Borscht: Would you like vodka with that?

  The bowl of borscht pictured above is not a soup. At least, it is not a soup unless you want it to be. Borscht can be served as a hearty stew and as a cold gazpacho-like drink. It’s your call. However you serve it, […]

Cauliflower Soup

  According to what I read online, cauliflower was the “it” vegetable for 2014. Where was I? Don’t get me wrong. I love cauliflower. I just didn’t get the memo. No problem that I missed the big party, though. Cauliflower continues to be “hot” in the […]

Mushroom Potato Crema with Roasted Poblanos

  Today is my friend Norma’s birthday. You go, Norma! Norma is a talented gourd artist whose gourd dolls and masks have consistently won ribbons at the Orange County Fair. Her jewelry is exquisite, too. She is one creative lady! Norma also is an excellent cook. […]

Israeli Pumpkin Soup

“Ever notice that Soup For One is eight aisles away from Party Mix?”                                                             —Elayne Boosler […]

Broccoli-Cauliflower Sambar and a little rice among friends

If you have been reading this blog regularly, you know by now that I have yet to meet a soup that I don’t enjoy. This South Indian lentil and vegetable soup is no exception and always conjures up a wonderful travel memory for me. I’ll […]

Juliet, a particularly cold day and (BAM!) a steaming bowl of split pea and pearl barley soup

  It is cold here in Huntington Beach–morning frost-on-the-roof cold. Even the intrepid Juliet, who has never met a walk she didn’t like, has found the wind and the cold daunting despite being clothed in her warmest turtle-neck sweater. Yesterday morning, when the winds were […]

Farro and Bean Soup

  What in the heck is farro? When I first (mis)heard the term on the radio while driving, my distracted mind went in all sorts of wrong directions—a bitter Woody Allen misalliance, a dark Coen Brothers comedy that gave   the Minnesota expression “you betcha” […]

Swiss Chard and Rice Soup

Soup’s on at my house. Again. What can I say? It is cold. It is rainy. This is perfect soup weather. This soup surprised me. Other than spinach and beet tops, I have to try really hard to love dark leafy greens, and, try as […]

Egyptian Lentil Soup

  I’ve been making this soup for more than twenty years and it is still one of my favorites. Few things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of this lentil soup on a blustery cold day–like today, for example. This is a pretty soup, […]


    I’ve had a bit of trouble posting this blog entry but I think I finally have the right version posted this time. Earlier in the year, when I was toying with the idea of starting a food blog, I tested the waters by posting […]