Santa Fe Chowder

This thick chicken, potato, corn and green chili chowder is popular in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, especially in winter. My version works best in the crockpot (but can be prepared on the stove top) and there are several options for finishing and serving the soup. Go ahead and add a diced jalapeno to […]

Salsa Chicken Chili

Place a few ingredients in the slow cooker and go about your day – a healthy (under 300 calorie) satisfying stew will be waiting. This will serve six people, but could be stretched a bit by adding an additional can of beans. 1 cup minced onion 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped […]

Black Lentils with Roasted Vegetables

This recipe can be served as a stew or a soup, depending upon how much stock you add before serving. Use a vegetable stock for a vegan dish. I like the quick-cooking Black Beluga Lentils in this recipe. Any lentil will work, but cooking time will vary, so check the package directions. 1 pint cherry […]

Fat-Free Carrot Lentil Soup

This soup is very flavorful, thick and colorful – you would never know it was fat-free. A perfect savory dish for your autumn table. Spend ten minutes in the morning, and come home to a healthy, hot meal. Salt causes a longer cooking time, so add salt to taste just before serving and consider a […]

My Matzo Balls

My Matzo Balls, served with Lazy Girl Chicken Soup I let my dough rest only one hour before shaping into balls and boiling – otherwise (to me) they seem to be hard. Leave the dough longer if you prefer harder matzo balls. Boil the matzo balls in water, but serve them in hot, clear, broth. Garnish […]

Rose Bowl Chili with Black Eyed Peas

It is tradition in this family to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day (this is a Southern custom, and DT’s Dad was a Texan) for good luck. The Rose Bowl is usually on New Year’s Day – thus the name of this dish. This chili recipe is very adaptable. After making the sauce, […]

RV Chili

Nothing could be easier than this delicious chili. Sauté the beef, open a few cans and there is only one pan to wash! The chili isn’t too spicy, but you may want to start with one teaspoon chili powder and add more as desired. Serve with corn bread muffins. Olive oil or vegetable oil 1 […]

Tortilla Soup

We have taken several short-cuts for you here, yet this easy recipe still makes a very traditional-tasting Tortilla Soup. This simple soup comes together in minutes, is very satisfying, a little spicy and remarkable the next day too. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket to use in this recipe. Serve with chips, guacamole […]

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup, served with Croutes au Gruyere I’ve been working to create a decent tomato soup recipe for quite a while now. You may recall the famed Campbell’s brand of tomato soup – served with a grilled cheese sandwich? Pretty sure every kid in America has been served this combo at least once during their […]

Smoked Salmon & Corn Chowder

2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, sliced 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock (I use chicken) 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into dice-sized cubes 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika freshly ground black pepper, to taste (½ teaspoon is good) 1 Tablespoon fresh dill, minced (plus additional for garnish, if […]

RV Sopa de Elote

Sopa de Elote – Mexican Corn Soup – is traditionally prepared by cutting kernels from fresh corn and scraping the milk from the cobs. The cobs are then boiled with the kernels to create a thick, rich stock. My RV rendering is a short-cut version that can be ready in less than thirty minutes. The […]

Roasted Carrot Soup with Ginger

Roasting the vegetables gives the soup an intense flavor, and any charred bits add pretty color. Low-fat, low-calorie and vegan, this soup is satisfying. 1 pound carrots, peeled ½ yellow onion, cut into one-inch chunks 2 cloves garlic, peeled, left whole 1 medium Yukon Gold or white potato, unpeeled, cut into eight pieces Extra virgin […]

Red Kuri Squash Soup with Cilantro-infused Olive Oil

The Red Kuri is a pretty little guy. And the inside is firm and a brilliant color – calling out for eastern spices. I scooped-out all the seeds and sliced the squash into 8 wedges. Some recipes call for peeling the squash before roasting, but peeling squash is a difficult job and really a little […]

Potato Leek Soup (for two)

One pot easy. I use a low-sodium chicken stock in this recipe, but feel free to use veggie stock to make the dish vegetarian; omit the dairy at the end for a vegan version. No blender or food processor required – my version calls for an old fashioned potato masher. 2 leeks, white and pale […]


Minestrone (big soup in Italian) is traditionally a tomato-based vegetable soup. There are no rules. Any vegetable will do. I often add kale, fava beans or zucchini. If at home, I cook the pasta separately and add it at the last minute – in the RV, I toss the dried pasta into the pot 10-15 […]

Mexican Soup

A long list of ingredients – a very easy recipe. I serve this soup with fresh flour tortillas (rolled with a bit of cheese and warmed), fresh fruit and icy-cold Mexican beer. You can also add a bit of sautéed ground beef or turkey for a heartier dish. 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium […]

Lazy Girl Chicken Soup

I made this soup (in our motorhome) when hubby developed a nasty cold on a very busy day. It does require two pans, but is super-easy, delicious and freezes well. Garlic isn’t really traditional in chicken soup (see my Jewish Penicillin recipe), but I figured garlic is good for a cold… so what the heck? […]

Lasagna Soup

I have seen many recipes for lasagna soup and they all seem to use a whole bunch of ricotta and mozzarella cheese. I wanted to lighten it up a bit. My butcher makes a spicy bulk Italian sausage using chicken thighs – it is perfect for this recipe. The only cheese I add is a […]

Jewish Penicillin

The best chicken soup comes from a chicken you have roasted with onion and fresh thyme stuffed into the cavity of the bird. Rosemary is nice too, but I prefer thyme for soup. After carving the bird and removing as much meat as possible from the carcass, boil the bones, covered in chicken stock for […]


This gazpacho is the best I have ever tasted and can be made one day ahead. Veggies can be chopped by hand, or in a food processor. Don’t cut the vegetables too fine – this gazpacho should seem more like a runny salsa than a creamy soup. Healthy and delicious. For a luncheon, I often […]

Beer Cheese Potato Soup

Three of my favorite foods in one dish! Nice for St. Patrick’s Day. This soup can be made early in the day, refrigerated and heated before serving. It is best to use a mild flavored pilsner or ale in this soup. 3 Tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2-3 stalks celery, sliced 3 large potatoes […]