Category Archives: Soups


12 Mexican Faves You Can Make in the Slow Cooker

Schedule a stress-free Mexican night with help from the trusty slow cooker

I am always on the lookout for easy and quick recipes, especially those that can be done in a slow cooker.  I was excited when I saw these recipes on Pillsbury’s web site and wanted to share them with you.
 Let me know if you try any of the recipes.

Pumpkin Chili

I was skeptical when I first heard of Pumpkin Chili.  I have always associated pumpkin with pie, muffins, bread, and numerous other sweet goodies.  Never did I associate it with chili.


After having tasted pumpkin chili, I have had a change of heart.  Pumpkin chili is delicious !  To be honest, you can’t taste the pumpkin.  It’s more of a filler and gives the chili and thicker, creamier texture.


These photos were taken by Paul Oller, a volunteer here at the park where I work (Historic Washington State Park).  They were taken as one of our Dutch Oven classes prepared this delicious recipe.  Can you imagine how good this would taste on a cool evening?

If you don’t have a Dutch Oven, you can use a large pot.


If  you would like to try this recipe, just keep scrolling until you reach the end of the photos.


Game Day Recipe Roundup

Gooseberry Patch Game-Day Recipe Round-Up



This is the second Olive Garden inspired soup that I have made.  My personal favorite is the Olive Garden  inspired Chicken Gnocchi Soup.   My coworkers were divided, some preferred the Zuppa Toscana and some the Chicken Gnocchi.  I guess  you will have to give both a try and have your own taste test.  I found several recipes online and ended up combining several recipes to get the taste I was after.  Feel free to make changes and let me know how it turns out.


I love easy recipes that taste like they took hours to make. This is the perfect potato soup. Even if you are not a potato soup lover (and I’m not) you will LOVE this recipe! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s a basic cheese & potato soup and you get to add the “toppings” you like when you get ready to eat it. This keeps all of those sour cream, chive, or bacon (gasp!), people happy. It’s perfect for those picky eaters

The great thing about recipes is that they can be modified to suit your needs.  You could lower the fat in this recipe by using a butter substitue, skim milk for the half-and-half, a low fat cheese, low fat sour cream, and omit the bacon. 



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