Minestrone Soup

This soup is like therapy. Both preparing it and eating it will make you feel better about what ails you. I decided to try this recipe after seeing Ina (we’re on a first-name basis now, me and Ina Garten) prepare this on her show, Barefoot Contessa, and she included it in her latest cookbook, Foolproof. I changed just a few things (for example, I use regular bacon instead of more expensive pancetta, and I chopped up fresh basil and tossed in a parmesan rind instead of using store-bought pesto), and the results spoke for themselves. My family finished the pot and requested I make it again! You will think I am making this up, but my 4-year-old ate his whole bowl and my almost 2-year-old (gasp–he is getting big too fast) got seconds! We paired it with my husband Mike’s homemade sourdough bread and some crisp Pinot Grigio. Magic.

P.S. Mike and I go to see Ina this week at her book signing, I can’t wait!

Dive in and be healed!

Dive in and be healed!

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Easy (Like Sunday Morning) Pancakes

One of my favorite things to do for my fellas is to make pancakes on either Saturday or Sunday morning. I love the sweet smell wafting through the house, watching lots of snow fall outside, and knowing that we’re all in no rush to go anywhere. I cut up a nice big bowl of fruit for everyone to help themselves (usually strawberries, bananas and blueberries), and save the leftover pancakes in a single layer on a plate wrapped in plastic in the fridge for making the best peanut butter and jam “stackers” later that day or week. For the stackers, just take as many pancakes as you’d like, top them with your favorite pb and jam, stack them up and microwave for about 20 seconds. This snack needs a knife and fork, but it’s salty-sweet-amazing! I think you’ll really enjoy this simple recipe for your own fluffy pancakes every time. 

Get the syrup!

Get the syrup!

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