Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

In anticipation of our Thanksgivikkuh trip this year, we recently made Cincinnati Chili. This excellent recipe is courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. And, isn’t this adorable? For their wedding, they each chose a regional speciality from where they grew up, researched and prepared recipes, then created spice mixes for each and put them in tiny…

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Crock Pot Venison Stew

Slow Cooker Venison Stew

Early winter at our house generally means the return of venison to the table. Here is a simple slow cooker venison stew that is in our regular/easy recipe rotation. The smaller you dice the veggies the more elegant this will look. We tend to leave it pretty rustic, i.e. very rough chopped, as you can…

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Soup

This is the best damn mushroom soup I’ve ever had. The basis for the recipe is Creamy Mushroom Soup with Velvet Chicken from Williams-Sonoma’s Soup & Stew, which, if you are serious about making soups, you should go out and buy it immediately.  I adapted the recipe by poaching chicken thighs, which cooks them and makes broth for the…

Kale and Chicken Meatball Soup

Kale and Chicken Meatball Soup

You know, sometimes you need something hot and healthy to get you back on track, especially when the seasons are changing and especially if you’ve been out late the night before. This soup hits the mark: soothing chicken broth made hearty with egg noodles, chicken meatballs, and loads of the “superfood” kale, which delivers high levels of…

Sicilian Chickpea and Escarole Soup

Ceci Bean and Escarole Soup

It has been rainy, cold couple of weeks in the Philadelphia area, which sent me on a quest to find a good spring soup that would chase away the chill but also feel healthy. I came across several variations of Sicilian chickpea soup (which I had never made before). Low in fat and high in protein,…

Thai Hot and Sour Soup

Thai Hot and Sour Soup

Last night, we made a hot and sour Thai soup based on a recipe from The Culinary Institute’s The New Book of Soups. It was delicious, and even came out basically looking like the photograph in the book (and on the CIA website). The broth of this soup is light but complex, melding the flavors of lemongrass,…

Chicken Stock c Leslie Goddard

Chicken Stock

There is nothing like a fresh, homemade stock burbling away on the stove. It smells like comfort, and will pay off in the coming days and weeks as a basic ingredient for your soups, sauces, and other dishes. Here is the theory behind and recipe for my basic chicken stock. I don’t like to roast chickens…