Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Stranded Foodie Tortilla Soup Recipe


I just love a good bowl of comforting Mexican tortilla soup. Especially when it’s a version that has lots depth and layers going on in the flavor profile. Between the shredded chicken, the cubed avocado, and all that delectable seasoned broth, what’s not to love? Oh, and I almost forgot to mention all those yummy toppings.

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Creamy Fresh Asparagus Soup Recipe from Stranded Foodie


I just love when spring comes around. Not only is the weather getting warmer, but it’s finally California asparagus season. I’m finding huge bundles of big spears in all my local markets. I can’t resist buying some every few days. And that means it’s time for [Read more…]

Summertime Gazpacho Recipe ~ from Stranded Foodie


Years ago, I had my first taste of gazpacho in a restaurant. Our waiter brought over a little cup of this tomato goodness as a gift from the chef. It was creamy and dreamy tomato perfection! I’ve been hooked on this tangy soup ever since. And for me, summer and gazpacho go together so well. Like right now. Because, the tomatoes are so perfectly ripe and abundant in my farmers’ market. So today, I’m [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Leek and Potato Soup Recipe with Corn Beef and Cabbage Garnish


I’m looking for something different to make for St. Patrick’s Day, so I decided to make my creamy leek and potato soup. Over the years, I have been making this luscious soup, but today I’m thinking of making it more festive. So, for the twist, I topped it off with some sautéed corn been and cabbage. What a delicious presentation this makes on this classic soup! [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Comforting Chicken Soup Recipe for You

Doesn’t this chicken soup look amazing? Well, it tastes just as good as it looks. I’m not kidding. For me, there’s nothing like a big bowl of comforting homemade chicken soup especially on a cold day. Or, when you’re not feeling too well. It’s defiantly the gold standard of global comfort food. Don’t you think?

My husband was a little under the weather, so I decided to make up a batch for him. And some for me too! For me, I love the lightness of chicken soup yet how satisfying it can be. I used my homemade chicken stock I had on hand, and simply added carrots, celery, egg noodles, and some delicious moist roast chicken. It’s so easy!  [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Rich Turkey Stock Recipe for Thanksgiving Day Gravy

Making my turkey stock a couple of days ahead of Thanksgiving has saved me tons of time. But most importantly, this rich stock makes the best, most amazing tasting gravy ever. Why? Because you roast the turkey pieces first to get that caramelization going. You know, that crispy brown turkey skin with all that incredible flavor. Are you with me? This is what gives the stock its intense depth of flavor, not to mention nice dark hue. And, it does the same thing to the gravy. Adds richness. Yep, roasting [Read more…]

Roasted Acorn and Dumpling Squash Soup with Pancetta Recipe from Stranded Foodie

Comforting soup during the cool autumn months is one of my favorite things. So, today I’m making a simple but flavorful squash soup. I’ll use a combination of acorn and sweet dumpling squash. Have you tried roasted dumpling squash? It’s sweet and very creamy.  It’s delectable and perfect in this soup.

So, squash goodness with all the flavor, but guess what? No added naughty cream or butter in this recipe. [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Two Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

Ahh, fall. My favorite season. With cooler weather, football games, and Halloween coming up, I love to cozy up to a good hearty bowl of chili. Topped off with a big dollop of sour cream, some crunchy oyster crackers, and a handful of grated cheddar cheese that’s all melted and gooey on top. After one bite, I feel like I’m on cloud 9! [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Quick Veggie Soup Recipe

My parents were both excellent scratch cooks, so a few times per year my Dad would drag out his big stockpot and make up a batch of his tasty quick veggie soup. It’s more like a stew since it’s filled with big pieces of different vegetables.

Sometimes he would add some barley and other times he would add some sautéed cubes of beef to the pot. My favorite way to make his soup is with all veggies that are in season. Except lima beans which are difficult to find fresh. So, frozen limas work just fine here. If [Read more…]

Easy Spring Asparagus Soup Recipe ~ from Stranded Foodie

It’s Asparagus season and a everyone needs a quick and easy-go-to recipe for asparagus soup that is perfect to make for a week night supper, or elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party. I like to make my own chicken stock for my soups and store some in my freezer. Unfortunately I have run out, so canned low-sodium chicken broth will do quite well. See, easy and quick.

Once you get used to making your own soups from scratch, you’ll see how easy they are to make. And, there’s no comparison in taste [Read more…]