Mustard Soup with Crispy Bacon and Pan-Fried Leeks

By | January 21, 2015

I love mustard and have used it for decades as a condiment on sandwiches and subs, slathered over grilled bratwurst and for dunking pretzels. It never occurred to me that mustard could be used in soup, let alone serve as the primary ingredient! Well, I since discovered that mustard has been used in the soup cookery of Poland… Read More »

Chili Con Carne 1970’s Midwest Style

By | January 15, 2015

  This is a recipe for chili very similar to what I ate at home and at my grandparents’ table while I was growing up in Ohio during the 1970s. There are probably a thousand different versions of this mildly spiced chili that were made in homes all across the Midwest during the decade of leisure suits –… Read More »

Chicken Coconut Soup with Couscous and Cilantro

By | January 13, 2015

Chicken Coconut Soup with Couscous and Cilantro Coconut and cilantro are two of my favorite flavors ever, and they complement each other amazingly well so I wanted to cook up something that brought these two awesome tastes together. This recipe was inspired by the fish stews of the Bahia region of eastern Brazil. My wife does not like… Read More »

Angel Hair Pasta Soup

By | January 9, 2015

This Italian Angel Hair Pasta soup is really just noodles and broth but the final flavor is bigger than the sum of its parts. It is very tasty and handy when your cupboard is getting bare or you just want something quick and easy. If you don’t have angel hair pasta, use spaghetti. To make it easier to… Read More »

6 Dried Herbs Every Soup Maker Needs

By | January 7, 2015

  When making soups, I believe that fresh ingredients generally yield the best results. But there are many times when we don’t have ready access to fresh herbs or only need a small amount for the job at hand, so we reach for a jar of dried herbs. Fortunately, many dried herbs maintain much of their true flavor… Read More »

Sharp Cheddar Cheese Soup

By | January 6, 2015

Cheese soup is a rich indulgence that can help chase the winter blues and blahs away. There’s little more comforting than a hefty bowl of melted cheesy goodness to bring out the inner kid in any of us. There isn’t a lot to this recipe other than lots of dairy! But the key is the cheese. Use great cheese!… Read More »

Cocka Leekie – 14th Century Scottish Chicken and Leek Soup

By | January 4, 2015

Here is a fun recipe for Cocka Leekie soup from a cookbook written by Adelaide Keen titled With A Saucepan Over The Sea (Quaint and Delicious Recipes from the Kitchens of Foreign Countries) and published in 1910. At the time, the author asserted “This is the oldest recipe for soup known, as it dates back to the fourteenth… Read More »

Getting Organized in the (Soup) Kitchen

By | January 4, 2015

Here is a video tip to help you get organized in the kitchen and keep all your soup-making ingredients easy to find.

Hungarian Lentil Soup (Lencseleves)

By | January 1, 2015

The cuisine of Hungary isn’t very well known outside of its boundaries, which is a shame because the country is home to many fantastic dishes including soups. Flour and lard are often used to form a “roux,” that helps thicken and flavor the soup. Sour cream is another favorite soup ingredient, often stirred into the pot just before… Read More »

French Onion Soup Crocks – What To Buy

By | December 30, 2014

                      To make a really great French Onion Soup, dripping over with thick gobs of melted cheese, you need a soup crock that can stand up to the heat of an oven or broiler. And it occurred to me after a recent recipe posting for Classic French Onion… Read More »