Soups

Make a Memorable, Memory-Saving Meal With Creamy Kale Soup

Make a Memorable, Memory-Saving Meal With Creamy Kale Soup

Spring is coming. The bright sunlight hurts my eyes, as I emerge from my winter cocoon. I need to clear the cobwebs from my brain and lighten up, after all the Winter eating. It's time to clean up my act with Creamy Kale Soup. It turns out, my cobwebby brain really is...

Share a Heart-Healthy Chili Bar : It’s Great Superbowl Food

Share a Heart-Healthy Chili Bar : It’s Great Superbowl Food

Superbowl food doesn't have to be sooo unhealthy... Minneapolis has a case of Superbowl fever, as we count down to the big game. For my part, I will be appearing on "WCCO This Morning" on February 2nd, cooking to promote Wear Red day for the American Heart...

Creamy Roasted Cabbage Soup and a Chance to Win a Vitamix!

Creamy Roasted Cabbage Soup and a Chance to Win a Vitamix!

This week, I taught a class on "superfoods." Of course, that meant that I got to cook with some of my favorite flavor-, color- and antioxidant-packed foods. But one that I didn't have room to squeeze into the menu was the cabbage. Sure, the blueberries and...

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Bao are hot right now. At least if you pay attention to all the chatter about places like Momofuku in NYC. Bao are simply Chinese steamed buns, and they come in many forms. The folded bao that they serve at places like Momofuku are made with a fluffy, sweet white...

Miso Soup For Breakfast-One Way to Eat Your Oats

Miso Soup For Breakfast-One Way to Eat Your Oats

It's funny, how memories come floating to the surface when you taste something that triggers them. Like when I took a sip of miso broth the other day. Years ago, I worked with a guy who was partying hard by night, and baking bread by day. He'd limp in, pale and shaky,...

Pumpkin Quinoa Chili, for Pre-Holiday Energy

Pumpkin Quinoa Chili, for Pre-Holiday Energy

The holidays are creeping up on us, and it is time to start making decisions about what you will serve at your big dinner. Just thinking about it, and the shopping, the planning, the cooking, well, it works up an appetite, doesn't it? Back in the days when I cooked in...

Cool Off with Watermelon Gazpacho

Cool Off with Watermelon Gazpacho

There are few things better suited for each other than a hot, humid summer day and a watermelon. In a sign that the Universe loves us and wants us to be happy, the peak season of the watermelon is in perfect sync with our need for something just exactly like a...

The Weeknight Vegetarian, by Ivy Manning

The Weeknight Vegetarian, by Ivy Manning

Ask anyone what keeps them from eating better, and most people say, time. No time to plan, no time to shop, above all, no time to cook. Of course, it is possible to eat great, vegetarian food even if you are crunched for time. It really is. Especially with the fast...

Juice It! Cooking with Juice for Amazing Flavors

Juice It! Cooking with Juice for Amazing Flavors

Leading up to next week's Juice It Potluck and Giveaway, I thought I would explore the concept of using fresh juice as more than a "health drink." Yes, of course, most of the time that you make a fresh juice, you want to sip it while it's super fresh, to get all those...

Comfort Me with Parsnips

Comfort Me with Parsnips

You know there is a chill in the air when I start craving parsnips. The fat white roots of the 'snip are full of earthy sweetness, and just seem like the thing to eat when the cold rain suddenly turns to sleet. That's exactly what happened today, as I was preparing to...

Big News on Whole Grains, and Grain Up to the Rescue

As you probably know, I've been spreading the word about the goodness of grains for years. Writing, teaching, and cooking away, I do my part to nudge whole grains onto the plates of anyone that I can reach. But every now and then, I get a chance to work with a group...

It’s Gazpacho Time!

A few short weeks ago, I was in Barcelona, learning to make authentic Catalan gazpacho. I posted about my amazing experience, here. It was interesting, after so many years of making different kinds of gazpacho, to come full circle and try the original one. Like the...

Time for Refreshing Cold Soups

To be honest, for much of my eating life, I have been pretty cool toward chilled soups. They seem like glorified smoothies, sometimes, just a bowl of puree with no real heft or intensity. But of late, with the unrelenting heat, I've decided to re-think my bias. Since...

Fresh Turmeric, Both Authentic and Healthy, and a Recipe for Dal

Fresh Turmeric, Both Authentic and Healthy, and a Recipe for Dal

I have been buying fresh turmeric lately, and keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that it will keep appearing on my local grocer's shelf. I used to drive across town to pick it up at the Indian grocery, but I don't want to write about things that are too hard to find,...

Spring Chives, Spreading Like Green Wildfire

If you garden, you know that there are certain plants that will happily take over every inch of your garden. Mint and oregano come to mind, both of which seem to have the kind of aggression that would make them bad neighbors, if they were people-sprawling their stuff...

Taking Stock of Vegetables

As we enter the seasonal blip that is the month between Thanksgiving and the big December holidays, things fly by. We also end up in the kitchen alot, even the people who don't really like to cook. So, let me suggest one thing that will make your vegetarian cookery...

The Magic Pan that Vegetarians Must Have

Usually when we talk about eating a balanced diet, we talk about food. Eat more of this, less of that, that kind of thing. But there is one nutrient that vegetarians and vegans can add to their balanced diets just by changing pans. I'm talking about iron, of course,...