Sausage and Kale Soup for a Cold Night

For the past 2 days, it’s been incredibly cold and blustery here in the DC area. All I want to do in the evenings is curl up under my blanket with a good book and a big bowl of comfort food! So earlier today, I stumbled on a slow cooker Tuscan bean, sausage and kale soup from one of my fellow Twitter foodies, Eating Deliciously. I quickly realized after looking at her recipe that there’s no way I’d have time to make this in the slow cooker and be ready…

Chicken and Rice Soup

Tuan is feeling a little under the weather this weekend and I wanted to make something to help him feel better. He had asked for some store bought chicken noodle soup. Well, I wanted to do one better than that and make some home made soup! So I found this really simple and easy chicken and rice soup that looked delicious enough that even I wanted a bowl. And I was super excited about the different herb combinations listed in the ingredients, it sounded like a really hearty and rustic…

Risotto with Mushrooms and Scallops

One of my favorite restaurants is Chef Geoff’s, they have the most amazing scallop risotto and I’m in love with it. It’s cooked to perfection, firm and creamy. So I wanted to recreate the same experience at home and try making my own risotto! I was super excited at how it turned out and dinner last night was a huge success. Ingredients:4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 pounds sea scallops, remove and discard the tough musclesalt and freshly ground black pepper1 medium yellow onion, minced2 garlic gloves, minced1 pound of…

Chicken Marsala – just because there’s marsala wine laying around the kitchen!

A few weeks ago, I had the family over for an Italian-themed dinner and made chicken marsala as one of the main entrees. Well, I had to buy a bottle of Marsala wine which has been sitting in my kitchen ever since. And I’m not one to let things go to waste so I made tiramisu cupcakes a few times and then made the chicken marsala again tonight, just because I’m trying to use up all the wine! I’ve always been a little apprehensive about trying to make Italian at…