Italian Soup for #BloggerCLUE

It’s not often cold here, really cold anyway, and we’ve had a bit of a cold snap come through, so this was the perfect time to work on this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. theme– soups & stews. Who doesn’t love a good belly warming bowl of comforting soup?

I was assigned to Authentic Suburban Gourmet and went right to “work” looking for a scrumptious soup to dish up. I didn’t stew over it for long (see what I did there) as I quickly came across Perfect Italian Soup, and it had my name written all over it. At this time of year I really crave a nice bowl of ribollita which makes me fondly remember my time living in Florence, Italy. Ribollita is a rustic soup made with vegetables, and bread- it translates to reboiled, as it’s a peasants soup that dates back centuries. It is classically Tuscan and perfectly delizioso. Ribollita, GOOD ribollita, is really hard to find here, but I’m always up for something with an Italian flair, and although this is a different kind of soup, it’s a great recipe to have on hand when the temperatures drop. So here’s my take on Lisa’s Italian Soup.

 

 italian soup

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Massaged Kale Salad #BloggerCLUE

The holidays can be rough on everyone– and everything. Your wallet, your energy, your diet. As we head into a fresh, new 2016, everyone needs some rejuvenating… a massage even. You, me, a couple bunches of kale. We deserve it. 

With all the resolutions, vows to quit sugar, exercise more, drink less… it is easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, the Blogger C.L.U.E. crew has your sorted. This month the theme is healthy eating recipes so you can stack your meal calendar with good (for you) food galore. 

This Massaged Kale Salad is where it’s at. Give it a go.  

Kale Salad

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Cape Cod Mule – Cranberry Moscow Mule

Happy Holidays, friends! I hope you are all having a joyous and festive season. I think we deserve a beverage, it’s happy hour somewhere, right? We’ve worked hard, managed the shopping lines and wrapped all the gifts. We’ve earned it.

Last year it was the Randy Reindeer, this year it’s the Cape Cod Mule- Cranberry Moscow Mule. It’s a little tart and sensationally sippable. The cranberry gives it a little seasonal kick (but, who am I kidding, you could drink this all year long) and adds another layer of festive flavor.  

 

Cape Cod Mule

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Hot Cocoa Cookies with White Chocolate and Peppermint #FBCookieSwap

 

Happy Holidays, my friends! I can’t believe we’ve gone a whole year since the last Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s recipe. These Hot Cocoa Cookies with White Chocolate and Peppermint are everything you want around the holidays. They’re a little decadent, comforting, super tasty and sneakily sweet. Imagine your favorite cup of hot cocoa, with marshmallows and peppermint, mix them into gorgeous cookies, then dunk it in  glass of milk. Perfect.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Blueberry Lemon Bars #BloggerCLUE

Happy Blogger C.L.U.E. Day! We’re closing out 2015 with something sweet and shareable- Blueberry Lemon Bars. To me the holiday theme for this month could apply to anything you want to share with your friends and loved ones. When I saw these Lemon Blueberry Bars on Lawyer Loves Lunch, I thought they’d perfect treat to share. It’s all about giving this time of year and these are perfectly portable for any white elephant party or holiday dessert spread. Although they aren’t really seasonal, they still make your sharing sweeter–they’re sensational any time of year. They would be the perfect swap for any holiday pie, easier to share and sneak as a midnight snack while you wait for Santa.

 Blueberry Lemon Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles with Whipped Cream

Since it is National Cookie Day, I thought it was appropriate/necessary to create a cookie-centric recipe. I have some new ones on the line-up which will be out soon, but had to share something scrumptious today. I was thinking about how I could use Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chunk Cookies in some way, and then it hit me! Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles with Whipped Cream. Yes, the cookies are IN the waffle. I know, amazing, right? They’re a liiiiiiiitle decadent, but totally worth it. Top them with freshly whipped cream, and a dusting of powdered sugar and, treat yo’self.

Leslie Knope would totally approve of these waffles. 

As a bonus Otis Spunkmeyer is offering up a box of chocolate chunk cookies to one lucky reader. (Details are at the end of the post.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles

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Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

As we head into the holiday season, it’s nice to have a lighter, healthier option on hand for those days when you can feel you’ve overindulged. Not to say this Roasted Squash and Apple Soup isn’t perfectly satisfying and delectable any old autumn day, just keep the recipe in your back pocket for when you’re hungry for a satisfying soup. 

 

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup 

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Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese and Gruyere Flatbread

With the holidays around the corner, we are all prepping to host or head to parties. This Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese and Gruyere Flatbread is your answer to- what the heck should I make for this par-tay? It’s just a touch of sweet with lots of savory, on the perfectly portable vessel– flatbread! It’s super to share, easy to bring along, and convenient to make ahead (if you happen to host). 

Apricot Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Flatbread

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Roasted Butternut Squash Dip #BloggerCLUE

Happy November, friends! Can you believe it’s almost 2016? This year just flew by for me. We are already thinking about Thanksgiving (and Christmas is right around the corner!!), and figuring out what to serve at the big meal. The theme for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E.  was Thanksgiving, and once I saw this Roasted Butternut Squash Dip on Cooking In Stilettos,  I knew it would be a great fit for my holiday meal plan. You never want anything to heavy before the fall feast, and this is perfectly light and snackable.  

 Roasted Butternut Squash Dip

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Autumn Sangria

Sangria is such a versatile beverage, sippable in winter, spring, summer and fall. I like to make many variations (depending on the season) and this is the perfect blend for fall. Spiced and sweet, with a bit of a kick! Autumn Sangria is exactly what you need for a tailgate party, jaunt through the pumpkin patch or at a bachelorette brunch.  Really, you just need it… anywhere. 

Autumn Sangria

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