Category Soup

Every Veggie & Tomato Soup

After a marathon day of meal prep this past weekend, our freezer is now full. Well – my friend’s freezer that is.  In about a week she will be having her first baby (!!) and so a few of us spent the day putting together small meals that they can pull out of the freezer […]

White Chicken Chili

Last night we hosted Wednesday friend dinner and my risk of cooking a new dish paid off! Every drop of chili was gone after the 6 of us enjoyed this hearty meal.   I’ve been looking for a reason to cook The Pioneer Woman’s White Chili for some time and I chose it last night […]

Mom’s Corn Chowder

As I noted in my Lentils Monastery post, part of my plans this year with the blog are to cook the recipes that my mother left for me. With the start of spring, I figured it was time for corn chowder!  When reading her recipe however, I realized that she forgot to add a liquid […]

Meatball Spinach Soup

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” – Soren Kierkegaard At times decisions, especially ones about our careers, can feel as though they will forever alter the course of our lives. If we take an opportunity it will open doors, but if we pass it up we worry that we […]

Chickpea Gumbo

It was a cold winter February evening, just about six years ago, when I first tried this soup. Returning from an energizing music and dance festival in Manhattan,  all I could think about was getting home as fast as possible so that I could curl up in bed and lay low for the evening.  My […]

Lentils Monastary

Well, these last few days brought me an unexpected joy that coopted all of my attention after work: my dad found a cookbook that my mother had been writing on his computer!!  One of my initial reasons for starting this blog was to have a space to document my own experiments in the kitchen and […]

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom Stew

Well, it is finally cold here in New England. Our heat is on, the cats have found cozy nooks in blankets, and I get to pull out my scarves!  This stew was one of those “what do I have around the house that I need to use” sort of meals. With extra stewing beef in […]

Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup

This afternoon my husband and I returned from an overnight neighborhood scouting trip. While we would love to continue to live close to our current city, housing prices make that more unattainable with each passing year.  This trip also served as a welcome excuse to get out of town for an evening and explore a […]

European Cream of Barley Soup

When I think of the holidays, this is the soup that comes to mind as we have had it on our Christmas table for as long as I can remember.  This year I asked about it’s origin, assuming (incorrectly) that it came through Dad’s Ukrainian family.  Mom and Dad first made this soup as a […]

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Chili was the first meal I ever served to friends at my own apartment, and as such, it has a special place in my heart.  In my 20s I was a nervous chef.  While there is much more to that story, in that phase of my cooking life I was focused on getting the recipe […]