Broccoli Salad

  • 5 to 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed
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  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste


Combine broccoli florets, raisins, sunflower seeds, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, and peas in a large serving bowl; toss to combine. In a separate bowl or large cup, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Add dressing to the salad and toss to mix well; chill thoroughly before serving.
Broccoli salad serves 4 to 6.

Cream of Broccoli soup

This recipe is extremely versatile; the only vegetable you MUST have (for obvious reasons), is the broccoli. Everything else can be substituted with whatever you happen to have the fridge (zucchini, peppers, cauliflower, asparagus, etcetera).

This soup is great as left-overs: just as soup, reheated (or cold!), as pasta sauce, as a dip for crusty bread, poured over cold pasta, too…yum. It’s really quite delicious.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or cooking oil is fine)
  • 1 head broccoli, florets divided
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ Vidalia (sweet) onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine or champagne
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup regular/table cream


  1. Melt butter with oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add broccoli, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and parsley. Cover; cook until onion and broccoli are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add flour and stir until cooked and then add the chicken broth and wine. Cover and simmer vegetables 40 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and thyme. When ready to serve, add cream and cook through – about 5 minutes. Serve with bread or rolls to scoop up every last drop of soup. Do not omit the wine — trust me, I did this the once and it just didn’t taste the same. The wine affords it a very rich, slightly tangy taste…which is really a big part of the soup for me.(