Category Archives: soup

Savory Pear Soup with Pancetta and Blue Cheese

I love fall soups and this was a great one. This is the first time I had seen a soup with pears as a base, but I knew I could trust any recipe from Five and Spice, one of my favorite blogs. Whatever you do, don’t skip the blue cheese and pancetta garnishes. YUM.

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Mild Turkey Chili

I feel like I say this after every chili recipe, but I mean it this time: This is my new favorite  go-to chili. This chili has some unusual ingredients for me (salsa…canned green chiles…taco seasoning), but I also love all the veg and it has TONS of flavor without being really spicy at all. Also, I made corn muffins out of jiffy cornbread mix with a half cup of sour cream mixed in. Best corn muffins EVER!

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Chicken & Dumplings

We’re in the middle of a snowstorm here in Boston and this is some perfect comfort food for such an event. While this recipe uses some shortcuts (which I’m happy to use), it is still a super wholesome and delicious chicken soup. This base soup would be great with noodles instead of the dumplings too, if you want to mix it up.

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Vegetable Barley Soup with Poached Egg

If you haven’t noticed, I pretty much love anything with an egg involved.  While totally optional in this case (this soup is delicious with just a little parmesan sprinkled on top too), the poached egg adds a luxury to this dish, which is a nice quality in a basic veggie soup.

All together, this soup comes together in about an hour. You can use quick-cooking barley if you’re short on time, but I like to use the legit hulled barley (aka barley groats) because it is the least processed and better for you.

Shout out to my Dad for teaching me how to make a his “perfect” poached egg! Keep reading for Vito’s egg poaching technique…

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Beef Chili

My former roommate called this chili “the best chili yet”. While I still plan on switching it up from time to time, it is a pretty yummy classic chili recipe.  Serve with sweet potato biscuits.

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Cannellini and Escarole Soup with Garlic Gruyere Sausage

Soup is an all-season comfort food for me. And while it’s been a wee-bit too hot in Boston this summer to actually enjoy soup, it was the first thing I wanted to make when it dipped down to the 70s today 🙂 I love escarole in soups, and the creamy cannelinis really make it a hearty and healthy dish.

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Cioppino

Recently I bought an amazing amount of cod at Costco. Have I mentioned my love for Costco? Well, I also love seafood. While I haven’t quite kept my New Year’s resolution to cook fish at least once a week, I’m getting better. Now look at this picture. Tell me you don’t want to eat that. Delicious, easy, healthy — can’t ask for much more than that.

Anyway, I used some of the cod I bought right away, but there was no way I could make the 3 pounds I bought without freezing some. This is uses some of that frozen cod (defrost before you add it to the stew!), fresh scallops, and cultivated mussels. You can add whatever seafood you like — shrimp, calamari, etc. This recipe comes from a cooking class my mom and I went to at Stonewall Kitchen in York, ME. It was a great class and would definitely go back again.
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Escarole Soup

This is my go-to soup when I’m craving something comforting and very darn healthy.

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White Chicken Chili

I am a sucker for avocado, which I admit, is pretty much the only reason I wanted to make this. I’ve tried chicken chili before and haven’t been wowed – but this was delicious and had the perfect heat level.

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Crab and Corn Chowder in a Bread Bowl

During my last trip to Costco, I purchased a huge tub of yummy lump crab meat. This was a comforting and light meal after all of the Christmas debauchery.

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Fiery Vegetarian Chili

After a fun fall day of apple picking and farm animal watching, chili was the perfect thing. I usually make this with about a half pound of ground turkey, but it’s so easily omitted and I honestly didn’t notice the difference. Veggies win again.

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