Velvety Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric, Sunflower Seeds, and Truffle Oil

Velvety Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric, Sunflower Seeds, and Truffle Oil
This summer was not kind to my waist line. Or to my hip line, ass line, and stomach line, for that matter. Packing and moving meant pizza and beer on many more nights than I’d care to admit. And if unpacking one spice bottle from twenty sheets of packing paper burned a lot of calories, I’d...

Quick African Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seeds

Quick African Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seeds
For the fifth meal of the Cuizoo Arsenal, I was planning to do a hearty soup.  Because this time of year especially, it is a fantastic one pot meal for cold days.  I thought I’d do something with beans and maybe some sausage, because that is an almost weekly occurrence for us.  But after doing...

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou

Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou
I read this article in the New York Times yesterday (Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries).  Here’s a little quote to blow your mind: For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) Truthfully,...

Corn and Zucchini Bisque

Corn and Zucchini Bisque
Making soup is one of my greatest pleasures.  After you know the basic models and processes, you can do just about anything and use up just about anything.  It is a tremendous stress reliever for me too — before every presidential debate (I get a little worked up over politics), I have to make...

Rustic Ham, Bean, and Spring Green Soup

Rustic Ham, Bean, and Spring Green Soup
Our spring this year has been very dreary.  And cold.  And cloudy.  Actually that is pretty typical, I think.  We get one sunny day and I am nearly manic — excited to exercise and clean and parent with limitless energy.  But then we have to endure at least three cloudy and cold days because...

Make Your Own Asian Noodle Bowl

Make Your Own Asian Noodle Bowl
 ”Make Your Own” anything is always a popular choice with kids.  And in my family of control freaks (the males) and perfectionists (the females), it is especially popular. (I should add that I am a perfectionist because a control freak sounds too negative.  Shut up.  I know they are essentially...

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock
Let’s face it:  there have been many days when I bought chicken stock at the grocery store.  But a wonderful article by Mark Bittman got me thinking more about where I waste money in the kitchen.  I previously bought chicken stock all the time.  It was used in cream or bean-based soups, risottos,...