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Hearts of Palm Soup w/Sweet Potato Croutons

Hearts of Palm Soup | She Paused 4 Thought

Silky. Sassy. Sexy.  I know these are not adjectives that are usually associated with food, but this sensational soup is no ordinary medley. It is a tribute to Mexico’s African heritage known as The Third Root, and this soup fully embodies each of those adjectives. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything like it. Continue Reading →

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Black-eyed Pea Stew with Chefs Toys & Tips

Black-eyed Pea Stew | She Paused 4 Thought

I love kitchen gadgets. The right ones can make cooking so much more fun, and efficient! Whether it is a great knife or some obscure tool that only serves one purpose, like a carrot sharpener, they all have a place in my heart (& in my kitchen drawer). Continue Reading →

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Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup)

Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup) She Paused 4 Thought

I thrive on culture shock – it engages my senses and is intensely stimulating. I love arriving in an unfamiliar country and experiencing the sites, the sounds, even the unusual odors! I long for days, even weeks, where life is in sharp contrast to my own. On the occasion of my trip to Colombia, my parents and eight other daring adventure seeking souls accompanied me. My parents inspired my love for travel –  naturally, they are one of my favorite companions.

Before I left, everyone I told questioned my judgment. I’m used to the reaction – it is the usual response I get for most of the places I have traveled. I don’t try to explain anymore. Instead, I offer this quote.

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God” – Kurt Vonnegut  Continue Reading →

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Animal Cracker Soup

photo by cathy nelson arkle
In honor of National Animal Cracker Day (April 18th) I decided to use creative license to craft a recipe from one of my favorite childhood classic songs, “Animal Crackers in My Soup” sung by Shirley Temple in the 1935 film Curly Top.

barnum-animal-crackers box

If this movie was before our time, most of us remember the Barnum animal crackers from our childhood, which are alive and well, with 40 million circus train boxes sold each year.  Long gone are the days that a box sold for just 5 cents back in 1902. Today a box costs around $1.25. Continue Reading →

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Sweet Pea Soup

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Every once in a while I make a recipe that is so simple that I wonder how it can be so good.  Sweet Pea Soup is just that – refreshingly easy to make and bright in color as well as flavor.

If you need a taste of spring in the midst of winter… this is it. Continue Reading →

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