french onion soup

Warm Up this Fall: Classic French Onion Soup

French onion soup, those little pots of slow-simmered onions and bubbling cheese, warms our bellies on cold autumn days.  While I’ll always have a place on my table, in my belly and in my heart for other favorite cold weather soups like curried lentil soup, egg drop soup with duck and slowcooker chicken soup, there’s… 

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Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables and Mustard Greens

Lentil Stew with Winter Vegetables and Mustard Greens

Lentil stew –   wholesome, nourishing and filling – makes for an inexpensive and satisfying meal.    I serve it in late autumn and winter, using up all the sturdy  root vegetables we keep in cold storage.  I bake a loaf of no-knead sourdough, open up a jar of homemade sauerkraut and ladle lentil stew into… 

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kale and white bean soup

Our Simple Supper: Kale and White Bean Soup

Kale and white bean soup, hearty and simple, works its way onto our supper table a few times each season.  It’s a favorite soup: rich with flavor, inexpensive to prepare with enough bulk to fill hungry bellies. In the summer time, I serve it with a crusty slice of no-knead sourdough bread topped by garlic… 

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creamy asparagus soup

My Favorite Asparagus Soup

When spring inches its way forward, there is one recipe that I invariably prepare: asparagus soup.  It’s creamy, but light, and rich with the grassy green herbaceous flavor of asparagus and leeks. Spring comes earlier to the region around us than it comes to the mountain itself.  After a long and grey-white winter, when March… 

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Lovage Soup: one of my favorte soups for spring.

Lovage Soup for Spring

In the spring, our CSA brings us tender greens, young lettuces, small roots and huge bunches of herbs.  As I picked through the farm’s choices of herbs that week: angelica, rose geranium, wormwood and mountain mint, I found myself taken by lovage.  Its clean and almost antiseptic scent and celery-like undertones appealed to me. Not… 

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bones

Portable Soup: My Homemade Bouillon

Portable soup, a sort of homemade bouillon, sustained travelers before Cup O’ Noodles lined rest stop shelves and salty powdered bouillon cubes gave home cooks a short cut in making soups, stews and sauces.  Modern cooks who seem to favor time saving packaged ingredients over more elaborate traditions have lost their taste for laborious culinary… 

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Perpetual Soup: The Easiest Bone Broth You’ll Make

Bone broth is a staple of my family’s diet.  As with healthy fats, heirloom vegetables, grass-fed meats and a good old-fashioned cod liver oil, we consume a lot of bone broths – usually aiming for one quart per person per day, at the recommendation of our nutritionist.  Broth, you see, is a nutritional powerhouse.  It… 

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a recipe for a nasty cold: egg drop soup with duck

 Egg drop soup is a favorite in our home: easy to make, rich with flavor and brimming with nutrient-dense ingredients.  A far cry from the tepid, gelatinous and oddly yellow soups of Chinese restaurants, a real egg drop soup is mild, simple and aromatic.  Like all good soups, a real egg drop soup begins with a… 

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Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk

Curried lentil soup, rich with the heady scent of toasted cardamom, coriander and fenugreek, moves from the humble to the extraordinary. I don’t often cook curries, not that I dislike them: far from it, I love curry; it’s just that I find more easy inspiration in culinary herbs from the kitchen garden (many of which… 

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