Category Soups’n’Stews

Noodle Goodness

Pasta comes in so many variations that it’s hard to choose… unless you make your own. Fresh noodles can be made with few ingredients, maybe 30 minutes of time but only 10 minutes of labour, even without fancy equipment; it took longer to write this up than it does to make. There are other recipes […]

Secret Chicken Soup Broth

The reasons I dislike commercial chicken soup: high salt, high fat, sugar, unpronounceable additives. So I’m going to give you my secret recipe for a good chicken broth, inherited from my mother, who got it from her mother. For those with a limited spice collection, the spices are whole, so they will store for a […]

Beef Stew as an organic concoction

It was a night for beef stew. I picked up a pound (1/2 kg) of stewing beef and a rutabaga (“yellow turnip”) the size of my two fists together. Onions and potatoes were in the dry bin, dry thyme from the garden and other spices were on the shelf, and carrots were in the cooler. […]

Chili is Easy

Tonight is a chili night, even though it really should’ve been started yesterday. If you make your own, you discover that next-day chili is better, and hotter, than the day you cook it. I’m using canned beans, this time, because cooking from dried takes a little longer. Texas chili would not have beans in it. […]

Soup, or pottage, and Onion Soup

Soups are a place to be adventurous. If there is a food you like, it may well go into a soup. My mother would make Refrigerator Soup, which was all the leftover meats, vegetables, and starches in the fridge after three days, popped into a flavored liquid of some sort. Some were very good and […]

Easy Potato Soup

This is one of my stick-to-the-ribs favorites that I return to, partly because the basic soup can have so much added to it. Another reason I like this one so much is that it begins with basic staples in my pantry: potatoes and onions. Add a few things that I’m in the mood for, or […]

Kale-Potato Soup with Kick

I was in the mood for comfort food, so I checked out what I had in the kitchen. Happily, I had enough ingredients for a stick-to-your-ribs soup! True, the pepperoni sticks were leftovers from the weekend, but I have listed a few ideas for substitution below the recipe. I was going to list this one […]