• Recipes,  Soups

    Chicken and Rice Soup

    I love this Chicken and Rice Soup, which was suggested to me by a friend on Twitter after I was given a giant bag of rice last year. But the way the original recipe was formatted and written at Bon Appetit (with autoplay video links, ugh!) made me crazy. So I’ve re-written it with some small changes (I hate kale, so I sub in spinach). I find the soup base itself a nice substantial chicken soup, but the garlic oil makes it addictive, and I always double that part of the recipe, at least. The rice does sometimes break down into mush, but I don’t mind that – it just…

  • Black Bean Chipotle Soup
    Recipes,  Soups

    Black Bean Chipotle Soup

    A deliciously spicy, flavourful soup that’s warming and filling. This time of year, I like bright, spicy flavours and hearty soups that kick you out of your post-festivities malaise and get you back into the kitchen. This soup was serendipitous; I didn’t feel like cooking, and I was irritated that the grocery store didn’t have half of the ingredients I needed for the recipe I wanted to make. I felt grumpy that I had to come up with something on the fly, and thought this was going to be one of those soups that you made and ate dutifully without really enjoying it. I cooked it based on a recipe,…

  • Roasted Tomato Soup
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    Roasted Tomato Soup

    I was never a soup person until, in my early twenties I spent some time working at a private golf club as a waiter.  The chef at the club was fantastic, and tasting his daily soups (so that I could recommend them to our customers) converted me from a person who thought all soup tasted like tinned soups to someone who understood that flavours could combine beautifully and still taste delicious and fresh.  This Roasted Tomato Soup reminds me of his soups; fragrant, hearty, and bursting with flavour. It’s the kind of thing I’m glad I know how to make, especially when the Winter is lingering and all I want…

  • Recipes,  Soups

    Ugly Soup

    This is a recipe from my good friend and longtime co-conspirator Ashley, who is a great cook and sometimes posts recipes here.  Some years ago when I was feeling pretty under-the-weather, she shared with me this recipe for a soup that she created. This is totally comfort food, for me, when the cold weather hits; it’s essentially a Chicken Noodle Soup, if Chicken Noodle Soup wasn’t salty, bland, and disgusting and was instead somewhat heavenly and delicious. Anyway, now you know where I stand on Chicken Noodle Soup.  This recipe will do all of the things you want from said grotty soup, but will do them with vim, vigour, and…

  • Recipes,  Soups

    Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

    Coming home from an afternoon of cross-country skiing, I was ravenous and craving something hearty and piping hot. Thinking over the things I had in my fridge (some leftover ham, a cup or so of navy beans, some vegetable stock, half a bottle of rose, I decided to try making a soup. The result was this beauty, a soup so delicious I’m glad I don’t have to share it with my vegetarian sisters (sorry, dudes!).

  • Recipes,  Soups

    Simple Stew with Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Potatoes

    For a stew that is so plain and simple and straightforward, this is really delicious.  I like brothy stews with loads of fresh vegetables and very little salt or other junk, and this is perfect.  A great meal for early spring, when you really need an injection of healthy greens and vitamins but it’s still cold enough for comfort food.  It’s also really good for lunch the next day. Ingredients 4 cups broth (or water, which what I usually use) 8 cups collard greens, chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 2 cups red potatoes, cut into 1/2″ slices 1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained Ground black pepper to taste Directions…