Fall Minestrone

IMG_3693IMG_3683 A few months ago a friend from work shared a recipe for fall minestrone soup from an article in her Cooking Light {October 2003} magazine. So, I photocopied the recipe, placed it on my desk and completely forgot about it until this weekend. After hitting the farmers market for a few items, the butternut squash and kale I decided to try this comforting and delicious soup.

The hardest part of the process was the prep of cutting vegetables into cubed pieces, but other than that the meal is done. When I got up yesterday morning, I made my own broth from a roasted chicken we had for dinner a while back, as I preferred chicken to vegetable broth. I also sautéed the potatoes with the onion and garlic for a bit of added flavor then tore Thai basil with grated Parmesan cheese for the final garnish.

Place the soup into a big cup instead of a bowl and curl up for an evening of sitting on the front porch or watching your favorite television shows!!

Bon appetite,


Fall Essentials


I cannot begin to express how thrilled I am that Summer has come to an end, and can now move forward into Fall. This seasonal change means we can turn our attention to warmer clothes with luxurious textures and colors; participate in outings that do not include bugs or insects, and enjoying the cool crispness in the air, especially before work each morning. At the start of Fall I find myself scouring the farmers markets more intently than when the weather was warmer, and have begun focusing on the shift in fruits and vegetables displayed in each stall. Then begin imagining the variations of desserts I can create using Fall produce.

Dreamily I have drafted a list of a few sumptuous favorites to reacquaint myself with this opulent change in seasons.

  1. My leopard throw.
  2. Taking herbal tea in a thermos for lunch to work.
  3. Calvin Klein’s “Driftwood Candle” from TJ Maxx.
  4. Making a huge pot Split Pea soup with ham bone.
  5. Creating recipe variations on fruit cobblers or tarts using seasonal produce.
  6. Continued evening walks out under the stars.
  7. A leather tote to carry iPhone, iPad, notebooks and any other daily essentials.
  8. A myriad of scarves.
  9. Trying Yves Saint Laurent’s Vernis A Levres- glossy lip stains in nude for fall and nail color in Smoked Chrome from Estée Lauder.
  10. Updated Brazilian Jazz Playlist for Fall.

Stay Chic!!


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