Category Soup

Black Bean, Corn, and Turkey Chili [Instant Pot]

This past week my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary! It has become our tradition (as I noted in this post last year) to treat ourselves to a nice dinner at a place we haven’t yet tried.  This year we went to a restaurant called Little Donkey in Cambridge, MA which blew us […]

Curried Carrot Soup

Creative cooking has slowed down in these here parts with the puppy taking up much of our energy.  The house is a mess and our dinners are simple, but the little guy sure does provide us with energy and excitement.       It was a longer winter this year. One where the darkness felt […]

Split Pea Soup with Potato

  Today is our final morning at our family’s Vermont retreat.  Somehow time up here finds a beautiful way of standing still.  Maybe it’s the fact that there is no TV and we spend full days together, reading, playing games, laughing, and grazing.  Maybe it’s the fact that that there is no ‘agenda’ for several […]

Baba’s Borscht

Christmas is a time when we make many of my grandmother’s (Baba) recipes as explained by the story that I wrote in this post about her homemade pirohi. Typically for this weekend we prepare a European Cream of Barley Soup which is a soup filled with leeks, carrots, celery and barley swimming in a thin […]

Make-Ahead Minestrone Soup

I’ve written before about how important it is to me to cook for friends during times of need and the gratitude I hold for those that supported me in this way after mom died.  Unfortunately we are in this position again as we mourn the loss of our beloved Q’s father.  While nothing cures the […]

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 […]