Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone Soup Recipe
I made this Minestrone Soup the other weekend because I had a fridge full of veggies needing to be used and the kids always love Minestrone Soup.
It's the perfect vessel for sneaking extra veggies into the kids and a meatless meal into Colt.
I swear my husband thinks he's going to wither away every time he knows somethings meatless.
He actually questioned me when I was making the soup about the lack of meat since we were cooking dinner together.
I had to reassure him he wouldn't miss the meat and I always make it like this.
The look on his face pretty much said he was sure I was starving him but by the time he had the soup he completely forgot about the lack of meat and devoured the leftovers the next day for lunch.
The beans and hearty tomato based broth make this Minestrone Soup Recipe very filling and the meat won't be missed.
I know you'll love it as much as we do! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lemon Meringue Pie #SundaySupper

Lemon Meringue Pie  #SundaySupper
This weeks Sunday Supper theme is Spring Fling to celebrate all the amazing foods of spring.
One of my favorite ingredients in the spring time is lemon so I thought this is the perfect time to share my recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie with a weep free meringue.
There's nothing worse then a layer of liquid covering your gorgeous lemon filling the next day when you go to slice your pie from the meringue weeping.
Something about the creamy lemon filling covered with light billowy meringue in a flaky crust that just screams spring to me.
It's an elegant dessert with just a bit of effort.
Our winter was rather mild this year and I think we might have had only had 1 snow day that was more of a light dusting but I'm still totally ready for the warmer weather of spring.
Luckily it's come a bit earlier this year in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and the tulips have made an early appearance in the fields and I've been loving every minute of it.
I'm ready for the warmer weather to bust out my favorite spring dresses, sit out on the patio with the sun shining on my shoulders while I enjoy Sunday Supper and a big slice of this Lemon Meringue Pie while the kids throw the football in the yard.
Life doesn't get much better then in those moments! 
Shall we get on to the recipe?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Boston Cream Pie #SundaySupper

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
This week's Sunday Supper theme is Gallo Meals With Meaning so I decided to share my recipe for Boston Cream Pie.
I remember from an early age lusting over the gorgeous Boston Cream Pies at the local Bakery growing up.
Layers of light yellow sponge cake filled with creamy vanilla pastry cream and covered in chocolate ganache combined to make a gorgeous dessert worthy of any occasion.
This particular recipe was 15 years in the making.
When Colt and I first became married I tried many Boston Cream Pie recipes that usually ended in a disaster with an overly dense cake, too sweet of pastry cream and excessively sweet chocolate ganache.
I spent a lot of time over the years perfecting the layers of yellow sponge cake to become light, airy and not overly sweet.
Then I filled it with a rich vanilla lightly sweetened pastry cream and covered it in a rich chocolate ganache.
I opted to make 2 (8") cakes and trim the tops level over the traditional single cake sliced into two.
I will be the first to admit no matter how hard I tried to slice the cake perfectly into two I always ended up with two uneven pieces of cake.
By trimming the tops level and filling with pastry cream the finished slices turned out equally as stunning as the local bakery with much less trouble.
One of our favorite wines to enjoy with Boston Cream Pie is Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot with a dry full bodied velvety texture to compliment the chocolaty rich dessert.
For those that prefer a white wine I like to serve Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay it's a great versatile light wine with notes of citrus, hints of vanilla and a just dash of oak.
Whether you decide to make this Boston Cream Pie and serve with a glass of Merlot to surprise the one you love or share with company it's sure to have meaning and leave lasting memories with every bite.
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