Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup

By | December 27, 2014

To me, chicken noodle soup must have two things: plenty of chicken and plenty of noodles. That’s exactly what this slow cooker chicken noodle soup recipe delivers along with (mostly) hands-off cooking. (Serves 8) Ingredients 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 quarts chicken broth 1 large onion, diced 4 ribs celery, diced… Read More »

French-Canadian Habitant Pea Soup

By | December 21, 2014

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 »

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

By | December 20, 2014

            Egg drop soup is one of the most popular items on the menus of Chinese restaurants across North America and beyond. This humble soup requires little more than chicken broth or stock and an egg or two to make something special out of the ordinary. By slowly incorporating and swirling eggs into… Read More »

Classic French Onion Soup

By | December 18, 2014

Classic French Onion Soup French onion soup is an example of a dish that is very simple to make but has an incredible depth of flavor. Cooking the onions for a long period of time caramelizes them and brings out their natural sweetness, which is a perfect flavor counterpart to the savory heartiness of beef broth. And who… Read More »

Ground Turkey Chili with Roasted Red Peppers and Garlic

By | December 16, 2014

Here is one of my “go-to” chili recipes when I’m serving company or other folks who like chili but can’t tolerate the heat of chipotles or spicy chili in general. The key to this is the roasted red peppers and garlic. They create a rich depth of flavor, with a hint of smokiness that doesn’t go overboard. The… Read More »

Is there a difference between chicken stock and chicken broth?

By | December 9, 2014

Chicken Stock vs Chicken Broth – Are they the same? If you look on any supermarket shelf in the soup aisle, you will surely find a variety of chicken stock and chicken broths. There are a lot of choices and it can be confusing trying to determine whether stock or broth is better. But is chicken stock the… Read More »

Shchi – Russian Cabbage Soup with Beef

By | December 8, 2014

Last winter I spent a lot of time researching and cooking different soups 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 something of a… Read More »

Quick Easy Clam Chowder

By | December 5, 2014

Clam chowder is one of my favorite soups ever, but I know a lot of people are intimidated by cooking anything with seafood and shy away from making clam chowder. Well, here is an easy New England-style clam chowder that can be on the table in no time. It’s the perfect clam chowder for beginners or if you… Read More »

Simple Potato Soup

By | December 3, 2014

Potato soup is a great call when you have only a handful of ingredients to work with or you just want to make something and satisfying in a flash.  My wife loves potatoes, so I can always count on a happy diner when I start dicing spuds for a rib-sticking soup. Here is a basic potato soup recipe… Read More »

Slow Cooker Ham and Navy Bean Soup

By | December 2, 2014

One of the great things about slow cookers is that you can dump a bag of dried beans into the pot and let them cook all day without any prior soaking. Canned beans are certainly convenient, but for flavor and texture I much prefer using dried beans. Here is a super easy but delicious and filling ham and… Read More »