Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Oct 20, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup and a Harvest Party

We have a fall joke in our family.  It dates back to when our oldest was around three and declared to her auntie, “Fall is the best time of my year.”  Whenever we are really loving the season, someone spouts out the now familiar words.  We are certain to hear them at the annual Rare Earth CSA End of Season … Continue reading

A bite of Manhattan Clam Chowder

Sep 13, 2014

Manhattan Clam Chowder (or Never Vacation with Ugly Tomatoes)

Sitting on your counter top, that is.  What did you think I meant?  Right now I am in the process of getting ready for a mini-vacation to New York City.  In honor of this (okay really due to tomato overload) I have made Manhattan Clam Chowder, the other clam chowder, which actually did finish off all my ugly tomatoes.   

Coconut & Winter Squash Soup, served

Nov 22, 2013

Coconut & Winter Squash Soup

Don’t you love all the great cooks on PBS?  I was shopping recently and right in front of me stood two copies of a cookbook from the series Daisy Cooks!  I couldn’t resist so now I have one copy of Daisy’s Holiday Cooking for me (just in case I need some Latin flair in my holiday cooking) and another for … Continue reading

Carrot Soup

Jan 5, 2013

Creamy Carrot Soup (Without Cream!)

Do you like soup that tastes creamy-rich, but doesn’t break the bank on unhealthy fat and calories?  Then this Carrot Soup is for you! When I first made it, my health-conscious middle daughter wrinkled up her nose and said, “this is delicious, but it has cream.” “Actually not, honey,” I countered, “the richness comes from ground almonds, which are healthy … Continue reading


Dec 13, 2012

Curried Pumpkin Mushroom Soup

It’s my first book club Christmas party! I joined the monthly group this spring and, believe me, no one has starved at any of the meetings!  But December is even more festive with a full meal (served on china!), and everyone is bringing a different dish!  My contribution is Curried Pumpkin Mushroom Soup. Of course this event is happening in … Continue reading

Pumpkin Leek Soup Baked in a Pumpkin

Nov 13, 2012

Savory Pumpkin Leek Soup (Baked in a Pumpkin)

Whew, last week was wild!  But not so wild I didn’t have time to try a new recipe for Pumpkin Soup… baked right in a pumpkin!  Now most of the pumpkin soups that I’ve had have been curried or sweetened but this one was very different–a bit like a savory French Onion Soup with pumpkin added.  Mmmm! But first back … Continue reading


Feb 23, 2012

Favorite Turkey Chili

Can you fall in love with a market? For me, it began [bleep] years ago with a high school English assignment.  I chose the option to illustrate a song with photos and needed to find a merchant who would “roll his awning down” in a proxy Morning Morgantown.           When morning comes to Morgantown,             the merchants … Continue reading


Feb 14, 2012

Cheater’s Shrimp Bisque

The idea took root on Christmas Eve.  Valentine’s Day was not yet on the radar, but a cook is always planning… My (very abundant) buffet included a new Chicken Paprikash recipe, described as easy but thoroughly enjoyable–an above average comfort food.  The real surprise came after Christmas, when the kids fought over the leftovers and I found myself dipping into … Continue reading


Jan 17, 2012

Carrot and Ginger Winter Soup

At last!  The snow is flying and a nip is in the air.  Whether you are a winter lover, or you can’t wait for spring, there is nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm you. Every winter, I have lots of carrots left from summer’s CSA, and this recipe for Velvet Carrot & Ginger Soup is the perfect … Continue reading


Jan 9, 2012

Thai Curry Squash Soup

The holidays are over… and right now the bathroom scale is not my friend.  The celebrating was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed the muffins… the pies… the hot buttered rums… But alas, it is time to turn away from holiday treats and back toward healthier fare. With a basement full of squash and beets, brussels sprouts and cabbage–a bounty stored … Continue reading