Soups

indian inspired biryani vegetable soup

indian inspired biryani vegetable soup

Oh, the inspiration for this ‘indian inspired biryani vegetable soup’ comes from something that Ben and I are doing in a couple of weeks! We’re attending a fund raiser. It’s the annual Vail Valley Foundation ‘Black Diamond Ball’ and the theme this year is ‘Bollywood’! So, I’ve been searching the […]

creamy chicken herb oven soup

creamy chicken herb oven soup

See that teeny hint of ‘pinkish’ tinge in the soup? Well, that’s because this creamy chicken herb oven soup was garnished with delicious and healthy beet stems. And, the heat of the soup resulted in the stems bleeding out some of their hue. Now, this is a nutritious hue that’s […]

hearty white bean soup

hearty white bean soup

If you put the word ‘beans’ in my search box, you’ll find some great recipes. Go ahead, try it! Once you see some of my bean recipes, you’ll know why I’m an addicted bean lover! Ya know, growing up in Southern West Virginia, coal-mining country, beans were a staple on […]

chicken fajita white bean slow cooker soup

slow cooker chicken fajita soup

There’s nothing that stimulates the senses more than walking into a house and wiffing the aroma of good food cooking. And, this chicken fajita slow cooker soup is perfect for achieving that experience. Honestly, there’s absolutely nothing to making this divine comfort food. Just pull out the slow cooker, you […]

chicken piccata soup

chicken piccata soup

I made a wonderful Italian dish into a soup, Chicken Marsala, and it’s THE most popular post I’ve ever shared on Facebook. Seen by over 160k and shared over 1,300 times! With that popularity, I thought I’d take another loved Italian dish, Chicken Piccata, and make it also into a […]

red beans and shredded lamb steak

red beans and shredded lamb steak

Small red beans are just down right amazingly flavorful. They’re pretty, plus when you season them well and let them cook over several hours you get this rich thick mahogany gravy that’s just lusciously delicious! And, this recipe for red beans and shredded lamb steak is one that will make […]

hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup

hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup

Sometimes, out of the blue with no expectations at all, you hit a homerun with a recipe creation. And, that’s what this hot italian sausage kale bean paesan soup is. A home run! And, I had no idea when I started fashioning this soup. This assessment is not just from […]

cabbage roll soup

cabbage roll soup

Aromas, scents and food are the most provocative memory stimulators for me. When I go out very early in the morning on a warm summer day, the scent of dew, grass, leaves, and nature immediately evoke memories of being at camp as a kid. In the Fall, when I smell […]

bone stock chicken soup

bone stock chicken soup

If you’ve ever made your own chicken stock with bone in chicken pieces, then you know the difference from the homemade and what you can get in a can or box. I mean there’s just no comparison. The bone stock chicken soup ‘broth’ is so thick that it almost ‘gels’. […]

french country chicken stock noodle soup

french country chicken stock noodle soup

This is a simple recipe. No doubt you’ll look at the ingredients and directions and think, hummm, that’s really easy. I’m totally in! Actually, French cooking should be easy. Julia taught us that concept. But, I think the key to this french country chicken stock noodle soup is the quality […]

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

Seasonal cooking is always the smartest and best strategy for the kitchen and feeding your family. Seasonal cooking means using those fruits and vegetables that are ‘in season’. Yes, they’re plentiful, which means they’re usually less expensive and tastier because they’re grown during the peak time of the year for […]

buttery lima beans & spinach

buttery lima beans & spinach

What are the world’s healthiest foods? Well, according to WHFoods one of them is buttery lima beans. And, when you add spinach, you make them even healthier! Besides being a natural cholesterol lowing food, lima beans give you lots of fiber and protein. They’re great for folks with diabetes, insulin […]

thick red lentil soup & red peppers

thick red lentils & red peppers

I have no idea why I don’t cook lentils more often. I mean I love legumes. And, lentils have all the other wonderful attributes of their bean and pea cousins. Low in fat, no cholesterol, high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also have the good fats and what […]

farmers market chicken soup

Hearty and robust, this farmers market chicken soup can be made year round. In the summer when you have access to all the fresh vegetables, you can load it up with whatever you like, if you like. For me, I love the combination of the lima beans, potatoes, chicken and […]

taco veggie soup

taco veggie soup

A good rich soup is a meal for us. Making soups with depths of flavor in a short amount of time can be challenging. But, this taco veggie soup defies all odds, and in no time at all you have a fabulous soup that, yes, gets better and better on […]

creamy parmesan pea soup

parmesan pea soup

Peas are a fabulous vegetable. Not only are they healthy, but they’re super versatile for using in recipes like this parmesan pea soup. Served hot, warm, room temperature or cold, I’m really a pea lover! Now when I cook peas, I like to use the petite size rather than the […]

short rib vegetable stew

short rib vegetable stew

Short ribs. Usually you see recipes for this cut of beef for slow cooking or maybe grilling. Short ribs are a popular cut of beef. And, can be butchered in several ways.They can be boneless or bone in. In Korea the short ribs are butterflied and cut into thin slices. […]

chicken doodle soup

chicken doodle soup

Chicken doodle soup. Yes, it’s my whimsical version of ‘chicken noodle soup’ but with a bohemian flair! I love the rich tomatoeee broth that comes with every bite. Reminiscent of a ‘vegetable’ soup, there’s no mistaking that you’re eating chicken soup. Now, what might the flair be? It’s something subtle. It’s […]

beef chunk chili

beef chunk chili

Winter is just made for chili. Now, there are hundreds of kinds of chilis. I mean chili cookoffs are big time popular in the cooking contest circuit. I’m sure many of you’ve been to at least one chili bash where everyone touts their chili as the best. This beef chunk […]

chicken cacciatore soup

chicken cacciatore soup

Who says you can’t turn your favorite Italian dishes into soups. Well, in 2015 my ‘chicken marsala soup’ was my #1 searched recipe! Yes, it’s that good. Then I did a ‘chicken piccata soup’ and it rocked my charts. So what soup is debuting now? Chicken cacciatore soup! In Italian […]

vietnamese bokchoy shrimp soup

vietnamese bokchoy shrimp soup

This vietnamese bokchoy shrimp soup just makes you feel healthy. I mean take a gander at the ingredients. Nothing in there that’s not good for your digestive system! Now it’s not a big deal to make it. I’ve been adventuring into more Asian foods in the past 18+ months. Trust […]

grilled hamburger sriracha soup

grilled hamburger sriracha soup

Hamburgers. Love them. Love them when they’re cooked on an outdoor grill then put on a soft tender bun and topped with good ol’ classic yellow mustard, pickles, lettuce and onions. Nothing fancy for me. Not even cheese. I don’t know about you, but sometimes we have burgers leftover. So […]

coconut curry leek corn chowder

I went to the grocery store for whipped cream cheese. That was the onnnnleeee thing I needed. I intentionally didn’t get a cart, not even one of the tiny ones. By the time I reached checkout, and the only reason I did go to the checkout, was because my arms […]

rustic family beef stew

rustic family beef stew

When I think of ‘comfort food’ what comes to mind are images of earthy food. Food that’s still recognizable in its real form. Processed food just doesn’t make the cut for me. I also have subtle, yet noticeable, scents and aromas that I can really conjure up in my mind, […]

beef barley mushroom soup

Some words simply sound healthy. It’s the way the word rolls off the tip of your tongue…barrrrrleee. Now think of the word ‘candy’…does that sound healthy? (OK, smile & play along with me!). Believe me, you’ll be refilling your bowl with this beef barley mushroom soup, which doesn’t take long […]

smoky clam chowder

smoky clam chowder

Lawsy, I could eat my weight in this smoky clam chowder. First of all, I LOVE corn. Once I had a corn on the cob eating contest with my father-in-law~yes, in the summer and fresh steam silver queen corn was plentiful~and, I ate 11 ears! He won~I think he ate […]

fresh herb cannellini beans

fresh herb cannellini beans

Cannellini beans~an Italian white kidney bean. So creamy and tasty. I love them best when I cook from scratch. Oh, yes, you can buy them canned, but they’re scrumptuously easy to prepare and just perfect as a side or as the main dish. With the fresh herbs, the flavors just […]

eastern european chicken cabbage soup

eastern european chicken cabbage soup

This eastern european chicken cabbage soup is such a festive and colorful dish~~it’ll make it more fun to eat! In Eastern Europe the cuisine varies depending upon the country. But, one food that seems to be prevalent in most of them is cabbage. And, soups are a staple. Since the […]

sour cream mashed potato soup

sour cream mashed potato soup

This sour cream mashed potato soup is one of my many cook once, eat twice recipes. Now I love mashed potatoes. I mean real mashed potatoes~~the kind you peel, stew, then season and ‘smash’, yes, leaving lumps, love my lumps, and serve with your dinner. So, when I’m peeling those […]

farm table greek vegetable soup

farm table greek vegetable soup

There’s a popular eating movement called ‘farm to table’…love this concept, and I add to that my concept of ‘eating close to the earth,’ which means when you look at ingredients you’re using, ask yourself, ‘Does this look like it just came from the earth?’ If so, then you’re probably […]

mexican chorizo chili

mexican chorizo chili

A pale lager adds some unique dimension to this chili~~the spices, chorizo, cilantro, lime~~yes, all make you realize you are south of the border as you savor each bite. Now if you want to ‘err’ on the side of less spicy, then just omit the chili powder and smoked hot […]

spicy coconut shrimp soup

spicy coconut shrimp soup

Inspiration for new recipes~~where does it come from? For me, it’s various venues~~but, first and foremost, I’m thinking healthy. Putting ‘junk’~things like empty calories, highly processed ingredients~into my body or that of anyone who pulls up a seat in my kitchen or at my table, isn’t my idea of love. […]

cuban black beans with yogurt sauce

cuban black beans with yogurt sauce

One spoonful of these beans and you’ll think you’ve hit pay dirt!  I mean I totally amaze myself sometimes with the depths of flavor that are created when I start experimenting with spices and ingredients. I really think what sends these black beans over the top is the Dole Garden […]

~spicy chicken bokchoy arugula soup~

Most of what I cook is sparked by what I see in my refrigerator, pantry or what’s sitting on my kitchen counter. Yes, I’m very ‘organic’ and ‘random’…I suppose that’s part of my Boho spirit…I go with what moves my soul depending upon the day, the weather, the mood, the vibes that I’m getting from how my day’s going. It’s great to be like that because, you’re always on an adventure! Now you may ask, how do I have the ingredients?

~chunky red potato, green chili and white cheddar soup~

chunky red potato, green chile and white cheddar soup

Soups~~the quintessential comfort food~~what you kind of gravitate to when you’re in the mood to warm your tummy with not only good eats but memories.  Soups in my world are complete meals~~all I need to do is add a salad, and that salad can be anything from chopped tomatoes with […]

~beef potatoes & tomatoes~

beef potatoes & tomatoes

Whether you cook this on the stovetop, in a slow cooker/crockpot or in the oven~~you’re in for a comfort food experience that will make you want to curl up in your snuggle jammies on the sofa, turn on your fave TV show or movie, pour a glass of wine or […]

~roasted poblano tomato basil soup~

roasted poblano tomato basil soup

Making your own tomato soup is simple, plus if you make a lot of it, and freeze, then you have a great base for so many other dishes~~from pastas to soups to stews~~the possibilities are endless! If you’ve never ‘roasted’ peppers, either on an open gas stove blaze, on your […]

spiced & seasoned adzuki beans

~spiced & seasoned adzuki beans~

Most of ya’ll know that one of my favorite foods is beans~~most any kind of bean out there~~well, there is one bean that I just don’t care for and that’s black eyed peas…go figure, it’s so Southern, and being a Southern belle, I should think these things are the cat’s […]

chicken marsala soup

chicken marsala soup

One of my most favorite Italian dishes is chicken marsala~~I mean when I go to a really authentic Italian restaurant, that’s what I oftentimes order, and even when I go to a great chain like Carabbas, yep, it’s chicken marsala for me!

Since I’d seen a new Campbell’s product at the store, their packaged marsala sauce, I thought I’d give it a whirl in a new twist~~making a chicken marsala soup~~I mean I could put all the essential things in it and even add more mushrooms since the sauce had only a few, like I could count them on my one hand. Overall, this sauce has nice flavors and made the making of this soup pretty painless and easy~~sometimes life just calls for that, right? Here’s to ~peace and making life easier~ xoxo ally

~bourbon ham shank cranberry beans~

bourbon ham shank cranberry beans

I haven’t met a bean I don’t like! But, there are some that I like, no love, more than others, and one happens to be this cranberry bean, which in Italian is known as the borlotti~~but, rather than using that fancy word, I love the cranberry. Now that name comes […]

Sweet Chili Sauce Microgreens

leek & red onion soup with melted cheese

The power of seeing something enticing and delicious.  Such is the case with creating this recipe, which is super easy.  My girlfriend, Helena, whose website is Saucy Girls Kitchen shared her caramelized onions~~well, my mouth started watering! I mean I love onions and looking at those tender strands a light mahogany […]

whiskey smoked cowboy chili

When we’re  in Colorado in the winter, there’s nothing better than chili!  The grandkids come off the slopes after a big day of skiing and snowboarding and are ravenously hungry. It’s always good to have something hot on the stove and sweets and fruit on the kitchen counter. I love […]

Chicken Italian Herb & Veggie Noodle Soup

~~egg noodle chicken soup~~

I like my soup chunky.  I like my soup fresh.  I like my soup creamy.  I like my soup with al dente veggies.  I love soup with chicken!  This soup is right up my alley (tsk tsk)! There’s something about adding the wine to the soup and infusing hints of […]

Leek Potato & Roasted Pepper Soup

Leek Potato & Roasted Pepper Soup

When the weather out side is frightful, then homemade soup is so delightful!  Let it rain! Let it snow!  Let it go!  Soups’s on!  And, that exactly what’s happening as I make this boholicious ‘Leek Potato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup’!  The red peppers give the soup just a tad […]

Ras el Hanut Tomatoes & Red Onions

Ras el Hanut Tomatoes & Red Onions

When my girlfriend, Laura, who’s made several trips to Morocco, brought me some ‘Ras el hanut’ she’d picked up there on one of her trips, I was like giddy happy!!  I make my own ras el hanut, and, of course, you can buy it~~but there’s nothing better than having the […]

Caprese Soup

Caprese Soup

This Caprese Soup is so stinkin’ good!  Thick, rich, creamy and fresh~~yes, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and if you can’t find them, or if they’re way to pricey, then substitute Roma tomatoes.  Now my heirlooms were left over from the World Food Championships~~I used them in my third round of competition […]

Roasted Creamy Spicy Root Soup

Roasted Creamy Spicy Root Soup

I’ve never really spent a lot of time cooking with parsnips~~it’s pretty cool that parsnips date back to the Roman times and that they were once used as a sweetner in Europe before cane sugar got there!  Parsnips are high in vitamins and potassium, and since I’ve been having some […]

Harissa Spice

~harissa spice~

Bohemian Bold cooking is all about living globally without even leaving your kitchen!  Thanks to the cyber world in which we live, we have access to fabulous spices and spice blends from around the world~~we can decide to give our meats, vegetables and grains any type of flavor spin we […]

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Some dishes don’t need much explanation!  This is one of those recipes~~with some leftover grilled chicken breasts, I decided to cut them into chunks, open a few cans of cannellini beans, then start tossing in good fresh tomatoes, diced poblanos and lotsa smoked paprika~~what I got was a deliciously rich […]

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Chowder

One of the best things about being a foodie and blogger is the number of talented and generous other foodies you meet via social media.  Many of my friends, whom I’ve never met in person but feel like I know as well as real ‘brick and mortar’ friends, have written […]

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

I made some really wickedly good Anasazi beans, and had about 4 cups left over~~this became the reason for this chili!   There was the ham hock, too, that the beans had been cooked in, so I shredded the meat off the bone and threw it in this chili.  Not […]

Roasted & Charred Tomatoes & Garlic

Charred & Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes

I detest wasting food.  So, whenever I’m heading somewhere for a while, like more than a few weeks, I usually do a clean sweep of the refrigerator crisper, the fruit, and other perishable things like sour cream, milk, etc. and format them into something that I can freeze for later […]

Pomegranate Tangerine Rustic Peasant Bread

I’ve been on a pomegranate rage!  These things require some work to get to the seeds…well, there are techniques for cleaning them out that are easy, involved water, and the videos can be found on You Tube, but I decided that I wanted the full experience~~the squirting, the tearing, the […]

Shrimp Clam Corn & Arugula Soup

This  Shrimp Clam Corn & Arugula Soup has a rich broth slightly thickened to add to the velvety touch on your palate.  Plus this makes it even better for dipping and sopping!  It’s got the earthy nutty somewhat peppery taste taste of cumin…add to that the shrimp, clams, corn and arugula, […]

Spicy Harissa Black & White Bean Soup

I’m in love with spices~~ I mean to the point that I think I lived another life sometime thousands of years ago, and I roamed the Grand Bazaaar in Istanbul collecting spices!  Maybe I traveled with Marco Polo.  Maybe I was a spice dealer.  I have no idea, but I […]

Cannellini Beans & Ham with Mustard Greens

If you search my recipes, you’ll find quite a few recipes for beans~~yes, I’m a ‘bean queen’~~reckon it’s them thar West Virginia hills I grew up in where beans were a part of our eats several times a week.  Why wouldn’t they be?  They’re healthy, nutritious, great roughage, protein, low fat, […]

Tandoori Fish Stew

The thing I love about spices is that when I cook with them I truly feel like I’m immersed in the culture through the food–while I can’t be physically in India, Pakistan or Afghanistan, being able to explore their world through spices satisfies a yearning of my Bohemian spirit and […]

Green Goddess Veggie & Herb Cream Soup

Couture:   The design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements.  That’s the definition for the word in the clothing and jewelry line.  My couture is in the food line!  This is what I call one of my ‘couture’ soups…I made it especially for my […]

Chorizo Corn Red Potato Chowder with Lime Cilantro Sauce

There’s a tsunami of food on Facebook~~gorgeous food porn that even Dr. Oz has found to be neurologically stimulating!  Sometimes there’s precisely the one thing that catches my eye.  This happens several times a week, and I usually put these recipes in my stash of ideas.  On the other hand, […]

Artisan Lettuce Romesco Anthropologie Nibbles

Artisan Lettuce Romesco~~Anthropologie Nibbles

I was introduced to Romesco by Chef Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono Bar Jamon in NYC.  Now I’ve made ‘Artisan Lettuce Romesco’!   Chef Anthony came to cook in my Colorado kitchen preparing a spectacular meal for Ben and me and ten of our most favorite guests!  That entire soiree was an […]

Zahtar Chicken Soup

za’atar chicken soup

Ever heard the saying ‘…a chicken in every pot…’  I thought it came from the Great Depression and thereafter–that abysmal era in American history when folks were in dire straits because the economy had tanked.  However, after going to the illustrious Answers.com, I learned the origins of that saying went […]

Marco Polo Middle Eastern Spiced Chili

Let your palate begin the journey as you travel the “Spice Route” with an array of Ras El Hanoot seasonings once considered as valuable as gold and silver. There is no one word to describe this “Marco Polo Middle Eastern Spice Chili.”  As you savor the first chunky spoonful, is […]

Garden Vegetable Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce

I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!  Fresh vegetables, farm to table…the eternal youth elixir! You’ll think you’re in Tuscany, eating this luscious garden vegetable vodka cream sauce over your favorite pasta…imagine you’re at a worn peasant table with beautiful linens, heirloom dishes, and wine flowing,  as you […]

Red Russian Kale Cannellini Beans & Shrimp

Food does crazy things to me!  I don’t think food is just food.  Food is something that gives me a chance to experience the world right at my own table. I’ve done a little traveling in my lifetime, and one of the most intriguing countries I’ve visited is Russia.  I’ve […]

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

I admittedly am a ‘Bean Queen’…growing up in the hollers of West Virginia, pinto beans were a staple in our diet several times a week.  They were cheap.  They were healthy.  The went a long way and fed four hungry children’s mouths.  Now, as an adult, I continue to adore […]