Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

I found this recipe from Love and Lemons and will never buy bottled or canned Tomato Basil Soup again.   It is so so so good.  Click here for the full recipe including instructions and lots of photos.

Tomato Basil Soup Recipe Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this roasted tomato basil soup:

  • Roma tomatoes – The tomato variety you use here matters.
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Baked Feta Shrimp and Tomatoes

My BFF’s hubby gave me more cherry tomatoes than I could shake a stick at!   So I searched and found this amazing recipe.

Source:  Family Style Food


  • 1 pound jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (We defrosted frozen shrimp from Kroger)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, or 2 14-ounce cans, drained of excess liquid (We used fresh from Bill Brown’s garden)
  • 8 ounce block feta cheese, cut into large cubes (We used Athenos tomato and basil feta, crumbled)
  • ¼ cup  chopped Italian parsley


  • Preheat oven to 425  degrees.
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Basil Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Bake (gluten free)

I found this recipe when searching recipes to use all of the tomatoes and basil that are growing so plentifully in my garden!

So easy.  One pan.  Gluten Free!

Source:  Julia’s Album


  • 4 chicken breasts , boneless, skinless (I used chicken tenders and halved the recipe)
  • salt
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • ½ cup basil pesto (I used fresh basil from my backyard and walnuts instead of pine nuts)
  • 2 tomatoes , sliced (I used fresh tomatoes from my backyard)
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese , sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
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Balsamic Basil Chicken

Source:  Delish

I have so much fresh basil in my backyard and I don’t want it to go to waste so I’ve been searching for recipes that call for fresh basil! I found this one on Delish and made it this week for hubby, youngest son, and my mom. We ate every last morsel…not a leftover to be found.… Read More »

Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

Source:  I still have my newspaper clipping cut out from years ago.   Most likely from the AJC.   I can’t believe I’ve never shared this recipe before.  It is one of my family’s faves…particularly my husband.  Whenever I find fresh good looking tomatillos I buy them and make this!


  • 8 ounces (5-6 medium) tomatillos, husked and rinsed (see note)
  • 2 fresh Serrano chiles, or to taste, stemmed
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, depending on saltiness of broth
  • 2 cups firmly packed Swiss chard or spinach (all pieces should be about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long)
  • 1 1/3 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken
  • 12 warm tortillas (plus a few extra, in case some break)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbled Mexican quest fresco


  • Roast tomatillos and chiles on baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler until blackened and soft on one side, 5 to 6 minutes, then turn over and roast on other side 3 to 4 minutes.  
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Submitted by Peggy Smith for The Aha! Connection

This is a regular in my family dinner rotation.  It’s super easy, cooks all day and can be used on its own with some sides, in a taco or my personal favorite on a hamburger bun with coleslaw on top.  I’ve been making it so long that I don’t measure anything and I have no idea where I first found this recipe! … Read More »

Creamy Shrimp and Celery Salad

  • ▢ 16 ounces large cooked peeled and deveined shrimp
  • ▢ 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • ▢ 1 large celery stalk, sliced thin
  • ▢ 1/4 cup low fat sour cream, regular for Keto
  • ▢ 2 tbsp lite mayonnaise, regular for Keto
  • ▢ 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ▢ 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • ▢ salt to taste
  • ▢ chopped dill, optional for garnish
  • In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, Old Bay and salt.
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The Ultimate Creamy Potato Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Sugar Spun Run

My AHA edits are below in italics ~Audra


▢ 6 strips (uncooked) bacon cut into small pieces

▢ 3 Tablespoons butter unsalted or salted will work

▢ 1 medium yellow onion chopped (about 1.5 cup/200g)

▢ 3 large garlic cloves minced

▢ ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (42g). (I used Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)

▢ 2 ½ lbs gold potatoes peeled and diced into pieces no larger than 1” (I used three large russet/baking potatoes)

▢ 4 cups chicken broth (945ml)

▢ 2 cups milk (475ml)

▢ ⅔ cup heavy cream (155ml)

▢ 1 ½ teaspoon* salt

▢ 1 teaspoon ground pepper

▢ ¼ – ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder**

▢ ⅔ cup sour cream (160g) (I used a full cup in the recipe but didn’t add any for toppings.)Read More »

Cabbage Soup

Submitted by Gail Gordon for The Aha! Connection

This recipe is addicting and everyone who has made it once has made it again and again.. easy and hearty!
2T canola oil
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onion
 1 1/4 cups chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
3 T brown sugar
1T paprika
1tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 -15 oz can tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white or brown rice
6oz can of tomato paste to thicken..… Read More »

Creamy Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Note from Audra:   I made this for dinner while college boy was home for winter break.  We stored the leftovers in three bowls with lids and each grabbed a bowl for lunch the next day and it was GONE.   It was delicious.   And…it just happened to be gluten free.

Original Recipe fromThe Chunky Chef Can be found here.… Read More »

Fajita Marinade

Submitted by Audra H. Anders stolen from her BFF Becky J. Brown!

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 can GF beef bouillion soup
  • 1/4 cup GF Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup GF soy sauce

Marinade for chicken or beef… Read More »

Cumin Lamb Skewers

I took some friends to Northern China Eatery in Doraville last week. We filled up on pork fennel dumplings, shumai, and these tender lamb skewers. Xinjiang Lamb Skewers are popular Chinese street food and are my second favorite way to eat lamb. This recipe makes super tender and flavorful meat. These skewers are cooked on small charcoal grills that cook at very high heat.… Read More »

White Pesto Pasta


I love white pesto because it doesn’t require a blender or food processor. It is light with lots of flavors.

You will need:
½ cup walnuts
Kosher salt
4oz. fresh ricotta
Zest of 1 lemon
4 garlic cloves, roasted then smashed
2 tsp. finely chopped oregano
1½ cups grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
¼ cup EVVO
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb.… Read More »

Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak

“Yeah, we fancy like Applebee’s on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you” 

My kids have been asking to make Bourbon Street steak FOR-EV-ERRRRR. I finally gave in a looked up a copycat recipe. This one is adapted from copykat.com.… Read More »