Asparagus and Leek Soup with Crispy Mushroom Gremolata

Asparagus Leek Soup with Mushroom Gremolata

It’s been a beautiful few days here in the Pacific Northwest.  Unusually warm spring weather brought everyone outdoors, with barbecues grills heavily in use.  It’s just a little exciting when one can grill outside without donning the rain gear. In … [Read more...]

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup

I have a brother.  I also have a twin sister, who I completely adore, but this particular post is about my  brother… and Kabocha Squash. Yep, my baby brother.  My “Bro” as my sister and I love to call him.  Youngest of three, six feet of handsome, … [Read more...]


Mulligatawny Soup from Karista's Kitchen

Every morning I find myself sitting on the kitchen floor in front of my baby chick’s crate, coffee cup in hand, chatting and playing with my four fuzzy little gals. This morning was no different. I heard Ranger Craig walk up the stairs to the … [Read more...]

Spicy Gazpacho

It seems chilled soups have made a comeback this summer and I must say I’m smitten.  I’ve always been a fan of the room temp or chilled concoction, mostly because that's when fresh ingredients taste strongest in flavor. Maybe that’s why I … [Read more...]

Spanish White Bean Stew (My version of Fabada)

Cooking is always an adventure in my kitchen.  Especially when I’m testing a new recipe.  Or a new recipe idea. I have lots of ideas. Some of them end up in the compost.  Yep... even I can create a few recipe stinkers. This was a … [Read more...]

Beef and Barley Soup

Winter has definitely arrived.  When I look out my window I see a blanket of white gracing the landscape. When I look over at my sofa, with my lovely new throw blanket (the one my sister gave me for Christmas), I see a scruffy Cairn Terrier … [Read more...]

Curried Sweet Potato and Chicken Stew

I have a sweet potato fascination.  You’d think this time of year I’d be talking pumpkin, butternut squash, maple syrup and apples.  I’m getting to those.  But right now I’m stuck at sweet potato. I love sweet potatoes for so many reasons.  … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Soup and “for the love of SOUP” Cookbook Giveaway!

Ok, hold on to your whisks fabulous foodies... I'm giving away three cookbooks!  I'm so excited! Once again I feel like that dark-haired little gal in Despicable Me.  You know, the one that squeezes the stuffing out of the fluffy toy animal and … [Read more...]

Minestrone di Verdura

I love soup. I know it seems a little odd to see a soup post in June, but I really love soup.   Soup is something I make all year-long.  It's versatile, easily prepared and most soups can be served warm instead of piping hot.  And many soups are … [Read more...]

Black Bean and Ham Soup

Black bean and ham soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.  For me, it shouts home cooking and all that's good and right with the world.  It's full of delicious flavors that soothes the soul and most certainly delights the palate.  A winter soup … [Read more...]

Chicken Chili Verde

It's definitely a chili kind of day here in the Pacific Northwest.  The rain has moved in, clouds settled low and I feel like staying in my pajamas and hanging out on the sofa with a good book and a warm cup of tea. That's a lovely little dream of … [Read more...]

Italian Fish Soup with Fresh Herbs, Fennel, Shallots and Garlic

For me, dinner just can't get any better than fish, Italian herbs, fennel, shallots and garlic.  All gently muddled together in a sea of tomatoes, seafood stock or veggie broth. Fish soup is grand any time of year.  But I especially love this fish … [Read more...]