06 March 2021: Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder

Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder from Skinny Taste Winter has been continuing to hold an ice-cold grip on temperatures, so this week I felt the need to make a bowl of comfort food. This smoked salmon chowder from Skinny Taste was exactly what I was looking for! The balance between lower fat milk (I used the…

28 October 2020: Carrot-and-Fennel Soup

The New York Times has an extensive recipe collection that I’ve often used when looking for ideas for cooking. If you have a subscription to the Times, the recipe box feature is worth the price of a NYT subscription, and their newsletter, What to Cook This Week, is an extraordinary resource. With cooler Fall temperatures…

05 Oct. 2020: Vegetable Cabbage Soup

We’ve been enjoying our CSA Share from Farmer Dave for the last 3 months. This week, however, we were presented with one ginormous cabbage for which just two of us were somewhat at a loss for how to use it up. Yes, we did find a way to blanche and freeze part of it, but…

20 July 2019: Gazpacho by Way of Provence

Melissa Clark, who has been contributing to the New York Times Food Columns since 2007, has a wonderful new cookbook out this summer – Dinner in French. Inspired by time spent by her family in France, the recipes included in this book were just what we needed this summer as we limited our outside worldly…

21 March 2020: Tuscan Soup With White Beans

  Ever since we learned our granddaughter has an egg sensitivity, we have been eating more plant-based and vegan meals. Recently I discovered a really great website, A Couple Cooks. Sonja and Alex, the authors of this blog have some terrific ideas for meals – some vegan, some vegetarian, some whole food – as well…

22 May 2018: Kripalu Green Soup

I was lucky enough to spend a weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts a few years ago and, to say it was life-changing is mildly descriptive to say to least.  Since then, although I don’t always cook or eat as healthy as I should, I do like browsing through Kripalu’s…

8 February 2018: Lemony Carrot & Cauliflower Soup Meets Wine Club Arneis

When I make soup, it very often is a vegetable-based soup. Here’s a creamy – without the cream – soup that is a welcome variation on carrot-based soups. This one uses carrot, cauliflower, and light miso to blend together. It made a satisfying weeknight dinner soup.  Take Melissa Clark’s advice: don’t let the recipe hinder…

11 June 2017: “Best” Pea Soup Recipe

One of the best things about travel for me is getting ideas about ramping up our food game. Last week, we were in New York City and landed a reservation at Bar Boulud. The prix fixe for the night included a bowl of chilled pea soup which was simple, fresh, and stunning. And no, that’s…

19 February 2017: Red Curry Vegetable Soup

Living in a diverse community such as Lowell, MA, I sometimes find that I’ve taken for granted all of the ethnic flavors that are available to us here.  With one of the largest Southeast Asian populations in the United States, we’ve been so fortunate to experience some fantastic foods and flavors, and even the mainstream grocers…

17 January 2017: Indian Red Lentil Soup

It’s cold and damp and definitely a good night for soup! This recipe comes from Whole Foods Market. No kale, no problem – I used spinach in place of the kale this time around. Ingredients: 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cup red lentils 2 cups…