Kenda Williams

freelance writer and journalist – Savannah, Georgia

Soup’s On! August 8, 2011

Filed under: Food and Writing,Recipes and Food Writing,Uncategorized — Kenda Williams @ 10:10 am

It’s summer, so why am I posting about soup? Well, it’s not just because I’m ready for fall (although I am!). My hubs was in a car accident a few weeks ago and had surgery on his orbital bone and cheek bone. Needless to say, eating soft foods like soup has been about his only option other than indulging in popsicles and smoothies. I’ve been on a mission to find various soups that he might enjoy eating and that I might enjoy making. There are so many soups out there to choose from, so it’s hard to settle on opening a can of Campbell’s.

So far, I’ve made a Creamy Potato Soup, Tomato Basil Soup, and Corn Chowder. A friend of mine brought over a Butternut Squash Soup with Pear, and I have a few other ideas of soups to make…

Taco Soup for dinner!

Tonight, I made this Taco Soup, and it was amazing! Spicy and sweet with the kernels of corn, ranch-style beans, organic diced canned tomatoes, and ground turkey topped with a helping of shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, scallions and cilantro. Perfect summer soup! It’s my aunt’s recipe, which can be found in my Mom’s cookbook, “A Pinch of This… A Smidgen of That.”

My Mom is an excellent cook. You can check out her recipes on her food blog: A Pinch of This… A Smidgen of That. When I was a kid, especially in the fall and winter, she would make a collection of delicious, warm-the-heart soups that could bring anyone out of a cold or just a cold day.

This recipe for Basil Tomato Soup is amazing! I used fresh basil out of the garden, and it was perfectly sweet and aromatic. We enjoyed the soup for several days, along with a grilled cheese sandwich hot off the cast iron skillet.

What soup is your favorite? Do you have a soup recipe to share? Go for it!


Vacation Ideas and Summer Recipes July 8, 2009

Filed under: Recipes and Food Writing — Kenda Williams @ 11:45 am
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It’s summer-time in Savannah, and what better way to cool off than with fresh fruit and drinks? Especially on the humid, hot days, I crave a juicy fruit salad with a cold watermelon limeaid, margarita or New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale. Yum!

I love all types of summer fruits – cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries… the list goes on and on! Here is a simple fruit salad where I combined cherries, blueberries, blackberries, organic raspberries, grapes and dried cranberries.

Summer Berries

Summer Berries

Here are some of my recent Suite101 articles, including a few summery recipes:

Apple Pecan Green Salad, Barbecue Shrimp and Vegetable Kebabs

Dutch Apple Pie, Watermelon Limeaid and Cream Cheese Brownies with Berries

Naturally Thin – book review

Summer Vacation ideas – fun and inexpensive ways to stay close to home, be active, have a good time during the summer without breaking the bank

Happy summer from Savannah! 🙂


Summer deliciousness June 2, 2009

Filed under: Recipes and Food Writing — Kenda Williams @ 1:22 pm
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I’m a fan of simple but flavorful summer-time recipes because they involve a few fresh ingredients, big taste and affordable proportions. I put together a series of recipes that cater to the outdoor picnic-goers, the economically-conscious families, and to those who love fruit salads and summer salsas as much as I do. Pour a glass of sweet tea with lemon and mint or a fresh cherry limeaid, and you’re set for a fresh and fun summer meal.

Easy and Affordable Summer Picnic Food: Dilly Dip Potato Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Easy and Affordable Summer Meal Recipes: Chicken Noodle Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread

Summer Salsa and Fruit Salad: Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Cranberry Pineapple Jello Fruit Salad, Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Put together one of these great meals to enjoy with friends and family, and go outside and soak in some summer sunshine.


Mexican Fiesta April 24, 2009

There’s nothing better than making spicy salsa from fresh vegetables straight from the garden or farmers market. When I was in college at the University of Arkansas, I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands to cook between studying and classes. Instead, I sampled salsa around town at local Mexican restaurants and one of my favorite places on Dickson Street, Common Grounds. It’s been years since I’ve had it there, but I still remember the restaurant’s delicious homemade salsa complete with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos and cilantro that could set your mouth on fire but was so delicious.

Over the years, I’ve sampled different salsas all across the country, but I still missed the salsa at Common Grounds. I created a homemade salsa recipe that’s similar to what I had at Common Grounds with just the right combination of spice and sweetness. I included the recipe in my Cinco de Mayo party recipes for Suite 101, which also features my recipes for chicken quesadillas and jalapeno cornbread. Try out my Cinco de Mayo party drinks and desserts for your Mexican fiesta.