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Thursday, January 5, 2012


My first post of the new year. Happy New years everybody. I hope everybody is well and celebrated in high style. Or at least ate in high style. I meant to have my resolution #3 start on the 1st. Guess what, did not happen. I went to the buffet with the Best Friends on the 2nd and than I had Arby’s on the 3rd. I did start my diet “officially” on the 4th but I did cheat (hmmm chocolate). Otherwise, I have been really good and I am even exercising. I am aiming to reach my ideal weight within this year. I do not want to set a specific date or else I know I will get frustrated and give up. I figured a date range, I might be able to achieve it.

I also started organizing my house. I should have taken a before and after picture of my pantry. I am excited that I could see the back of my pantry. I labeled everything from my flour bins to baskets that contain all of our snacks. If my kids stood still enough, I would have labeled them too. The husband does believe that I will mess it up within a week.

Though I am watching what I’m eating I couldn’t help try a soup that would just warm you up during this time of year.


I have been wanting to make this stew for a while. A whole stew made of all seafood. Who wouldn’t want that (well, the husband didn’t want it originally). It was totally worth making.

(adapted from
All Recipes)
3/4 cup butter
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
2 cans stewed tomatoes (I used diced instead)
2 cans chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp - peeled and deveined
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
18 mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cubed

  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot over med-low heat
  2. Add the onions, garlic and parsley. Cook until the onions are soft.
  3. Add tomatoes to the pot. Than add chicken broth, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the shrimp, scallops, mussels and cod. Bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until the mussels open.
  6. Serve.

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  1. Cioppino is one of my favorite dishes! Happy new year!

  2. Thanks tiffany, this is a dish I'm totally making again. I did find that if you added pepper flakes, it was even better.

  3. Thanks tiffany, this is a dish I'm totally making again. I did find that if you added pepper flakes, it was even better.

  4. Nom, it was yummy. You forgot to mention the chili powder we added at the end! It also made for some yummy leftovers.

  5. My husband had a fabulous cioppino in Italy. He loved it too.