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Scarola e Fagiole: 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 Fagiole, 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 »

Carrot Soup with Thai Flavors

Hey readers. It’s me — Peggy. I feel so alone. Like I’m penning scriptures to roll into a bottle, then cast into the ocean for some lonely heart to read. Could that lonely heart be you? Are you actually out there reading — gasp — a food blog? And after the exigencies of Thanksgiving, no less. Don’t … Full recipe post »

Harvest Chili

October sun slants low, gradations of gold lie warped, creeping across the kitchen. I venture outside and revel in late afternoon’s warmth spreading across my back. Sleeveless, inhaling the musk of decaying leaves racked into piles, I cling to the heat of an Indian Summer day. But the squash know better. In markets and gardens … Full recipe post »

Lamb and Lentil Soup with Tuscan Kale

I’ve made variations on this  soup in past blogs, but this recipe will be even better because I have (trumpet fanfare)…a meaty lamb bone to make the stock. Last week I made a boneless leg of lamb in puff pastry and asked the butcher to save the bone for me after he boned it. To … Full recipe post »

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup)

Lest you be reminded, this Monday is the cruelest of days — April 18, tax day — time to shore-up your dollars and cents; time to organize the deductibles, scrambling to save every blessed last dime; but there he is, knocking at the door, there’s no place to hide — it’s time to feed the … Full recipe post »

Thai Green Curry Shrimp and Broccoli Soup

My brother says the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink — known in some circles as indulging in “the hair of the dog that bit you.” A Bloody Mary loaded with Tabasco and horseradish is his tonic of choice. A close friend advised me that her cure for a broken heart … Full recipe post »

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

My husband balks when he observes me cooking with butter, cream and half-and-half. Yet when I told him I was making a broccoli soup, he requested that it be thick and creamy. What is it we find so comforting about hot, creamy soups at this time of the year? I could have thickened the brew … Full recipe post »

Good and Quick Chicken Chili

Not a white chili, not a red chili — it’s more of an orange chili, and it’s the fastest chili I’ve ever made. I had an hour, in between the gym and a kid’s hockey game, and needed to feed the gang before we left. I purchased an unfamiliar Better Than Bouillon Chili base. Sure, stock bases … Full recipe post »

Oxtail Soup

Unctuous. Indeed, unctuous is the word that comes to mind when slurping this soup. This is a soup for folks that don’t mind a bit of fat hanging to the bones. It’s a soup for those of us who like to pick at succulent bits of meat wedged into bones. If I haven’t turned you … Full recipe post »

Curried Red Lentil Soup

I’ve been over-indulging with some favorite foods (think butter, cream, tempura batters, etc.) and plan to do more of the same in the upcoming week. To balance the internal coffers, I’m making a red lentil soup full of vegetables and flavor — I’ll have enough for leftovers. The soup last several days, refrigerated. This is … Full recipe post »

Southwest Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Maybe it’s the recipe for Corn-Bread, Chipotle and Smoked Paprika stuffing that sounds so tasty. Or, perhaps, the Adobo Blend rub I plan to rub into the turkey. But for the first time in 30 years, I’m messing with my family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Putting chipotles and cumin into our traditional Butternut Squash and Apple … Full recipe post »

Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

Looking for ideas for the upcoming holidays? Consider clicking the holiday cookbook : “Thankful for Food” Holiday Collection 50+ Festive dinnerFeed Recipe Suggestions The kale is the my last survivor in November’s garden. Even after several nights of frost, it stands proud, stoic, ready to provide us one final meal. This is a delicious brothy, peasant-styled soup; … Full recipe post »

Transylvanian Beef Stew with Pumpkin Goulash

This is a treasured family recipe dating from my ancestral Transylvania kitchen, or so the legend goes. My husband Richard enjoys telling anyone kind (or bored) enough to listen that I trace my bloodline back to Count Dracula. How insulting! Why does he (and most everyone) automatically associate the stunning Carpathian landscape and rich history … Full recipe post »