Lemon Snowcap Beans and Stars Soup

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Another week, another soup recipe.  Soup is so convenient for a packed lunch, easy to load with vegetables and protein, and so satisfying when heated up.  This recipe even uses tiny star pasta, though you can use any kind of tiny pasta if you can’t find stars. Rainbow Swiss chard just makes me smile.  I remember the first time I saw it at the Union Square farmers’ market in Cambridge.  I barely knew what it was, and I certainly didn’t know what to do with it, but I bought it anyways because the pinks and reds and yellows of the … Continue reading

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Kale

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Soup making is the perfect activity for a weekend afternoon.  Very little conscious thought is required for a simple soup, and you can putter around, reading or cleaning while keeping the soup on the back burner.  My black bean soup might seem to have a very long cooking time, but it slowly simmers away in the time it takes to clean our two bedroom apartment.  Or watch a few episodes of Downton Abbey.  You know, however you choose to spend a Sunday afternoon. I love bringing soup for lunch throughout the week, though at work I’ll liberate some goldfish from … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

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While reading Cate’s blog last week, I saw her link to Branny’s Souper Bowl and knew I had to participate.  For every entry Branny gets, she’s donating to the ASPCA, which is a cause dear to my heart.  All of our pets, both from my childhood and the crazy fuzzies who keep us company today have been rescues of some sort.  This little munchkin didn’t even weigh 2 pounds yet when we brought her home from the shelter.  I almost named her 15 instead of Abby because she weighed just 1lb 15 oz.  I love all our cats, but this … Continue reading

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

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My company has lunch on-site every day.  Nothing fancy, mostly just soup, a salad bar, and occasionally a sandwich bar.  Still the convenience is great, and I love having warm soup for lunch.  Unfortunately, the vegetarian soups lean heavily on lentils.  French lentil soup, vegetarian lentil soup, curried lentil soup, etc…  I like lentils as much as the next girl, but when the non-vegetarian soups range from wild mushroom bisque to black bean soup, I have some serious soup envy.  Especially since many of those soups could be easily made vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. So … Continue reading

Kale and White Bean Soup

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It’s hard to cook in an unfamiliar kitchen. Lacking your usual tools, the familiar measuring cups or your trusty cutting board, an old standby dish suddenly becomes a new kind of challenge. My grandmother has managed for years to feed the whole hoard of us Christmas dinner from a kitchen with 12 square inches of counter space, a cutting board the size of my hand and a single knife that hasn’t been sharpened since before World War II. Lacking what are clearly her MacGyver skills, I resort to tearing ingredients with my hand or smashing them when faced with a … Continue reading

A Vegetarian Riff on French Onion Soup

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I have no childhood associations with French onion soup the way I did with stuffing.  The fact that it’s traditionally made with beef broth didn’t wreak havoc on me when I became vegetarian because I don’t think I’ve ever even had traditional French onion soup.  My sister and I hated onions when we were children.  I don’t know why we hated onions.  I don’t remember being averse to the taste, or the smell, or even the texture of cooked onions.  I just remember hating onions.  I think sometimes my mom would successfully sneak them into dishes if she cut them … Continue reading

Mushroom, Tofu and Bok Choy Soup with Homemade Noodles

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Can we pause for just a minute and focus on the title.  HOMEMADE noodles.  That’s right.  A number of kitchen techniques make me anxious.  I’ve been slowly conquering them, pickling peppers, canning tomatoes, and making pie crust from scratch.  Still, when I bookmarked the inspiration recipe for this post, I did it knowing that making homemade pasta was not going to be super easy. Turns out I was completely, and happily wrong.  Making these noodles is so simple.  And then you can happily consume a giant bowl of soup, and slurp every noodle feeling totally satisfied that you made them … Continue reading

Blended Vegetable Soups

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Fall and winter are nearly upon us in Berkeley.  That means that it gets darker earlier, that it’s about 5 degrees cooler outside, and the fog descends in the morning and doesn’t burn off until lunch.  While Berkeley fall and winter can hardly compete with Boston’s cool crisp days turning to cold snowy days, it still feels like soup weather.  Somehow, I just seem to know that it’s time to pack away the shorts and tank tops and pull out the sweaters and boots, even if the weather would still be considered warm if we were back in Boston.  Along … Continue reading

Spicy Sopa de Ajo

I truly admire “real” food bloggers. Their diligence amazes me. I never think to photograph my food until I’m halfway through dinner, thinking “wow, this would make a great recipe for the blog.” Tonight will also be picture-less unfortunately, partially because I’m not on top of things, but also because this dinner came together so quickly I would barely have had time to photograph the prep anyways. Supposedly it’s winter here in California. Based on the shorts I wore on my run this afternoon, I’m not sure I believe it. Still, I’ve been craving cozy, winter comfort food. Plus, even … Continue reading

(Currently) Perfect Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese (with tomato soup!) is one of the ultimate comfort foods.  When I was little the cheese was American, and the soup was Campbell’s.  Since then I’ve spun off this perfect combination in many ways.  We’ve stayed more traditional, just swapping the American cheese for sharp cheddar, the white bread for wheat, and the Campbell’s for some easy but delicious roasted tomato and basil soup.  We’ve swapped out all kinds of cheese in the sandwich, and even added the tomatoes to the sandwich.  (I’ve made a killer sandwich with cheddar, gorgonzola and tomatoes for J).  The soups have covered … Continue reading