Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Goat Cheese


Looking at the beautiful display of bell peppers and the price of 3 for a $1, I happily bagged six (when was the last time you ate that cheaply?), knowing I wanted to roast a few and also make a delicious soup. Bon Appetit!

  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • Bay leaf
  • Herbn’Farm NW
  • Goat cheese

Preparation: Char peppers over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in Ziploc container, let stand 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. In food processor add onion, garlic, jalapeño and carrot (this is mirepoix) Add mirepoix to Dutch oven in olive oil and sauté three minutes. Add four cups broth and roasted pepper herb farm seasoning and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered until peppers are very soft, about 20 minutes. Add milk. Puree with an immersion blender or working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return to Dutch oven. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with goat cheese.


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Alphabet Adventures


This post is brought to you by the letter D. Okay, not really, but that is Esme’s theme of the month. Like her, I couldn’t think of any D foods beside Dates, Donuts, Duck, and Dumplings. Oh, wait I came up with Dandelion wine and Dim sum.  Luckily her rules read “challenge you to email me your dish/es, be it cooking or baking with any ingredient starting with a “D” which forms part of the title of your recipe.”

entered my recipe for Delicata Squash (what’s your D food? Tell me in the comments or  show me on instagram #reallifeofanmsw). I also know many bloggers are doing the alphabet challenge (no, I will not be doing it). I however, really like how  JML29  and how  Calliope Writing have tackled this challenge. I wonder- has anybody done this with food? I am curious what the hell does one make with X and Z?! Iif you’re looking for other recipes that start with D, check out these recipes.


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Is That Breakfast or Dessert?

I knew when I rescued my fresh produce I wanted to elevate them beyond the bargain bin. I like to think I succeed in this dish. Bon Appetit.

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ripe peaches
  • 5-6 strawberries
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz. cinnamon whiskey
  • Dollop of vanilla yogurt

Preparation: In small bowl add butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon whiskey whisky until blended. Add slice  peaches to the mixture and coat evenly. Then place on heated grill until golden brown and just cooked through. Place back in bowl and top with strawberries, mint, a dusting of brown sugar, and a dollop of vanilla yogurt.


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Beautiful Conversation and Mixed Up Strawberry Mojitos


I have a confession: I like to glance into other peoples’ grocery carts, particularly at Costco and the farmer’s market. Today I learned I am not alone in this. The gentleman next to me smiled and asked, “You going use those berries today?” I informed him I didn’t know, but I thought $1.50 was a great deal. He chuckled “Yeah, but if you’re using them tonight, they have them in the bargain bin for 50 cents”. I thanked him, put back the “expensive” berries and marched myself over to the bargain bin. I snapped up not only strawberries, but two donut peaches in a clam shell for 69 cents. Cheers to the bargain bin!

  • about 5-6 fresh strawberries
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice from one fresh lime
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3-4 ounces ginger ale

Methodology: Muddle together strawberries, lime, vodka and mint in a shaker. Fill the glass with ice, pour in drink and top off with ginger ale.


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Real Life MSW Talks to Herb’n Farm NW


One thing regular readers probably know about me is that I love my farmer’s market. I do about 80% of my grocery shopping there. During one of my many trips, I found an easier, quicker, and more flavorful way to get my herb fix- Herb’n Farm NW. I love this stuff. You can click here to see how many recipes I have sprinkled flavor on with their “Herb Gold”. I confess I am a gardener, but Ras and his team are the professionals or, as I nicknamed them, the “herb whispers”. I respect them so much that I reached out to them and said “I wanted you to know I am LOVING your Pike Place Herbs and have been both cooking with them and sharing with my readers.” (Validate your small business people, because what I know for sure is I haven’t been able to find any of my “what the hell items” at my local grocery store or Costco).

To my surprise, Ras (the owner), emailed me back “Love what you are doing with our blends! Will have to try some of these recipes myself” .

Real life confession, I was shocked he replied; yet it gave me another reason to love small businesses. They actually reply and care about their product. Herb’n Farm NW only ships twice a week. Does it get any more flavorful and fresher than that? So, I asked myself why the hell I am growing a full herb garden (I will maintain a small one this year for pestos and marinades).  Herb’n Farm NW must have been thinking the same, and asked if I wanted to do a time limited series of sponsored post this summer. They sweetened the deal by offering me FREE product. It should go without saying I said, “Let me think about that” (Did you think I was going say yes right away?).

I am a clinical social worker, once a little girl who lived deep below the poverty line and my journey has proven no one gets anywhere by helping themselves- or, as Audrey Hepburn eloquently put it  , “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

You, my dear reader, came up over a few talks. Herb’n Farm NW came up with a great concept for a coupon. They’re offering 10% off  (promo code “herbnshare“and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40 (promo code : FREESHIP) if your not sure what to order I say try the  Pike Place Best Seller Combo (who doesn’t love a sampler). Happy cooking and please share what your cooking at#reallifeofanmsw.





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