Category: Soups & Stews

lemon chicken and vegetable soup in a bowl

Lovely spring we’re having. It got up to 86 degrees on Sunday. Tuesday night it snowed. Typical spring…playing with my emotions. So we’ve got an all-seasonal soup today. It’s a livened up version of chicken soup, bursting with the bright flavors of lemon and herbs.  It’s the perfect remedy for those pollen-filled… or snowy spring days.

tuscan kale stew bowl

Before this week, I had no idea what a polar vortex was or the level of fear it could instill in me. It’s no secret I hate winter, but for the first time in my life, I was literally afraid to leave the house because of the temperature. When you wake up to find it’s three degrees outside, and the wind chill makes it actually feel like -20, panic sets in completely.  The only thing I wanted to do was…

South Carolina field peas

This New Year’s Day I learned two very important facts about my lineage:  My great-great uncle went to FEDERAL prison for making moonshine. I’ve known for a while that his illicit corn liquor distillery led to several jailhouse stays, but I had no idea he served time in federal prison. This leads me to believe he was probably a pretty successful businessman, well as successful as one could be getting people drunk off of 200 proof liquor.  Now I know…

cup of vegan broccoli cheese soup

About two years ago, I stumbled upon a lovely photo of cauliflower soup over at Food52. While pretty to look at, I was skeptical about  the liquid amalgamation’s taste.  But all of the praise in the comments section convinced me I needed to make this soup, so I followed the recipe instructions exactly, resisting the urge to add additional herbs or seasonings. I’m so glad I did. This simple blend of cauliflower, onion, olive oil and water is now a…

parsnip and fennel soup-3

When it comes to winter, overindulgence seems to be the name of the game. The cold and dreary weather implores us to stay inside and stay warm by the fireplace…with eggnog and pie. We venture out for the family gatherings, the festive parties, and the football games. There we snack on chips, cookies, cake and more pie. And our cold-weather fashion makes us forget about all that overeating. Big puffy coats and oversized sweaters work miracles, at least on the…

carrot tarragon soup

This past spring I started an indoor herb garden. French tarragon, sage, lavender, thyme and rosemary imported a Mediterranean viridity to my apartment. On sunny days when it wasn’t too humid, they took their efflorescent beauty alfresco. Whether perched upon my balcony ledge or through my living room window, they soaked up every bit of sunshine they could and flourished.   Toward the end of the summer I moved, which caused me a great deal of stress. Apparently my herbs…