Category Archives: soup

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

Three Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm

ShareTweet Next week’s Chicago weather forecast is grim. Polar Vortex grim, with temperatures in the negative teens, and snowfall with multiple inches of accumulation. As you check your closets for winter coats and snow boots this weekend, why not throw together a batch of soup? Having it in the fridge next week will do wondersContinue Reading

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

ShareTweet My sister called me the other day, asking me for my mother’s soup recipe. This is the soup we grew up with, the soup she served us for lunch on so many cloudy Parisian days. The soup we complained about, bored to tears by its simplicity and predictability, but that we now craved asContinue Reading

Cauliflower Cheddar Apple Soup

Cauliflower Cheddar Apple Soup

ShareTweet If routine is the friend of diet, then spring break is its death knoll. For the last month and a half, I’d been dieting quietly,being a good girl, not eating dessert and enjoying big bowls of vegetable soup for lunch. Pants were fitting better and I was feeling good, no longer cringing at picturesContinue Reading

Sorrow Soup: Kicking Depression to the Curb

Sorrow Soup: Kicking Depression to the Curb

ShareTweet Over the last few weeks, depression has wrapped his arms around me like an abusive lover. I escaped to California to outrun him, but he was right here waiting when I landed two days later in a blizzard. Depression is a sneaky bastard like that. He keeps me chained to his side, lingering inContinue Reading

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

Tomato Corn Chowder: a Comforting Riot of Color in a Bowl

ShareTweet The mountain of snow outside keeps on growing. At some point, it will be higher than the swingset. The snow keeps on falling, right along with the temperature. I’m cold, chilled all the way to the ends of my elbows. I went for a long run at the gym this morning and got soContinue Reading

Creamy Butternut Squash Bisque: a Slow Cooker Diet Treat

Creamy Butternut Squash Bisque: a Slow Cooker Diet Treat

ShareTweet Vegetable soup is my favorite diet food. It can also be my favorite indulgence. This creamy bisque tastes decadent but only has a little cream cheese in it to give it texture. My typical New Year’s resolution diet soup is fat free, but this year, I’m sharing this bisque recipe as the benefits ofContinue Reading

Creamy Bacon Tomato Soup: A Love Letter to Myself

Creamy Bacon Tomato Soup: A Love Letter to Myself

ShareTweet My cooking is done in large batches nowadays. It’s not uncommon to find two chickens roasting in my oven and double pans of duck fat potatoes crisping on the stovetop, while the slow cooker labors alone in the background, filled to the rim with creamy bolognese sauce for the next night’s dinner. I sometimesContinue Reading

Golden Tortellini Soup: Delicious Poultry Therapy

Golden Tortellini Soup: Delicious Poultry Therapy

ShareTweet Happy chickens make happy soup. And yesterday, as the snow fell all day, slowly reducing the world to a quiet white wonderland, I definitely needed to fill my home with a dose of happy. News about my dad’s condition kept trickling in, text after text, getting more and more dire. With everything so quietContinue Reading

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

Chicken Soup for the Flu Plague

ShareTweet Have you gotten your flu shot this year? I got my flu shot, along with half of my children. But it didn’t save us from being hit by the flu plague over Thanksgiving break. The flu hit us like a mac truck, just leveled our family into a wheezing, coughing, whining mess. I wasContinue Reading

Stone Soup: a Child’s Invitation to Fill the Pot

Stone Soup: a Child’s Invitation to Fill the Pot

ShareTweet Have you ever made stone soup? More than a simple vegetable soup, it can be an invitation to get creative and fill the pot for the whole family. Long before my kids discovered the Disney Channel and its bevvy of child stars, Little Bear was our favorite show. That mysteriously half-clothed bear wandered throughContinue ReadingContinue Reading

A Bisque in Name Only: Sweet Potato Corn Ancho Chili Bisque

A Bisque in Name Only: Sweet Potato Corn Ancho Chili Bisque

ShareTweet If you lurk in food forums, you’ll find the strangest topics get people fired up. Did you know that bisque, vegetable bisque, is actually a controversial subject? Vegetables bisques should be called Cream of vegetable soups. Not bisques. A bisque is traditionally a crustacean soup, made from shells of lobster, shrimps, or crabs. Smooth,Continue Reading

Creamy Cucumber Gazpacho

Creamy Cucumber Gazpacho

ShareTweet When was the last time you had an amazing dish at a restaurant, something so good you wanted to lick the plate? For me it was a few weeks ago, when I begged a few bites of the cucumber gazpacho my husband was enjoying on the back patio of Maya de Sol, a localContinue Reading

A Different Type of Chilled Soup: Roasted Carrot

A Different Type of Chilled Soup: Roasted Carrot

ShareTweet Having squeezed my postpartum body into a bathing suit in public last weekend, I am back on my soup diet with a vengeance. Say what you will about breastfeeding, but it’s not melting the pounds off this body. With a big bowl of soup to fill me up at lunch, I spend the restContinue Reading

Acting my Age with Cream of Endive Soup

Acting my Age with Cream of Endive Soup

ShareTweet What foods did you hate as a child? I don’t mean foods that you vaguely disliked, that made you groan and complain to your mother until you sank your fork in and decided it wasn’t so bad after all. I’m talking about foods that you just couldn’t bring yourself to put in your mouth,Continue Reading

Indulge a Little with this Butternut Squash Coconut Bisque

Indulge a Little with this Butternut Squash Coconut Bisque

ShareTweet The difference between a bowl of bisque and a bowl of soup is a treasure trove of hidden, lick the bowl clean, moan-inducing calories. Every once in a while, it’s fun to cheat and indulge. A big bowl of root vegetable soup is my favorite lunch in the winter, especially when I am tryingContinue Reading

Pumpkin Turkey Chili: a Healthy Chili Cook Off Winner

Pumpkin Turkey Chili: a Healthy Chili Cook Off Winner

ShareTweet I love a party, especially when there’s a food angle to the festivities. When the chili cook off invitation had come into my email in early December, I was so excited. I envisioned soaking a rainbow of heirloom beans overnight to create a truly dazzling chili, delicious and filling, but much more appealing thanContinue Reading

Coffee Chat and Bouillabaisse with Paul Kahan

Coffee Chat and Bouillabaisse with Paul Kahan

ShareTweet Last night, I was lured out of my newborn nest to attend an irresistible foodie event: an intimate discussion and recipe demonstration with Paul Kahan, executive chef and partner of Blackbird, Avec, and Publican, three delicious trendsetting restaurants in Chicago. For those of you out of the Chicago area, Kahan was noted in theContinue Reading

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Burrata and Truffle Oil

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Burrata and Truffle Oil

ShareTweet After I gave birth to my third child, I really struggled with losing the baby weight. At nine months postpartum, I still had a good 25 pounds to lose, but they turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Those 25 pounds let me discover the joy of running and playing tennis. But exerciseContinue Reading