Search Results for: Hot soups & stews

Tricked-Out Ramen for Beat-Back Souls

A bleak, rainy day in April finds me hungry, deliriously jet-lagged, and loathe to venture far to replenish our larder. We’ve been roaming the bottom of the earth for several weeks, and have returned to the remnants of Michigan’s most ruthless of winters – snarly friends and pitted piles of sooted, melting ice lie in … Full recipe post »

Congee: Chinese Chicken & Rice Porridge with Scallion & Ginger

Every culture seems to have a version of curative chicken soup (oft referred to as Jewish penicillin), the most common denominator being the use of homemade chicken stock. I’ve a friend with a dreadful flu, who’s had a rough ride in general this winter, and I was looking for just the right chicken soup to … Full recipe post »

Kale & Lentil Soup with Indian Flavors

Snowed in? Lovely, no doubt, but maybe not so much if you have to be at work this morning, and must shovel your way out in sub-zero, real-feel temps. Here’s a soup I made – mostly from pantry staples. It’s subcontinent heat soothes my tired winter soul, while the nourishment from the lentils, kale and … Full recipe post »

Lobster Bisque and other Wintry Seafood Stews

Greetings and good wishes for 2014! Last Thursday our band of revelers headed to the country for an old-fashioned family Christmas hosted by Shirley and Stuart at their charming farmhouse. The guest of honor was one large turkey sacrificed the day before for the feast, then smoked outdoors on a Big Green Egg (any smoker … Full recipe post »

Southwest Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder

Autumn days are as good as it gets, with warmish daytime weather, leaves in their last gasp of green, soon crisping into oranges, yellows and reds set against impossibly blue skies. Chilly evenings follow the days with those brassy disc moons – so great for sleeping, and for warming up with soup, steaming hot, delivering … Full recipe post »

Chili with the Works

A couple of weeks back, Jessica Webster wrote an article featuring a recipe for Texas Chili. Previous to this, I had planned to write a meaty chili recipe for the paper myself, to complement remote-driven Super Bowl entertainment; chili and chicken wings are to the Super Bowl as turkey and stuffing are to Thanksgiving. I contacted Jessica … Full recipe post »

Creamy-Thick White Chili with Rotisserie Chicken

Richard’s birthday was this week and he requested I make white chicken chili, which I generally make quite spicy. But with a passel of children and their sensitive taste buds joining the revelry, I reduced the heat index by using only 1 serrano pepper and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, and I placed the jalapeno … Full recipe post »

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Here’s a reasonably quick soup to assemble, and a great recipe for showcasing your finest extra-virgin oil, which is drizzled into the bowl just prior to eating at the diner’s discretion. Unless you’re using a rich homemade seafood stock, the final soup begs for a bit of this rich flavor added at the end of cooking time … Full recipe post »

Garfagnana,Tuscany: Farro Soup

A couple of weeks ago I described (in a tiny chestnut shell), my recent trip to visit a friend in Lucca, Italy. I spoke of our hike north of Lucca in the Garfagnana, where the landscape was dotted with chestnut hunters, and made a pasta dish using Michigan chestnuts when I arrived home.  While at … Full recipe post »

Tomato-Zucchini Soup

I purchased a tiny tomato cookbook at a library sale last summer — I still prefer illustrated cookbooks to recipes I find online. I much prefer working from pulp than electronics; the recipes seem better tested. The author made a commitment to publishing, thus acknowledging the inability to make corrections at a later date. This book is … Full recipe post »

Fresh Asparagus Soup with Herb Croutons

When local asparagus are filling tables and bins at the Farmers Market, here’s one of my favorite spring soups to make: an abstract painting in a bowl. If you’ve time, make a homemade stock with the lower ends of the asparagus and the leek or scallion greens. Simply chop them up, combine with chopped carrot, … Full recipe post »

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is classic Southern fare, the origins of the sturdy soup contested feverishly in the South. Did the recipe originate in Brunswick County, Va., Brunswick County, N.C. or Brunswick, Ga.? Loyal to our next-door neighbor state, my Alabama mother was certain its naissance was Brunswick, Ga., and she made Brunswick Stew often when I was a … Full recipe post »

Scarola e Faciole: White Bean and Escarole Soup with Homemade Pancetta

“Yumm… greens and beans,” said our buddy Joe Spallina, inhaling the simmering pork and rosemary in my version of Scarola e Faciole, a thick, aromatic soup of escarole and white beans. Joe is a technology wizard and pays my husband, Richard, and I an occasional visit, bestowing lessons and imparting kernels of wisdom to assuage our computer-challenged … Full recipe post »

Beef Stewed in Wine with Bacon and Aromatics

I agonized over the title of this recipe. The end result is a Beef Stew, but that sounds so pedestrian. And it’s so delicious — shouldn’t I give it a fancier name than that? After all, the ingredients were adapted from the venerable Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon recipe that begins on page 271 of her 1968 … Full recipe post »

Cioppino (Italian Fish Stew)

When it comes to enjoying Italian food, everybody’s Italian — or so I’ve heard. Cioppino, a tomato-wine based seafood soup, was – according to various websites – made famous by Italian immigrants in San Francisco over 150 years ago, and served Christmas Eve. There are many reasons I’ve incorporated this divine concoction into my own holiday … Full recipe post »