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.

Another Chicken Noodle Soup: Chicken Mami

  I know, I know.  You probably don’t need yet another version of chicken noodle soup.  We all already have our favorites, don’t we?  I have actually posted one of my go-to versions here, but I was feeling nostalgic for a soup I remembered eating as a child.  This version is not something my mother […]

Sunday Lunch: Spinach and White Bean Soup

  I’m considering starting a series for my blog.  I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing more of my quick and easy pantry dishes–tried and true meals–or something entirely different in which I commit to trying a new recipe from each of my cookbooks.  Because I’ll admit, I may be addicted to buying them […]

Welcoming the Ski Season with a Vegetable Soup Trio

If you live on the Eastern Seaboard I’m guessing your cold, blustery holiday looked (and felt) something like the white out conditions I had to endure during a certain ski trip years ago.  I hope you managed to stay safe with family and friends and warm with a bit of egg nog, hot cocoa or […]

My Healdsburg Weekend and a Rustic Soup

I’ve just returned from a weekend in Healdsburg, the heart of the Northern California wine country.  My husband and I participated in the Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour, an annual fundraising event organized by the local Chamber of Commerce.  The “tour” is a scenic 60-, 37- or 23-mile bike ride along the Alexander, Dry Creek […]

Wanderlust Strikes

  All the rain here in the SF Bay Area has dampened my attitude about spring…literally.  April showers?  More like April storms.  Mother Nature sure has a funny sense of humor. Since this damp, gray weather isn’t fostering much of a sunny attitude, I’m yearning to be on a beach somewhere–anywhere–to escape this gloomy atmosphere.  […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

A simple, hearty bowl of chicken soup was the order of the day after a flu virus attacked my unfortunate husband this weekend.  He’s better now, thankfully, and the soup gets all the credit for helping to banish the nasty virus.  Magic Soup, it’s called at Recipezaar, and so it is. The original recipe calls […]