Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.


A Beautiful Salad with Spinach, Mandarin Oranges and Feta

This is a beautiful salad. It would make an elegant addition to any Holiday dinner. The red, green and orange remind me of Spring in Sonoma. The green backdrop dotted with spectacular blossoms. Before we moved there, a friend of mine who originally was from […]

Tangy Waldorf Fruit Salad

The kids love yogurt. Every month we buy a box of assorted yogurt from Costco. It usually will last all month. Mason is crazy over strawberry. Adelin will only eat blueberry and Everett, well he is not picky. I have never thought to try another […]

Fall Ham and Potato Soup

This recipe I found on called “Delicious Ham and Potato Soup.” It has a nice flavor and texture.

3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk, as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot. Cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

For a creamy soup cook the potatoes until they are soft. I like a smooth texture with chunks of potatoes. So I cook the potatoes until they are just tender. Then, after I add the milk I puree the soup slightly to make it thicker.
I also like to add 3-4 Kale leaves, torn and 1-2 greens onions, chopped.
Some other good choices may include 2-3 cloves of garlic or garlic powder, diced carrots and chopped cauliflower.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love fall. The brisk autumn air pared with the smell of a warm fire calls for a cup of hot soup. I found this recipe on I added black beans and a little more cumin. 1/2 tsp olive oil 2 skinless, boneless chicken […]