Root Vegetable Barley Soup with Winter’s Galactic Star

Root Vegetable Barley Soup with Winter’s Galactic StarRoot Vegetable Barley Soup – No Galactic Battle Here,
Simply Comfort & Joy in a Bowl

With Star Wars on so many minds and movie screens, it’s easy to imagine this odd-looking object as an alien planet. “Perhaps it’s Coruscant, a big deal in the Star Wars universe,” wrote my son-in-law Peter. But fortunately, it’s not. This winter galactic star goes by the name celeriac, aka celery root. Continue reading

Radish Soup for Spring – Refreshing, Flavorful & Rosy-Hued

Radish Soup for Spring – Refreshing, Flavorful & Rosy-HuedRadish Soup – The Essence of Spring

An engaging photo of a four-year-old French boy eating an open-faced radish sandwich has lingered in my memory for many years. The photo by Mark Kauffman (©1968 Time, Inc) in the Time Life Book The Cooking of Provincial France introduced me to eating radishes Continue reading

Corona Beans and Greens – Giant Creamy Luxurious Beans

Corona Beans and Greens – Giant Creamy Luxurious BeansCorona Beans and Greens – Prepare to be Astounded by these Beans

My huge dried, white corona beans arrived last Wednesday. Even larger and more gorgeous than I thought they’d be. And once cooked, oh my. I couldn’t wait to try them. So exceptional in appearance, taste, texture and size. With a swirl of baby super greens and a grating of Pecorino, Corona Beans and Greens became dinner. Continue reading

Tofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi, Too

Tofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi, TooTofu Wakame Miso Soup and Dashi — A Primer

Dashi, Japan’s traditional savory soup and cooking stock, requires minimal effort and 45 minutes or less to prepare. Yet it gives culinary staples such as miso soup a nuanced depth of flavor and an authentic taste. After learning the process for making Tofu Wakame Miso Soup during my recent Flavors of Japan Cooking Class, one student commented, Continue reading

Sweet Potato Leek Soup with Fresh Spinach

Sweet Potato Leek Soup with Fresh SpinachSweet Potato Leek Soup – Creamy & Chunky

Three gorgeous long, white leeks and a five-pound bag of organic yams gave me an idea. I’d make my favorite Country-Style Leek & Potato Soup with sweet potatoes and yams instead of russets and Yukon golds. Until I looked online, I was sure this was an original idea. Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup w/ Coconut Milk, Ginger, Lime

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup w/ Coconut Milk, Ginger, LimeRoasted Butternut Squash Soup – The Soup of the Moment

Whether orange, green, cream or gold, smooth, bumpy, ribbed or striped, winter squash epitomize the perfect vegetable for fall and winter. Winter squash are one of the richest sources of the plant-based nutrients important for a strong immune system. As a result, eating a bowl of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup helps protect against colds and flu. Continue reading

Sweet Corn Chowder – Summer’s Best

Sweet Corn Chowder – Summer’s Best Sweet Corn Chowder – Wonderfully Rich & Chunky

Triple delicious with three layers of fresh corn flavor in every bite. Soup stock made from the shucked cobs. A portion of the corn chowder puréed to thicken the soup. And, nuggets of sweet corn throughout. No wonder Sweet Corn Chowder’s been one of our favorite summer soups Continue reading