Garlic and Spinach Soup

1-½ quarts chicken stock, turkey stock, vegetable stock, or water.   (I used chicken stock.) A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf and a couple of sprigs each thyme and parsley Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 to 3 large garlic cloves (to taste), minced.   (I used 3 but would increase […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

3 T. olive oil 1-1/2 lbs. cleaned butternut squash into 2-inch cubes 1 sweet onion, cut into 1/8ths 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. turmeric 1/16 kosher salt dash of pepper 4 c. chicken broth 1 c. plain yogurt (NOT non-fat) 3 T. fresh chopped chives 2 T. toasted sesame seeds Preheat oven to 425 […]

Asparagus Bisque with variations

2 pounds fresh asparagus 2 T. butter 4 green onions, including tops, sliced 1 small potato, peeled and diced OR 1/4 cup or more uncooked quinoa 47 oz. regular strength chicken broth 1/2 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. each Worchestershire and dill weed 2 egg yolks, beaten 1/2 cup whipping cream or half-and-half […]

Beef Sukiyaki

  Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1/lb thinly sliced beef 1/2 package of cellophane noodles (3 bundles in the pink bag – soak them in warm water) 6 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed (keep the water you soak it in ) 1  package enoki mushroom, trimmed 1/2 cup of sliced onion Scallions- long, thin slices  (1/3 of […]

Split Pea Soup and Greens

Ham shank or shanks to total 2 to 3 pounds* 12 cups water 1 whole onion, peeled and halved for flavoring stock 1 pound dried split peas, inspected (for duds and pebbles — no kidding) and rinsed 1 additional large onion, peeled and diced (about 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 cups) 2 – 3 carrots, washed, peeled, […]

Cold Cucumber Soup

4 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, cut into large dice (about 3 cups) 1 serrano pepper, about the size of an adult woman’s baby finger 2 or more cloves of garlic, chopped 1 cup broth,vegetable or chicken 2 cups plain Greek yogurt Salsa Combine the cucumbers, pepper, garlic, broth, and yogurt in a food processor, and […]

Chicken Soup with Quinoa

1 T. (or more) fresh ginger, chopped 1/2 T. olive oil 5 cups chicken stock (see recipe below) or broth 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1/2 cup fully cooked chicken, shredded (usually leftovers from beer can chicken) Handful or more of raw spinach, rinsed 1/2 cup frozen peas, rinsed to defrost Salt to taste Heat soup […]