Black Bean Salsa Soup

By | March 30, 2015

Great flavor from a few simple ingredients. That’s what this Black Bean Salsa Soup is all about. And easy too! With a few cans of black beans, a jar of your favorite tomato salsa and some classic herbs and spices, you can serve an excellent and meat-free soup in a jiffy. A couple key points here: the Mexican… Read More »

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

By | March 26, 2015

Rich, creamy and slightly decadent, this cheesy broccoli cauliflower soup is nonetheless absolutely delicious and sure to impress your family and friends. If you like broccoli or cauliflower, then you’ll need no convincing here. But if not everyone shares your love of cruciferous vegetables, this is the soup to bring them on board. Serve this to those who… Read More »

Venezuelan Chicken Cheese Soup (Chupe Criollo)

By | March 23, 2015

Known as Chupe Criollo (Creole Soup) in Venezuela, this soup is really a chowder in disguise featuring chicken, cheese, corn, potatoes and one of my favorite herbs – cilantro. In fact, the recipe calls for an entire bunch of cilantro! Whereas cilantro is often used to finish a dish, here part of it is tossed in near the… Read More »

Old World Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup

By | March 19, 2015

On St. Patrick’s Day 2015, I made 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… Read More »

Greek Meatball Lemon Rice Soup

By | March 17, 2015

Lemony soups are very popular in Greece, where a basic broth is often padded with orzo or rice along with lemon juice to make a fresh-tasting soup with a citrus tang. Pieces of cooked chicken are a common protein add-on, but I wanted to do something a little different. For this Greek-influenced soup, I use a package of… Read More »

Nigerian Pepper Soup

By | March 12, 2015

I find the foods and cooking of the many nations within West Africa fascinating – especially when it comes to soups and stews. In Nigeria, to take one country as an example, it is common to combine ingredients such as beef or chicken with smoked fish and other seafood in the same soup pot. And palm oil is… Read More »

Hot and Sour Chinese Ramen Tofu Vegetable Soup

By | March 7, 2015

This Hot and Sour Chinese Vegetable soup can be prepared entirely in a wok, taking advantage of the cookware’s quick-cooking capabilities and wide sides to keep anything from jumping out. A wok is really a versatile tool, and I love using mine for stir-frying as well as for making soups on the quick. If you don’t own a… Read More »

Hungarian Goulash Soup

By | March 6, 2015

Hungarian goulash is one of that country’s best-known and loved dishes and one we generally think of as a stew, but originally goulash was closer to a soup than a stew and this Goulash Soup Recipe version reflects those origins. Stew meets soup in this rich Goulash Soup full of the flavors of Hungary. Hungarian Goulash Soup  … Read More »

What is the Best Chili Seasoning Packet Mix?

By | March 1, 2015

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 »

Canned Oyster Soup

By | February 27, 2015

This simple oyster soup recipe calls for canned  oysters, which are always in season, and can be put together in a flash. For canned oysters, I recommend Crown Prince Whole Boiled Oysters. Here in northern Wisconsin, fresh raw oysters can be difficult to find, but if you have access to fresh oysters use them. If you want to… Read More »