Minestrone for an Autumn Day

I went to one of our local farm stores and found this… It’s a crookneck squash, and it is gigantic! It is about the size of 3 or 4 butternut squashes! So you will likely be seeing this, or parts of it, a few times over the next few weeks. This recipe used just 1/2 of…

Andalusian Gazpacho & Catalan Vegetable Paella

Tonight’s dinner brought me back to my trip with my daughters to Barcelona last November.  Or, should I say, MAKING tonight’s dinner brought me back to our cooking class in Barcelona. I even used the recipe for gazpacho that Emily made that night. But tonight we served it in glasses. As our main meal I…

Creamy Sunchoke & Asparagus Soup

After many nights of heavy Passover foods, I was craving soup. Plus, I had stopped at one of our local orchards on my drive home from a client meeting and picked up some just-picked asparagus. Asparagus and my Jerusalem artichokes…a happy combo! The soup looks rich and tastes rich, but is so light and healthy!…

Onion Soup with Sourdough Bread

The first time I made onion soup, it exploded all over my parents’ kitchen. I was 17, and I was going to impress my boyfriend with my (apparently non-existent) cooking skill. Not only did I figure out how to explode a soup all over the kitchen, but I learned that I did not know the…

Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

I am in a soup mood.  It has been a few years since I have been in a soup mood. What does it mean to be in a soup mood?  Soups, and lots of them. My family must brace for many dinners of soups and stews. First up for the blog… Yotam Ottolenghi’s Red Lentil and…

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Thanksgiving leftover soup #2 is very different from soup #1.  As we move away from the indulgences of the Thanksgiving feast, the leftover dish can get a bit heartier.  This Southwestern Turkey Soup makes a great lunch or dinner, especially when served with a great, moist cornbread from Cutter Light.  Check out their recipe (and…

Turkey Soup

After the heavy Thanksgiving meal, I find a really just want a soup for dinner the next day.  And, luckily, Thanksgiving dinner leaves me with the makings for a great turkey stock to use as a base for the soup.  Right after dinner, I ripped apart the carcass, put it on a tray and roasted it…

Corn Gazpacho

It’s hot, I don’t want to cook, I don’t want a salad, but I have a lot of veggies on hand, even some fresh corn from a local farmer. So I pull out my blender and throw it all in… The color doesn’t look so pretty, but the taste makes up for it.  A refreshing lunch……

Kale, Spinach & White Bean Soup with Fontina

As you read this, I am in Alta, Norway, above the Arctic Circle.  I am hoping to enjoy some interesting food experiences to share, and maybe some new ideas to try.  I will be back with more new posts at the end of the month. For now I will leave you with my riff on another…

Minestrone

We recently added a 10 month old puppy to our family.  He is a Shar pei – Lab mix and, aside from being my son’s new best friend, is my constant companion in the kitchen when I cook.  He loves the end pieces of squash, carrots and tomato cores, and lays in wait for anything that…