Soups and Stews

Creamy Mushroom and Artichoke Soup

March 12, 2012 Dinner

Every year a few days before Christmas, we have a soup dinner with friends of my in-laws, the Masons. It’s one of my favorite new traditions since marrying into my husband’s family. Ms. Mason is an impressive cook. Each year, she prepares a smorgasbord of soups for us to slurp down. And she always whips [...]

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Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato

February 14, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m sure many of you will be dining out tonight in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Seeing as I’m flying out to Austin, TX at the crack of dawn tomorrow and I’ll likely work late tonight, my husband and I will probably order pizza and stuff our faces  while finishing up the second hour of Downton [...]

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Mushroom, Leek, and Rosemary Soup

February 6, 2012 Dinner

  Please forgive that there aren’t as many pictures in this post as usual. I made this soup a few weeks ago for “ladies’ night” and got so carried away with chatting and sipping wine that I sort of forgot about my camera. Oops! Initially, I contemplated a mushroom and leek tart, but as the [...]

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Khoresht Karafs (Celery Stew with Mint, Parsley and Dried Lime)

January 8, 2012 Dinner

I first tasted this dish at last month’s book club.  It’s a Persian celery-based stew that is typically made with lamb, but our lovely, accommodating host, made a vegan version for those of us who don’t eat meat. This soup is light and deeply flavorful. It’s composed of celery, mint, and parsley. But my favorite [...]

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Mozzarella and Black Olive Minestrone

January 2, 2012 Favorites

Look what I scored. I’m a huge fan of olives- any color, any type. I can’t get enough of that salty, briny goodness. This month, Lindsay Olives is celebrating a “Life Should Taste Good” event with Kitchen PLAY and they’ve asked me to join in the celebration. My job for the big event was to [...]

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Vegetarian “Chicken and Dumplings”

December 11, 2011 Dinner

Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time favorite meals. It was the single biggest obstacle to my becoming a vegetarian. Life without chicken and dumplings just didn’t seem worth living. My mother is a wonderful, albeit reluctant, cook. On very rare occasions she’d make us chicken and dumplings. My heart would soar with excitement [...]

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Stew of Eggplant, Tomato, Onions, and Fennel

November 28, 2011 Fall

I’m not sure that “stew” is the best or most accurate term for this dish. It’s thick with very little liquid, so you can’t really sop it up with bread. And, although it’s made with eggplant, onion, and tomatoes, it’s definitely not a ratatouille. Whatever it is, I’m calling it a stew because the vegetables [...]

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Cheesy Apple and Onion Soup

November 13, 2011 Fall

I’m pleased to announce that I’m back from my honeymoon. We had a wonderful time touring London, Paris and Istanbul and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It will take me at least several days to get everything organized (nearly 800 pictures to sort through!) so I’ll leave you with a recipe [...]

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Homemade Petros

October 17, 2011 Dinner

It may be that you’ve never heard of a Petro. As in Petro’s Chili and Chips. A fine Tennessee establishment. A Petro is simply a chili bowl with layered ingredients. A delicious fast-food concept that really should have caught on across the nation by now. Because many of you have not had the good fortune [...]

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White Bean and Onion Soup with Puya Chili Oil Croutons

September 8, 2011 Soups and Stews

The weather here in D.C. calls for nothing other than soup. It’s wet, sticky, a virtual swamp. And gray- very, very gray.  Lucky for me, MarxFoods sent me some chilies to spice things up. MarxFoods has asked several food bloggers to whip up new and interesting recipes using their chilies. They asked me to contribute [...]

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