Kicking off Chili week!

Is it even possible to have a favorite chili?  It’s a bit like a vacation dilemma: do I return to the idyllic island where I had the best week of my life or do I open that email about the new winter cruise or — or– or– so many possibilities… And so it is with chili, the old favorites vs. new and appealing recipes or ideas.  I have several of the former and even more of the latter, so this week is hereby declared Frills Chili Week! Read More

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Soup on the stove… Ham bone soup

There was a fleeting little tease of spring weather the  other day and it was unexpected and of course wonderful.  But now we are back to bluster, cold, rain and wind, and will have to get our warmth from a pot of soup rather than the sun.  Here is an adaptation of a wonderful recipe from the New York Times a few years ago.  It uses up a leftover ham bone, and is full of fiber, green vegetables and flavor.  The bacon could be eliminated to save fat and calories but it sure does add a wonderful smokiness, and besides a little indulgence can also brighten up a grey day. Read More