What is the Best Chili Seasoning Packet Mix?

If you think all chili seasoning packet mixes are the same… you are wrong. Dead wrong. The next time you’re in the grocery store and decide you’re going to make chili from one of those handy chili seasoning packet mixes, consider this: your chili and your diners are depending on you making the right decision. And that means… Read More »

French-Canadian Habitant Pea Soup Recipe 2019 – Savory Is a Must!

My wife and I were vacationing in southern Manitoba a few years ago and for part of the trip stayed in a yurt at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. We had a small camp stove with us to prepare our meals in the park, and in one of the local grocery stores found a large can of Habitant Pea… Read More »

Vegetarian Taco Soup with Ranch Dressing – Meatless and Amazing!

For this Vegetarian Taco Soup Recipe, Ranch Dressing helps give the mixture a fresh and bright flavor. This taco soup recipe is also easy to make, and can be assembled very quickly using a handful of ingredients most of us keep in our cupboards: Ranch Dressing Mix Packet, Taco Seasoning, beans and tomatoes. The only wild card here… Read More »

22 Ways to Make Better Soup Today

You’re probably like me when it comes to cooking – always looking for ways to make things better. When it comes to soup, there are lots of ways to improve preparation, presentation, flavor, texture and final results. Here are 22 suggestions for how you can start making better soup today. Filter your water – Let’s face it, much… Read More »

Shchi Recipe – Russian Cabbage Soup with Beef

Last winter I spent a lot of time researching and cooking different soups and other recipes from Russia and Poland. I discovered some truly different and great flavors that were brand new to me. One of the soups that intrigued me most is called Shchi. (Don’t ask me to pronounce it!) Shchi is a cabbage soup that is… Read More »

Old World Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup

On St. Patrick’s Day, I make this Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup to be served at Rich Cuisine’s Wednesday Bakery in Superior, Wisconsin. I wanted the soup to speak of the flavors of Ireland and complement the featured bread of the day, a hearty Polish Dill bread. So, with cabbage, kielbasa and caraway in hand I went to work.… Read More »

How Kitchari and Maharagwe became “Kitcharagwe”

One of the greatest joys of making soup – and cooking in general – is being able to travel anywhere in the world for lunch or dinner. I don’t mean hopping on a private jet and telling the pilot, “take me to Spain.” No, the travel is through food and the flavors, ingredients and concepts that form the… Read More »

Manitoba Ham and Bean Soup

A recent trip to Whiteshell Provincial Park, in eastern Manitoba, was the inspiration behind a very tasty, rib-sticking ham and bean soup. Journeying through this immense park of more than 2,700 square kilometers was just the ticket to kick-start ideas for a new recipe twist on an old favorite soup. An abundance of fresh air was just the… Read More »

Beef Biryani Soup

Biryani is a classic Indian dish of rice and meat lavished with spices that is often served on festive occasions. When you taste it, you’ll understand why. Made Tender with Yogurt Imagine stew beef; velvety, in a coating of yogurt. Yogurt is a much-used marinade for Indian cooking. It is a fantastic tenderizer and works great to coat… Read More »

Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho

Summer-like weather finally(!) arrived in northern Wisconsin this weekend, with temps “soaring” into the upper 70s. It was a perfect opportunity for the first gazpacho of the year. This Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho features a wealth of green vegetables and can be put together quickly. No cooking is required and all the ingredients can be dumped together into a… Read More »