Ribollita (Rustic Tuscan Soup)

  My husband and I spent the weekend in Carmel last week.  A local artist’s work was showing at a gallery–he was a friend of a friend and we were kindly invited to attend.  We also used the quick getaway as an opportunity to get me back on my bicycle again.  It has been months […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

  Everyone in the family called her May–her children’s shortcut for mommy that, over the years, morphed into what became everyone’s nickname for her.  She passed away seven years ago after feeling unwell for some time without anyone having a clue.  It wasn’t until my grandfather found her collapsed on the bathroom floor one fateful night […]

Easy Minestrone Soup

  I’ve just spent the better part of the evening driving back in heavy rain.  I spent the day visiting with my family, one long overdue.  I always find it funny that my parents shoo me home as soon as it gets dark. “Either you stay the night or you go now”, they’ll say. After 40 […]

Curried Lentil Soup

It has been a dry, dry winter.  All around me are parched brown hills that are normally verdant this time of year.  This has not escaped my husband’s notice either.  He keeps a close eye on precipitation totals every winter as we rely on spring-fed water tanks to support a small parcel in a semi-rural […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

  On a typical workday, if I can get away for a quick bite, my destination of choice is always Whole Foods. I would wait until 1 pm to avoid the mad noon rush and pick up a salad and/or soup.  My salads are the same day in, day out.  My soups, however, are another […]

Potato-Broccoli Soup

  At the risk of belaboring this point…Mother Nature’s seasonal dial seems to be stuck between Winter and Spring.  The Sierra forecast for this weekend was for 15 inches of new snow.  It would be all well and good if this were not early June.  As in almost summer.  As in I’m tired of the […]

Porcini, Cremini and Barley Soup

  My pantry is in desperate need of reorganizing.  I don’t even know all I have in it. Most likely I either have too much of what I’m trying to phase out or I’m low on my true staples.  I shouldn’t even be sharing this with you–how embarrassing.