Category: Soup

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl
I love noodle bowls—a big bowl of noodle-y soup, chock full of vegetables, interesting Asian flavors, and noodles (obviously). I especially love the idea of a poached egg in my soup—I can’t explain it, but it just makes me smile. I’ll admit I’ve had a few noodle bowl clunkers while eating out. I endured one pho that tasted... Read more »

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original
Gumbo is uniquely American—outstanding, individual, and composed of flavors as different and diverse as you can get. It’s quite literally a melting pot, as a great variety of flavors come together to form a more perfect union. I love gumbo. It’s smoky and spicy and jammed with flavor—perfect for a chilly day, but delicious any... Read more »

Split Pea Soup—You either love it or you hate it.

Split Pea Soup—You either love it or you hate it.
What is it about pea soup that causes such a strong reaction? Is it the flavor? The color? The texture? I enjoy the homey flavor of split pea soup, thick and hearty, warming me up on a winter day from the inside out. But to be honest, I remember the nightmare of being presented with... Read more »
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Creamy Broccoli Tofu Soup—A healthy start to your new year!

Creamy Broccoli Tofu Soup—A healthy start to your new year!
Happy New Year! I love the idea of renewal that the New Year brings. In the dead of winter with nothing growing outside but icicles (a least in Chicago), the notion of starting or growing something new is far from the mind. Yet in this bleak time, with autumn’s occasional warmth and colorful beauty still... Read more »

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk soup!

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk soup!
Wait! Stop! Don’t throw away that turkey carcass! You might have had gobs and gobbles of turkey already, but if you haven’t thrown away the bones you can make a delicious stock. The flavor of turkey soup brings to mind autumn, chilly weather, and the holidays. That’s probably because we don’t eat very much turkey... Read more »

Easy Vegetarian Chili—Slow cook chili on a chilly day!

Easy Vegetarian Chili—Slow cook chili on a chilly day!
I made chili yesterday. I hadn’t been planning to do it, but we had tomatoes coming out of our ears. Tomatoes in November? You ask. Why on earth would you buy an excess of tomatoes in November? It was a result of our big birthday brunch on Sunday. We bought many, many tomatoes so people... Read more »
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Mom’s Escarole Soup—A complicated childhood memory.

Mom’s Escarole Soup—A complicated childhood memory.
My mom entered a cooking contest once. She won. It was 1981. The recipe was her escarole soup. The humor in this was that my mom’s escarole soup was my least favorite dinner. I detested it. The soup was made with Italian sausage, cannellini beans, and escarole (we called it scalota). Everyone else in my... Read more »

Butternut Squash Soup—A bowl of sunshine on a dreary day!

Butternut Squash Soup—A bowl of sunshine on a dreary day!
I look out the window at the drab scenery—gray sky, freshly stripped tree branches, limp leaves plastered to the ground. Mother Nature and her overzealous cleaning crew went at the trees last night and scrubbed them bare. This happens every year when the leaves are celebrating the season, decorating the world with their colorful designs... Read more »

Cauliflower Soup--A bowl of comfort on a chilly autumn day

Cauliflower Soup--A bowl of comfort on a chilly autumn day
I went to our local farmer’s market recently. It was a sunny fall day, with blue skies and a pleasant breeze. I perused the foods and wares at the stalls, sad that the incredible corn was gone, but hopeful something might catch my eye. Then I saw it. It was big and beautiful, white and... Read more »
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