Spicy Sausage Tortellini Soup

Spicy Sausage Tortellini Soup

As the weather turns cooler and grayer, soup becomes more and more on the menu of the Van den Hurk house. I adore soup. A favorite soup recipe of mine will heat up the cockles of your heart or at least clear your nose: spicy sausage tortellini soup. Super quick and...
Breaking My Food Addiction

Breaking My Food Addiction

We all have them. A food or drink, which is our kryptonite. Coca-Cola is mine. I’ve used Coca-Cola as a crutch. I had a Coke when I was stressed. I had one to spark creativity. Some days I had two or three. Sometimes more than that. Drinking Coca-Cola, it was a...
Childhood Memories: Soft Serve Ice Cream

Childhood Memories: Soft Serve Ice Cream

There are certain foods which trigger memories. Soft serve ice cream is one of those things. Recently we stopped at an old dairy bar in Elizabeth City. As I was sitting there trying to keep up with my rapidly melting ice cream in the relentless North Carolina summer,...
The Homegrown Tomato

The Homegrown Tomato

It there anything better than a homegrown tomato? One just picked off the vine. One that is still warm from the summer’s sun? I think not. That is perfection for all of the...
Simple, Fresh Summer Sides

Simple, Fresh Summer Sides

I’m often at a loss as to side dishes to serve outside of just veg, rice, and potatoes. So when I came across 10 Make-Ahead Summer Side Dishes in Real Simple, I was pretty excited. I’m all for trying new recipes. Mixing it up. I like these recipes for a...

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