Category Archives: soups

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

Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Alphabet Soup to Gear up for Summer Frenzy

Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Alphabet Soup to Gear up for Summer Frenzy

ShareTweet Summer is the time of freedom, of flashlight tag, capture the flag marathons spread over days, and movie nights on weeknights. But it’s also the time when meals can start to slide towards the less healthy: hot dogs by the pool, daily Italian ices, and burgers at swim meets. Having a batch of homemadeContinue 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

Sweet Potato and Sausage Stew: End World Hunger One Sweet Potato at a Time

Sweet Potato and Sausage Stew: End World Hunger One Sweet Potato at a Time

ShareTweet Today, food bloggers all over the web will be showcasing sweet potato recipes. In partnership with One, led by Jane and Alice, we want to bring attention to world hunger by sharing warm and filling sweet potato recipes. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and easy to grow in many climates: a great mascot toContinue 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

Curl Up with this Pumpkin Corn Soup Topped with Pears and Prosciutto

Curl Up with this Pumpkin Corn Soup Topped with Pears and Prosciutto

ShareTweet Now that Halloween is over, discount pumpkin bins are popping up everywhere. I grabbed a few pie pumpkins from the supermarket this weekend to make a fall bounty soup. I wanted to create a bowl of pure comfort, something filled with fall vegetables but also sweet, like curling up with a good book underContinue 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

>Fire Roasted Cream of Tomato Soup to Beat the Cold

ShareTweet > The cold wakes me long before my alarm rings. It has seeped into my consciousness, like a thousand tiny needles of discomfort. There’s a pearl of cold moisture dripping from my nose. My hands ache, their skin tight, and dry, peppered with a thousand painful little nicks and cracks. Even my nipples areContinue Reading

>Chili Con Carne, a Crowd Pleaser for the Oscars or Any Other March Gathering

ShareTweet > This month for the Snackpicks website, I made a big bowl of Chili Con Carne. I was asked to create a dish to serve with Cheez-It Crackers and I immediately thought of meaty, satisfying chili as the perfect match to the intense cheese flavor of Cheez-its. And the fact that the orange crackersContinue Reading

>You’ll Swear This Mushroom Soup Has Cream in It… But It Doesn’t

ShareTweet >Mushrooms gross many people out, but I find them to be fascinating and beautiful. I love how they spring up daringly out of nowhere, little puffs of white on a brilliant fall lawn, twisted in impossible positions on a tree in the woods, and even dangerously enticing with bright red polka dots on aContinue Reading

>Tasty Tuesday: Chinatown and Minestrone

ShareTweet >Chefdruck’s Tasty Tuesday The kids are off from school this week but we’ve been even busier than normal. Our town seems immune to the recession as so many people went away for the break. But we stayed put. I was worried that we would be bored during our staycation and I planned many adventuresContinue Reading