Three Signs It’s Time to Make Soup! – The Leaves are Changing Colors, The Days are Shorter, & It’s NEW FALL TV SEASON!

Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

1. The Leaves are Changing
2. The Days are Shorter
3. New Fall TV Season!!!

Chickpea Soup with Olive Oil and Oregano

New Fall TV SHOWS based on some of my favorite books!

Happy Soup Season, & Happy Fall TV Season everyone! The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and shorter, and colder, but I’ve still been excited for Fall for many reasons.

#1. The new SYFY TV series Reginald The Vampire based on Johnny Truant’s “Fat Vampire” novels begins TONIGHT! I can’t wait to see how they have adapted the novels to TV. From what I’ve seen, the series is set in a totally different setting, a younger croud compared to the eBook series, but that’s OK! In honor of Reginald, I’ll be making Pizza tonight and serving it up with a cup of delicious soup! (You can read more about these series here.)

#2. I can now watch Interview with the Vampire new TV series on AMC based on late Anne Rice’s novel!

#3. It’s Soup Season!

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Everybody knows Fall = Soup Season!

Soup Season is all year round for me! Some people only like soup during the colder months, and even then, some people (like my husband) don’t consider soup a meal.

So, in honor of Soup Season, here are links to three of my favorite soup recipes!

Soup Season – 3 of my favorite fall soup recipes

1. Sopa Tarasca

I found this soup while looking for ideas to use up the broth from black beans. I was surprised to find this delicious soup, Sopa Tarasca. Who doesn’t love soup with BACON in it? Read more about it here.

Sopa Tarasca (Black Bean & Tomato Soup, with Bacon!)
This rich and unusual soup is made with bacon, tomatoes, chicken stock, and black beans. I use canned tomatoes, but you could certainly use fresh tomatoes. If you like spicey soup, you could even add a jalapeno or two!
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This recipe is inspired by Pioneering The Simple Life recipe. I have only modified it slightly!
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Sopa Tarasca Black Bean Tomato Soup

2. Instant Pot Chick Pea Soup

When I started using my Instant Pot, I learned how much better homemade beans were compared to canned beans. I was looking for more bean recipes to add to the collection and stumbled across Chickpea Soup with Lemon, oregano, and olive oil. It takes some time to simmer and thicken, but it’s soo worth it!

Instant Pot Chickpea Soup
This Instant Pot Greek chickpea soup with lemon, oregano, and olive oil is on our "Healthy Meatless Monday rotation! This is an amazing soup! I used this recipe I found on Real Greek Recipes and made some adjustments.
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Chickpea Soup with Olive Oil and Oregano
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3. Instant Pot Spinach and Meatballs

Remember the Nineteen eighty-something commercials about Campbell’s® Chunky® soup? “Soup That Eats Like a Meal®?” Well, this Spinach & Meatballs recipe, inspired by a family favorite, really is a hearty homemade soup, that even my husband says is an entire meal in a bowl! You can use homemade ingredients if you have time, however, if you use your instant pot, frozen spinach, and store-bought meatballs you can get this on the table on a weeknight! Don’t forget to top it off with freshly grated parmesan!

Almost Grandma’s Spinach & Meatballs
I call this "Almost Grandma's Spinach and Meatballs" because this is my Instant Pot version! I've turned Grandma's recipe which takes hours to simmer on the stove to perfection, into an Instant Pot or weeknight meal!
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Grandmas Spinach and meatballs

When I think of Soup Season, of course I also think about one of my favorite books by Howard J Reiss. The Year of Soup. I made a root vegetable soup recipe based on one of the descriptions in the book, but I’m still working to make it better. I may need to do another re-read and come up with a new recipe.

What are some of your favorite soups? I’d love to hear!


A fun recipe I came up with that was inspired by Fat Vampire Chronicles novel The Vampire Maurice is this delicious blood red sriracha glazed bacon! If you are watching either of the new books to tv series this fall, I’d love to hear how you are liking them in the comments below!

Sriracha Candied Bacon
You can substitute gochujang if you can't find sriracha!
Is it a breakfast treat or a snack? I don’t know, but I do know it’s delicious! You can add the spicy sriracha or leave it out, either way, it sure is a treat! Candied bacon can be made spicy, or sweet. You can simply sprinkle brown sugar on and bake it, or make it really special with my Sriracha, Balsamic Vinegar, and Brown Sugar glaze! I recommend medium-thick sliced bacon. The longer and slower you cook it the stickier and more candied it gets!
This blood-red Sriracha Candied Bacon was inspired by the Fat Vampire Chronicles by Johnny B. Truant. The original Fat Vampire Series is coming to TV soon as "Reginald The Vampire" and I can't wait!
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blood red sriracha candied bacon even a vampire would love

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Oh no, a sriracha shortage?! I recommend that you give Gochujang a try as a substitution for sriracha!

No new recipe today, just some help for anyone who can’t find sriracha in the stores! Gochujang is an excellent substitution for Sriracha. It has a deep, almost sweet, spicy flavor. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! Since the Sriracha shortage, it’s been hard to find in stores and online lately. I have only seen it once in a small market in town this summer!

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Air Fryer Copycat Twin Peaks Mozzarella Bites

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If you find yourself at a Twin Peaks Restaurant, try their Fried Mozzarella bites! They are quite delicious! I dined there for one of the guy’s birthday gatherings. In my opinion, it’s totally a guy’s restaurant, and the guys certainly like the “atmosphere.” Insert eye-roll here. Twin Peaks, get it? Seriously, there are lots of very nice and well-trained waitstaff working there …(showing off their greatest assets.) They have a variety of foods from steaks to bar food. My favorites were their Mozzarella Bites and their Millionaire’s bacon. Their Millionaire’s bacon is sweet and spicy, much like my sriracha glazed bacon and my Air-Fryer Copycat Twin Peaks Mozzarella Bites are equally as good as their deep-fried bites!

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Myfitnesspal-recipes-save-and-log-it

Did you know you can import recipes from food blogs and recipe apps into Myfitnesspal using the app’s recipe import feature?

I found something that I think is pretty cool! The other day I peeked at my blog stats on WordPress and saw that someone imported one of my recipes into something called Myfitnesspal recipe parser/importer! I didn’t know you could count import recipes to count calories with Myfitnesspal!

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Lamb Bella Burger

I entered a variation of this lamb and baby Bella mushroom burger recipe in the 2022 Food Network Blended Burger Contest. (Judging is this August) I think these burgers are delicious, hopefully, the judges will too!

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

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Sriracha Sesame Sugar Snap Peas – Perfect for Spring!

Spicy Sesame Sriracha Sugar Snap Peas

It’s that time of year when everything is green and there are vibrant springy colors everywhere! I have bright green chives already in my flower boxes, my tulips are blooming and my raspberry canes are full of leaves. I can’t wait to get my herbs and veggies planted this year! In the meantime, I’m cooking a lot of Sriracha Sesame Sugar Snap Peas!

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It’s time to plan your St. Patrick’s Day Jiggs Dinner now!

I don’t know who needs to hear this but it’s time to make your shopping list and plan your trip to the grocery store for your St. Patrick’s Day Jiggs Dinner groceries! Seriously, do it early before they run out of the cute little red potatoes, or the “good” bakery bread. Trust me, pick up some baby red potatoes, a perfect 3-4 pound corned beef, some carrots, and other root veggies soon! I’ve waited until the week of St. Patrick’s Day before and had to scrounge for ingredients!

Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day Jiggs Dinner
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