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Smoky Chicken, Bacon & Corn Chowder

This Smoky Corn Chowder recipe is inspired by one we enjoyed at the Storyteller’s Cafe in Disneyland, a restaurant inside the Grand Californian Hotel that serves up great American comfort food. Smoky, hearty and chock-full of delicious corn, bacon and chicken, it’s the perfect recipe for cool winter evenings. This can be made into a …

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Here in Southern California, chicken tortilla soup trumps chicken noodle soup when it comes to winter comfort food. You’ll find it on the menu of practically every Mexican restaurant, and it’s a staple in our home as well. Tortilla soup which can be made several ways. This chicken tortilla soup, inspired by a visit to …

Split Pea Soup

One of our favorite restaurants on the Central Coast is Pea Soup Andersens, which — as you might imagine — is famous for its split pea soup. This recipe is inspired by the restaurant’s hearty and simple pea soup — which is loaded with healthy peas, carrots, celery and onion. To give it a bit …

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Vegetarian Chili

This vegetarian chili is full of flavor and perfect for a party. It’s chock-full of so many healthy ingredients — including kidney beans, garbanzo beans, green zucchini and yellow squash. To make this in your slow cooker, saute your vegetables and then add all of the ingredients to your crockpot. Cook the chili on low …

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Loaded Potato Soup

This Loaded Potato Soup Recipe is the perfect comfort food this winter — chock full of chunky russet and red potatoes, onions, carrots and celery. Some people call this a loaded baked potato soup, but the potatoes aren’t actually baked. We’re topping this creamy potato soup with a heart-stopping handful of bacon bits, green onions …

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

This Hungarian Mushroom Soup recipe is inspired by a dish I enjoyed at Old Wives Tale in Portland, way back in 2008. I’ve put my own spin on it, of course, complete with garlic-shallot puree and a gremolata topping. I think this is way better than most cream of mushroom soup recipes, and I hope …