When my daughter was younger she just didn’t like pureed soups. I could never figure out why? As she grew older, and more articulate, she informed me that she didn’t like pureed soup because every spoonful feels and tastes the same. Huh, who knew.
To get around that dilemma, I found a few ways to make it more interesting. Some crispy or sauteed morsels added on top of the finished soup worked well. These herbed croutons were a big hit! Another way out of soup boredom is to scoop out a cupful of the vegetables and aromatics, about 4 mins before you would pronounce them done, then proceed to puree the remainder of the soup and add back the reserved vegetables for variety.
Today, for this Butternut Squash and Leek soup, I just reserved about 1 cup of the softened leeks and topped the finished soup with them for a textural element.
Any way you decide to top if off, or not, I am sure your soup will be just the way you wanted it.
Yesterday, as I was browsing through my saved Instagram images trying to come up with inspiration for dinner, I came across a recipe from Bon Appetite for this fabulous Chick Pea Ham and Kale soup. Hearty beans with savory ham, and some greens to boot. Normally I wouldn’t even consider making this soup, my husband… Continue reading
We are a family of foodies, that’s a given. So much so that when we eat out and have had a memorable dish, we try to re-create it at home, just for fun. My latest attempt was to try to re-create “Tate’s” ginger zinger cookies. They are my absolute favorite, with the perfect balance of… Continue reading
I want to share with you my latest food obsession – grits! Specifically white corn grits from Palmetto Farms, gluten free of course. With little knowledge and no prior consumption of them, they are a revelation for me. I didn’t grow up in the “South”, and have not even one relative that could lay claim… Continue reading
Every fall I feel it my privilege/duty/compulsion to add to the many millions of recipes for something fall-ish, pumpkin-ish, pear-ish, or apple-ish. Perhaps this recipe is exactly the one you have been searching for? I certainly hope so. How could you regret making this super moist Pumpkin Cake, it has just the right amount of… Continue reading
Many, many lifetimes ago my husband worked in the dinning room of a big fancy hotel. There, they made a “classic” caesar salad, that he still maintains contained no mayo, mustard, and heaven forbid no worcestershire. Looking at the picture you may surmise that this is clearly not that “classic” recipe, with the additions of… Continue reading
Two circumstances lead to the creation of these Lemon Cheesecake Brownies. The first, I had a container of mascarpone cheese in the fridge nearing its expiration date and wanted to use it up. The second, while chatting with a friend I discovered her husband was going to be out of town and she would all… Continue reading
This last week we dusted off the BBQ, swept off the patio bricks, and set up all the seating with nice comfy cushions. We were all ready and eager for our first outdoor dining experience, of what we hope will be a long and warm season. However, today it is a balmy 43 degrees with… Continue reading
For the last few years I have defaulted to three super easy desserts to serve at dinner parties. If you entertain you know it’s more than enough work to come up with a menu, shop, cook a fabulous meal, and set a beautiful table. Last year it was pears that I popped into the oven… Continue reading
On any given day if I ask my Husband what he wants for dinner most of the time the response will be “Chicken? Maybe fish? Or we haven’t had a steak in a long time”. Never does he lead with “how about eggplant? or broccoli?”. Therefore I sometimes have to be sneaky when it comes… Continue reading
Last week one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, shared a vegan coconut cake. Made with just 6 ingredients; one bowl, baked in a round cake pan for just 30 minutes. Could it really be that simple? I admit, I was skeptical since I’ve had so many epic fails trying to conjure up baked… Continue reading
Today, I would like to give some credence to escarole. It’s a New Year and I wanted to try something new, not just fall back on spinach or kale, my go-to’s in most recipes with leafy greens. In the same category as endive and frisee; not really a lettuce, as it appears at first glance,… Continue reading
Growing up, I remember every year at the Holidays there were certain treats that we never saw any other time of the year. One such treat was a red tin of shortbread cookies, the one with the little paper cups separating the different cookies – although I always felt that they all tasted the same… Continue reading
If there is one thing I can tell you about gluten free baking, it’s that if it works, keep doing it. A mantra I have stood by through and through, and the reason why I have posted 8 slightly different variations of cheesecakes – so far. Baking gluten free is not always as simple as… Continue reading
With a ton of blogs out there suggesting what you can recreate with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. I thought I would veer hard in the other direction and suggest a soup. Winter Minestrone, Gluten Free of course, and not a bit turkey in it. Think about it, wouldn’t you better appreciate something light, yet… Continue reading
Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about Shirataki Noodles. If you haven’t heard they are: gluten free, vegan, paleo, keto, and contain negligible calories. No wonder all the talk huh? I made the spaghetti/noodle variety last week for lunch with a spicy tomato sauce and olives. It was great for a quick lunch, so… Continue reading
I think I just hit on the Holy Grail of dinner recipes. This Shrimp Scampi with Peas and White Beans is super fast to pull together, perfect for any weeknight when you haven’t put much (or any) thought into what is landing on your table at 6pm. However, if you had unexpected company, it’s so… Continue reading
A few years ago, I made my first attempt at baking scones and came up with this Blueberry Scone Cake, while really good, and everyone gobbled it up without any question as to its provenance, I felt I hadn’t nailed a traditional scone. That’s the thing with gluten free baking, sometimes it’s an epic fail,… Continue reading
With this hot summer weather, I think everyone wishes they were on the French Riviera eating moules frites while sipping rosé, am I right? Not the usual mis en scène here, though. I often find myself caught in an endless cycle of summer salads, which I rotate depending on mood. However, I am really proud that I… Continue reading
Every year around this time, I get the urge to bake. It seems like ages since I last turned the oven on. Lately, it has been too hot to even contemplate any form of baked good; that is until this week. Yippee! This endeavor dovetailed nicely with the banner crop we have of zucchini this… Continue reading
Most summers I tend to obsess over one specific salad. A salad that circulates through pot-lucks, bbq’s or just dinner at home. Last summer I made this Quinoa Lentil Salad many, many times. The previous summer, my garden was bursting with vegetables, which inspired this Summer Squash Salad with Feta and Herbs. This year a… Continue reading