move didn’t go that well.  Never buy a house sight unseen.  Due to Covid-19, that is the situation I found myself in.  No homes to […]

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup Yes, another soup!  I do enjoy soups in the winter and nothing is better than a hearty Vegetable Soup to comfort the soul.  Made with plenty of fresh vegetables, this Vegetable Soup is sure to become a family favorite.  It’s light, delicious and […]


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