Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup

Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup @yourhomebasedmom

Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup is a dressed up version of a childhood favorite.I was pretty much raised on tomato soup.  Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were pretty much the go to lunch at least during those cold winters in Wisconsin! When I walked home from elementary school each day for lunch, even in the winter, with 10 feet of snow on the ground (or at least that is how much snow I told my kids there was) a nice warm bowl of tomato soup was the perfect thing to warm [Continue Reading…]

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Bacon

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sundried tomatoes and bacon

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is taken up a few notches with the addition of sun dried tomatoes and bacon.  Full of flavor and texture! A few weeks ago I hosted a luncheon at my home with some of the ladies from church.  There was one qualification for attending my lunch.  You had to be over 70.  Of course that qualification didn’t apply to me. We have a wonderful group of “older” ladies at church that I just adore. Ten ladies attended my “Ladies Who Lunch” holiday luncheon.  They are such a delight [Continue Reading…]

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash soup is a delightful blend of flavors and it’s dairy free! A party is always a good excuse to experiment with a new recipe, right?!  That’s my entertaining philosophy.  I know it can be a bit risky but most of the time it works out for me.  There was that one dinner party disaster but fortunately they are few and far between. I was hosting my Ugly Christmas Sweater Tea Party last week and I was in charge of soup. My Beach Babe girlfriends are all great [Continue Reading…]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite cookbooks is a family cookbook that my daughter put together years ago. It is called The Best of the Best Family Cookbook. My maiden name is Best, thus the name of the cookbook. It is full of the best recipes of many of the women in my family both past and present. My great aunt Dorothy is one of those women and she was a wonderful cook. I have fond memories of her and Uncle Bud who I affectionately called Uncle Bug. At one time she [Continue Reading…]

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulliga what?  That’s exactly what I said when I ran into a friend from church at a local soup and salad restaurant.  She was going in to see if they had Mulligatawny soup that day.  I pretended like I knew what she was talking about and quickly went home and Googled it. Here is what I learned.  Mulligatawny soup is a curry flavored soup that is Anglo-Indian cuisine.  The soup is typically thickened with lentils or rice.  I Googled around some more and found various recipes for Mulligatawny Soup.  I [Continue Reading…]

Curry Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Curry Soup

I think I should have named this soup Heavenly Soup instead of Curry Pumpkin Soup. The first time I ever tried  a squash type soup was an evening I will never forget.  Jim and I were in Acapulco and were attending an “all white” dinner in a home that sat on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  Everyone was dressed in white, the tables and decor were all in white. White lights were everywhere.  We truly felt like we had just stepped into heaven.  It had the most amazing ethereal feel [Continue Reading…]

Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup

I’ve teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you today! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration! Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!! One of my favorite things about fall is making soup again.  I pretty much take a leave of absence from soup during the summer.  Who wants to eat a bowl of hot soup on a hot summer night? Our days [Continue Reading…]

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

My kids love Thai food.  I usually play it pretty safe and order some type of chicken and cashew over rice dish but my children have a little more sophisticated taste than I do.  Tessa introduced me to one of her favorite Thai soups – a chicken coconut soup.  It was delicious!    I decided to try and recreate something similar at home.  I found a recipe for a Thai Coconut Chicken Soup in America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook that I adapted  and Jim and I both loved the results. [Continue Reading…]

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Weddng Soup

Over the holiday break we attended a wedding that had a soup and sandwich bar.  A fun idea.  There were several different selections of soup and I went for the Italian Wedding Soup – it was a wedding after all!  The mother of the bride had made all the soup herself!  I had never had Italian Wedding Soup before and it was delicious. This is a traditional Italian-American soup that contains green vegetables (in this case spinach) and some kind of meat (pork).  According to Wikipedia, “The term “wedding soup” [Continue Reading…]