Soup, Stew and a Snow Storm at Sue’s

This storm was so big, it had a name:  Jonas.  With nearly record-breaking snowfall what’s an apartment bound New Yorker to do?  Cook and eat of course!!!!  We love sitting around and sharing a cheese and meat plate before dinner.  This soup is real comfort food and perfect for the first night of a blizzard.  Get the recipe here.  Comfort Soup

Dinner that night was my grandmother’s Irish stew.  A real stick to your ribs meal. THAT's comfort food... stew with dumplings

…now THAT’s comfort food… stew with dumplings.

If you simply follow the steps in my handwritten recipe, you’ll create a great stew.  The dumplings are right here:  Dumplings!

final_300dpiThe Divas dish on Sue’s dish.     Sue:  I’ll mention a couple of things about the stew and dumplings.  You can use chuck cut into 2 inch pieces for the stew.  Be very patient browning it.  If you crowd too much in the pot at once the meat steams rather than browns.  Use 2 tbsp of butter to brown the meat.  Add more butter if you need to — it’s just stew not some secret formula.  When making the dumplings don’t over mix them.  The batter  will be very lumpy.  When you drop them into the stew it thickens the broth.  Mimi:  It absolutely tickles me to go through Sue’s ancient recipes and discover these handwritten, well-worn pieces of paper.  That’s how you know it’s good food … they’ve stood the test of time.  I’m  not a big root vegetable or leek fan so I’ll pass on the soup.  But, that stew with dumplings …oh boy… get in my belly now!  My first attempt at making dumplings was a real mess so, I definitely should give it another shot.



March Margarita Madness (12-14 Guests)


OK, no kidding, I am just about over this winter!  I always feel like March is the toughest month to get through.  The holidays are behind us and we are in limbo waiting for Spring.  We are going to celebrate with March Margarita Madness.  What better way to spark things up than to invite a few friends over for a late afternoon casual buffet supper?  Is someone you love a fanatic about NCAA basketball championships and glued to the TV?  Don’t fret this is the perfect excuse to have a celebration!

Menu for a Buffet Supper

Pico de gallo (hot)

Pico de gallo (mild)



Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup 

A variety of garnishes for the soup

Jicama Carrot Slaw

Corn Bread

Rice Pudding Cones

And Some Drink Ideas


Corona Beer

Dos Equis Beer

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

A to Z Pinot Gris 2011

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2009


This table is fabulous.  It’s bright, cheery and colorful.  It simply screams:  “Time to Celebrate!”.   The snow reminds us we are not through  with winter yet and this is the perfect antidote to a dreary afternoon.  Of course, I’m always up for a casual get together and this fits the bill perfectly.  Serving soup in coffee mugs means I can walk around and visit with all the guests.

Hey Sue!! You know what’s really fabulous?  MY iguana salt and pepper shakers named Iggy and Ziggy.  They are ready to “shake it up” and celebrate.


Follow the diva to our website for the details on how we beat the mid-winter blahs with this celebration!