Hi Friends!

It is soup season! Hurray! I once read that "soup is a hug in a bowl." I wholeheartedly agree!

What did good old mom always make for you when you were sick? Soup! What did you have to look forward to after a cold day out in the winter weather? Soup! What brings warmth to the body with a plethora of delicious ingredients? Soup! What other food do you know that has a classic tale written about it other than SOUP! (“Stone Soup” - It’s a great story! Look it up!!!)

You can't go wrong with soup!

My mom used to make a killer beef stew. I remember a long time ago when I had come home from college for Thanksgiving break. I brought a couple of friends home with me because they lived too far away to just go home for the weekend, so they came to have Thanksgiving with my family and me.

The first whole day we were home my friends, and I had all types of activities planned. While we were gone for the day, my Mom put together her beef stew and let it cook all day long.

When we came home from our day of winter frolicking, we were greeted with the amazing smell of Mom’s beef stew. We all grabbed bowls and filled our bellies with that delicious stew.

Not too many minutes after we finished eating, Mom came into the room and asked where all the beef stew had gone. Poor Mom never even got a spoonful of it for herself!

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find Mom’s beef stew recipe since she passed. But I have since found some really incredible soup recipes that I make often for my family.

Today I am going to share a recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup. It’s warm, hearty, comforting and very delicious! Make a pot full for your family on a cold winter day and you will be giving them a big hug in a bowl! Enjoy!!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Makes 5 servings


  • 3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and chopped into slices
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef, browned
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 - 10.5 ounce cans vegetable soup*
  • 1 soup can of water


  1. Layer the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions in a slow cooker.
  2. In a frying pan, heat the oil and brown the stew beef until no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, basil and pepper. Spoon the seasoned beef over the vegetable in the slow cooker.
  3. Combine the tomato sauce, soup and water. Pour over the beef and vegetables.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the vegetables and meat are tender.

* You can substitute tomato soup for the vegetable soup, but we enjoy the extra vegetables from the vegetable soup.


Delish Thursday is a KDXU weekly feature written by local St. George culinary expert Laura Squires. Laura doesn't have a restaurant or bakery, but if you've ever tasted her food, you know that she is one of the best food artists in the world! Laura has been a resident of Southern Utah for  more than 30 years.



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Delish Thursday: Have A Decadently Chocolate Halloween


Hi Friends!

Happy Halloween! Dark, cool nights, trick-or-treaters lining the streets, brightly lit pumpkins, doorbells ringing, candy bags bulging, families gathering. Oh, the joy of Halloween.

Some people like the scary side of this holiday. When they think of Halloween, they envision scary masks, creepy clowns, soul-chilling scary movies, and frightening follies.

But not me! I detest scary movies and costumes. Instead, I prefer the “sweet” side of Halloween: the children in cute costumes, the homey decorations, the big bowl of candy, and the delicious baked treats.

It wouldn’t seem like Halloween for my family if I didn’t make them some peanut-nutty Monster Toes, gooey chocolate brownies, rich, buttery sugar cookies or chocolatey Monster Stomp cookies.

So today I will share with you one of our favorites … the recipe for Monster Stomp cookies. They are easy to make but do require a waffle iron.

I leave you with this Halloween wish: When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may fun be yours on Halloween!



  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons milk


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the unsweetened chocolate and butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until fluffy.
  3. Slowly incorporate the melted chocolate mixture into the egg/sugar mixture.
  4. Add the flour slowly.
  5. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Grease or butter the waffle iron.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture (4 cookies worth) onto the waffle iron and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Remove from the waffle iron and cool slightly.
  9. For the frosting, cream the butter and vanilla.
  10. Stir in the cocoa and powdered sugar.
  11. Add enough milk to make a creamy, spreadable frosting.
  12. Spread the frosting onto the slightly warm cookies.
  13. Store in an airtight container.


Delish Thursday is a KDXU weekly feature written by local St. George culinary expert Laura Squires. Laura doesn't have a restaurant or bakery, but if you've ever tasted her food, you know that she is one of the best food artists in the world! Laura has been a resident of Southern Utah for  more than 30 years.

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Delish Thursday: Chili Time Of Year In Southern Utah

Chili and cornbread in a cast iron skillet

Hi Friends!

My husband is amazing! He has so many great qualities. One of those qualities being that he is not a picky eater. He will eat just about anything.

There are a few (yes, only a few) exceptions. He hates liver and onions! He despises chewy, sour candy (Unbelievable). He doesn’t particularly like plums. He can’t stand the taste or smell of split pea soup. And he really, really dislikes beans.

For this reason, I hardly ever made chili, which was disappointing because I love chili. But my sweet husband patiently grinned and bore it when I would make chili every year for Halloween (of course, it helped that I promised him we would cook up hot dogs to go with it along with a lot of side dishes).

Over the years I have worked on and modified my chili recipe and have learned to make a really good chili with lots of meat and very few beans. I think my husband can honestly tell you that now he likes chili.

In fact, last time I made it, I think he had a second serving. Now that is something to celebrate!

While we are on the subject of celebrating, this chili makes a delicious dinner for a cool Halloween night. Make a pot to share with your family and friends. It is filling, zesty and oh-so-monstrously good!

Mama’s Meat-Filled Chili


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or 2 pounds stew meat (I actually add both!)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (More or less depending on if you like beans.)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (7 3/4 ounce) can El Pato hot tomato sauce
  • 2 to 4 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt to taste (1 to 3 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 chili seasoning packets
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)


  1. Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic together.
  2. Drain and put in a slow cooker. (If you are using stew meat as well or instead, brown the stew meat with the onion and garlic and then put it in the slow cooker.)
  3. Add to the slow cooker tomato paste, tomato sauces, diced tomatoes and water.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, salt (start with a teaspoon and add more to taste as the chili cooks throughout the day), brown sugar and seasoning packets.
  5. Once the seasonings are mixed, stir them into the tomato/meat mixture.
  6. Stir in the liquid smoke if using.
  7. Cook on high for four hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
  8. Stir every 2 or 3 hours and add a small amount of salt and water if needed.
  9. About an hour before you serve the chili, rinse and drain the beans and add them to the slow cooker.
  10. Cook for one more hour. Serve with your favorite toppings.
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Delish Thursday: It's A Graveyard Smash With This Halloween Treat


Hi Friends!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Okay, I know that is a Christmas carol, but it fits for this time of year as well. Who doesn’t love Autumn?

I have to guess that your menu, like mine, changes as the temperatures get cooler. And as we flip the calendar to October it is also a fun time to make our menu a little more ghoulish. (No that is not a typo, I didn’t mean goulash, I really did mean ghoulish! Although ghoulish goulash is not a bad idea!)

I love to make Halloween treats and recipes!

Every October around this time we gather as a family and have a pumpkin painting contest. It is a great tradition that we all look forward to every year.

Our sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids all paint pumpkins and at the end of the evening there are prizes for everyone.

Part of the fun of that evening is the menu. We always have hot dogs, chili, Cheetos Bones, graveyard veggies (raw carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, etc.), Monster Stomp cookies or Monster Toe cookies ( I switch these up, or if I have time, I make both.), Graveyard Crunch and homemade root beer. The food is monstrously delightful.

This month I am going to share some of these recipes with you and encourage you to start your own family pumpkin painting traditions. Enjoy and HAPPY OCTOBER!!!


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 (1/2 cup) servings


  • 1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups GOLDEN GRAHAMS cereal
  • 1 cup dry roasted or honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup M&M’s candy (Preferably Halloween colors)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place the syrup, butter and cinnamon in a large microwavable bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir until the butter is completely melted.
  4. Add the cereal and peanuts; mix lightly.
  5. Pour mixture onto a well-greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan and spread it out evenly.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Break into pieces and place in a large serving bowl.
  9. Add marshmallows and candies.
  10. Mix lightly.
  11. Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

* Other ideas you can add to this once the baked mixture has cooled are pretzel sticks or chocolate covered pretzels, Bugles, chocolate covered candies (raisins or peanuts), Reese's Pieces, or mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

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