home cooked dinners by the season

Tag: soup

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Some things are just more beautiful on the inside, like celery root.  You may have skimmed over it in the produce section thinking what is this unattractive and obscure vegetable, and how would I use it. Also known as celery knob or celeriac, it might…

Weeknight Cioppino

Weeknight Cioppino

My husband and I never can quite agree about what type of fish should go into cioppino. He says it must be salmon for the rich flavors it imparts in the broth. He also has a memory association from the first time he tasted it…

Chicken Tarragon Meatball Soup

Chicken Tarragon Meatball Soup

I look forward to September if only for the structure it provides for returning to cooking dinner on a more regular basis. But how to get motivated after the warm and dreamy days of summer where throwing dinner together at the last minute and dining…

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

I consider black beans the little black dress of food. Elegant and simple, they can be dressed up depending on what you put with them. Curry powder, turmeric and cinnamon create a little exoticness in this one pot soup that makes enough to enjoy more…

White Bean Fennel Soup

White Bean Fennel Soup

Here is a soup when you want something simple and filling and with variations to keep it interesting – pureed and with the addition of Italian chicken sausage. White beans, soaked overnight, are simmered with browned sliced fennel and onions, garlic and fresh thyme leaves…

Chorizo Tortilla Soup

Chorizo Tortilla Soup

By now it won’t surprise you I think sausage is a cooking secret weapon. I love that one ingredient can have so much power, unleashing its robust flavor on whatever it comes in contact with. In this case it’s soup and with Spanish style chorizo.…

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

It baffles me that archeologists can estimate when a food originated from so long ago. I know it’s based on a multitude of things but I still have to wonder with a bit of awe and question how do they really know? Like with lentils…

Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder

Grilled Corn and Dungeness Crab Chowder

Grilled corn. I am posting another recipe using it because it’s just so darn good when used with the right ingredients. This recipe is actually a repost of one of my favorite ones from a few years ago that I recently made for dinner and…

Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

This year I’m throwing out the traditional way to use Thanksgiving leftover turkey. My recipe slips cooked, shredded turkey into the beloved Thai Tom Kha Gai soup (coconut chicken soup). It’s a different way to use your turkey and will only take about 30 minutes…

French Lentil Soup (with vegan and vegetarian variations)

French Lentil Soup (with vegan and vegetarian variations)

Soup for dinner is a favorite to transition into the seasonal weather change. It’s dinner in one pot with an easy addition of bread. Smoky bacon drippings and fragrant rosemary and thyme simmered together with a variety of chopped vegetables give the soup a rich…

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Kale

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Kale

Spring is getting close, but for now, wintery soup will still grace my table. I am a lover of beans and especially when they are in a soup. I’m so happy when I remember ahead of time to soak the dried ones. But I forget just…

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Chicken and white beans refresh the more traditional style of chili with this recipe. And all simmered together with beer gives it a subtle but distinct flavor. For a change I suggest serving the chili over rice. A friend taught me this a few years…

Shortcut Chicken Noodle Soup

Shortcut Chicken Noodle Soup

Who doesn’t like chicken noodle soup. It’s the ideal comfort food for a Sunday night dinner or a weeknight meal. A touch of tarragon adds a unique flavor to the soup. Some recipes have you make your own stock or broth, but to save time…