Soups

Thai Vegetable and Tofu Soup

I’ve been wanting a good Thai cookbook for awhile now, so I was thrilled when I recently received a copy of Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin to review. The first section of the book is dedicated to the basics – Thai cooking techniques, tools, and ingredients – which is perfect for someone new to [read more →]

Three Bean and Corn Chili

Happy new year! I’m back from my unintentional blog hiatus…and my new year’s resolution is to blog more regularly. I’ve missed it. I can’t believe what a whirlwind year of change 2013 was for me. In the very beginning of last year, Matt and I were living in Somerville and not quite sure what the [read more →]

Matt and I usually split up dinner duty. He’ll cook Monday and Tuesday, for example, and I’ll take Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, I had plans for one of “my” nights to cook a bok choy and noodle stir fry. I had gone to the Japanese market on my way home from class to pick [read more →]

Cold Zucchini Soup + Our NYC Apartment (!)

I’m back! Moving always takes way more time and energy than I expect. We’re finally (mostly) settled into our new apartment and loving it so far. Our kitchen is small, obviously, but the natural light is a dream. And we have a gas stove! We definitely had to get pretty creative with storage, hanging as [read more →]

Curried Carrot Soup

Yikes…my chemistry class kind of snuck up on me! I’m in the home stretch now. One more week of class, then a week of studying for the final. Then relaxation. Until the NYC move, at least. I’ve been trying to make cooking a priority (along with maintaining somewhat of a social life), but I’ve definitely [read more →]

I know spring has officially arrived, but let’s be honest…it’s still soup weather. Good thing I have a freezer full of 8 – that’s right, 8 – quarts of homemade chicken stock. Braised chicken has been on a lot of my catering menus lately, and I never let a good chicken carcass go to waste! [read more →]

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Matt and I are starting to realize why we got such a good deal on our Davis Square apartment. Being on the third floor of an old townhouse means that it’s unbearably hot in the summer, yet our apartment has basically no insulation to keep the heat in during the winter. I’m pretty sure when [read more →]

Vegetarian Hominy Chili

Sometimes, recipes don’t turn out as planned. I had grand plans last week to make posole using the bag of Rancho Gordo hominy that had been sitting in the pantry for far too long. After deciding on a recipe from 101 Cookbooks and starting to cook the hominy, I realized the ground chile I bought [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew…Revisited

The Philadelphia Marathon is this Sunday, and the end of my training hasn’t exactly gone as planned. I wound up with a sprained ankle two weeks ago, just a few days after my 20 mile run. I thought something felt off, but I continued with my mid-week 8 miler anyways. Bad idea. I figured I [read more →]

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

I have been eating so much cauliflower lately. It’s such a versatile vegetable – I put it in tomato sauce, frittatas, mash it with potatoes, and just snack on it plain roasted. Last weekend, I took the idea of potato and leek soup, and replaced the potatoes with roasted cauliflower. I kept it simple to [read more →]

Pea and Mint Soup

Fresh peas are one of my favorite summer vegetables, and I couldn’t believe it when I realized last week that I hadn’t bought any yet. I eat frozen peas year round (I just can’t get enough), but there’s nothing like the sweetness and pop of a fresh pea. I was also all excited about my [read more →]

Mushroom Miso Soup

I can’t believe I discovered a new favorite soup right after winter officially ended. Funny how that works. It seemed as though winter was coming back with a vengeance last weekend when the temperature dropped, oh, 30 degrees overnight (ok, it may not have been that bad). That kind of messed with my emotions, and [read more →]

The second course of our Valentine’s Day truffle dinner was a creamy cauliflower soup with truffles and homemade croutons. Like the other courses, I kept it really simple. I started the soup with shallots and garlic, then added vegetable stock and cauliflower, and then pureed it all with a little bit of heavy cream. If [read more →]

Now that my vacation is over, I’m back on the road for work again. I flew to DC on Monday morning and was looking for something fast, healthy and comforting to make after work. It’s not too often that I come across a recipe that is both healthy AND comforting, but Martha Rose Shulman’s recipe [read more →]

Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup

Happy Halloween! Even though it seemed more like Christmas than Halloween in Boston over the weekend, I made some pumpkin soup to remind myself that it is still Fall. I came up with this Thai curry pumpkin soup for something a little different. I started by roasting a sugar pumpkin, and then added it to [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

I’m going to Spain for the holidays this year! My mom and I will be spending Christmas with friends in Madrid and Matt is going to meet us there after Christmas for another couple of weeks. We went over to my mom’s to book flights on Saturday night and made Jose Andres’s Moorish Chickpea Stew [read more →]

Three Bean Chili

What I love about making chili is that it’s so easy to improvise. It turns out differently every time, but only gets better and better. I used three types of beans for this version – black, pinto, and kidney. The base consisted of cooked down onions, red bell pepper, and poblano pepper. A few chipotle [read more →]

Ribolitta

Marco Canora’s ribolitta is made with a type of kale called cavolo nero (aka black cabbage, or Lacinato) and served with lots of parmesan cheese and crusty bread. The recipe can be either made with a meat stock, or with water to make it vegetarian. It’s so comforting, but extremely healthy as well. I don’t [read more →]

Gazpacho with Smoked Paprika Croutons

I‘ve been making a lot of gazpacho this summer to make the most out of tomato season. In the past, I’ve made it the very traditional way with stale bread to thicken the soup, but we had a huge heirloom tomato from my neighbor’s garden last week that was so good that I just pureed [read more →]

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