5 Hearty and Exotic Chicken Soups

Remember when you were sick as a child and your mom fed you a bowl of homemade chicken soup?  It made you feel warm and comforted on the inside.   Often times the recipe was handed down from your grandmother to your mom and eventually to you as you grew older.  These five, soup recipes from Food and Wine are just as hearty and comforting as grandma's but with an enticing international  flavor.  Quick and easy to make, the  five recipes make a wonderful opening course.

And after your guest are gone, have a relaxing bath while you enjoy a JenSan scented pillar candle.

Recipe Thursday: Tempting Fall Desserts

As the big entertaining season approaches, I've been on the hunt for new dessert recipes to test out. Yes, we will have mom's traditional favorites at our holiday table but both she and I like to try something new each year.  Actually, I'll be truthful and admit that I'm on the hunt for new recipes for mom.  Even though she doesn't do it as much as she did in the past, at 83 she is still a great cook and come the holidays, the kitchen belongs to her.

Our mom Marjorie

She plans the menu and cooks almost everything herself.  Jennifer and I just help as needed. We know that we should be the ones doing all the hard work while mom rests.  However, cooking for the family has always been one of mom's greatest joys and so as long as she can still handle doing the work, we let her have at it.  She would be hurt if we told her that we were taking over and we are so happy to still have her with us that we would never take the joy away from her. We are happy to just handle the clean up. So in my hunt for some new deserts to try this year, here are some yummy delights that I've discovered

Pumpkin Cheese Cake from Martha Stewart

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel from Food & Wine

Harvest Mousse with Spiced Almond Tuiles from Food & Wine

Apple Cranberry Pie from Whole Living

Spiced Blackberry, Quince and Apple Pavlova from Cooking Channel

Granny Smith Cobbler with White Cheddar Biscuits from BHG Written by Sandra

Recipe Thursday: Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken


The Skinny: 264 calories per serving, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 37 g protein Yes, you’re reading that right: Only 264 calories per serving in this comfort food classic. The secret? Your oven. See the Recipe here