Winter, a time for (veggie) stew!

March is the time of year when it seems that Winter should be over, or almost over anyway.  But, here in the North East, this month is very hard to predict....then again, this whole season has been that way so far!  It has been unnaturally warm the past couple of weeks, and it appears this weekend will be unusually cold...sooo, a great time for STEW!  I am not talking about a heavy stew with lots of meat and potatoes.  The stew I want to make is light and comforting, using vegetables associated with the season, beans and quinoa to make it a complete meal.  Delicious with a crusty loaf of bread and Green Salad, or just on its own with a glass of your [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:44-05:00March 1, 2017|Menu, Soups, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Baby it’s cooold outside…so eat soup!

Just when we thought we were going to escape this year, Mother Nature decided to slam us here in New England with a healthy dose of the white stuff...not to mention that fun blizzard and then a flash freeze to dash any of our remaining delusions!  Lucky for us, we have soup!  I love making soup, and I make a lot of it the cooler months.  This was true in California as well as here in Eastern MA, everyone likes a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day.  The best thing about making soups, and stews as well, is you can truly make it up as you go along.  This happens more often than not in my kitchen, and is exactly how I [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:06:45-05:00February 5, 2015|Soups|0 Comments

“How luscious lies the pea within the pod.” – Emily Dickenson

Ok forget that crazy idiom about dense fog and that really unattractive gray green color of Split Pea Soup. These peas are different. English Garden Peas are here. Another short-lived summer delight, English Garden Peas conjure up sweetness and the simplicity of an old time summer pea shelling session. Ohhh I wish I had a grandma who did that (sigh). Guess what? Peas are a great source of protein, iron and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps to reduce cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. So eat all your peas! OK, how to shell: rinse, pinch the stem off with your fingernails and pull the string down the length of the pod. The pod will pop open and the peas can [...]

By |2021-02-03T18:07:06-05:00June 14, 2013|Side Dishes, Soups|0 Comments

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