Turkey Orzo Soup with Lemon & Spinach

Here's a soup recipe that's just made for spring! It's light but hearty, substantial but bright. The lemon and spinach really make this soup, so do the tiny bites of orzo pasta. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

"... we enjoyed this soup SO MUCH!" ~ KrisAdd yours, leave a comment, below!
Grocery Carts for Kids, Such Fun!I love seeing kids pile into cars, little kids into souped-up race cars with steering wheels and safety belts in specially outfitted shopping carts at the grocery, that is.First catching the eye of the mother who’s busy with broccoli and beans, I’ll kneel to eye level to ask in a deep, serious voice, “May I see your drivers’ license, please?”The quick ones recognize the game and grin, “I don’t have a drivers’ license, Silly.” The shy ones check for Mom’s whereabouts, then clench the wheel, determined to remain master of the road, with or without a license.Sure, kid-friendly grocery carts are all about extracting dollars from parental walle…

Crockpot Chicken Goulash

Out here where we make our living on a farm we won't let die, work days last as long as I do
– Dana Wildsmith, poet

For gardeners here in Zone 6, flower beds and vegetable plots cry out for early-spring attention.In a good year, the fall clean-up got done before December’s snow. If not, well, so be it, it and the spring work can be done together.Soon there’ll be no keeping up with the new grass, just as already it’s impossible to keep up with gumballs that collect in thorny carpets along the edge of driveway.It’s too early to plant though thankfully, for gardeners whose fingers long for dirt, not too early to transplant perennials bursting sunward.But hey, enough talk – the garden calls! But don’t worry, supper’ll be ready by dark: it’s in the slowcooker. ALANNA's TIPS Slowcooker temperatures vary widely. Until certain about the settings on yours, use it only when you can check on the cooking progress every once in awhile. The USDA website offers food-safety tips for slowcooke…

Blueberry Galette

The Recipe: A relaxed and rustic blueberry pie, so easy to throw together, just a pie crust, frozen blueberries and some pantry ingredients. The Conversation: With a pie this easy, no more "pie in the sky".
Blueberry galette is a fancy-dancy signature for a most plebian pie.Can you say gaw-LETT? While the name implies hours of trouble and fuss, the results are as relaxed as that ever-so-comfortable chair you’d no more give up than your kids.My mother would have loved this recipe, my father, too.My dad, you see, was and remains a fiend for pie. One of the many little inside jokes he and my mom shared went like this. He'd ask, with a hopeful grin, "What’s for dessert?" And she’d answer, with a rueful smile, "Pie in the sky."The translation? "Sorry, dear. No dessert tonight."For my mom, cooking was a sort of witchcraft, a way to pamper the taste buds and handle a husband. (Yes, she really was of that era. But really, aren't we all, still? I …