Category Archives: Soups and Such

Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Rockin’ Oyster “Rockefeller” Stew

“He was a bold man who first ate an oyster”  ~ Johnathan Swift

My ex mother-in-law is a wonderful country cook. Her fried chicken is the best I’ve ever had, period. Geraldine also makes what she calls Oyster Stew. I never understood why she deemed this stuff “stew” — it was more of a soup to me, with milk, fresh oysters in their liquor, butter (lots and lots of it, Paula Deen would be so proud) and salt and pepper. That’s it. So simple to make, so wonderful to eat (especially paired with her fried chicken!)

I made Geraldine’s “stew” for years after my ex and I parted ways, until I found Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for Oyster Rockefeller Soup Garnished with Crispy Bacon and Fried Oysters. Wow! This is a “kicked-up” version of Geraldine’s stew that I absolutely adore, with heavy cream, bacon, spinach and fried oysters. Not as easy to make as hers, but oh, so worth the effort. Of course adding bacon makes everything better!

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Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder, Ninja Style

The first dish I made in my new Ninja® 3-in-1 Cooking System that I blogged about last week was a wonderful ham, potato and corn chowder. I wanted to use the Ninja’s stovetop and slow cooker modes, and since the weather had turned a bit chilly, a chowder seemed to fit the bill. And, as luck would have it, I found ham potatoes and red bell peppers on sale at the grocery store. I love when things come together like that!

This is a hearty soup that will warm your insides. It is so creamy and the ham, potatoes, corn and red pepper taste great together. You will probably come back for seconds!

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

Continue reading

Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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