Homecoming Stew

homecoming_stew_mmmThis dish was named this way because it was created on homecoming weekend for many of the local colleges.  It definitely falls under the category of “comfort food.”   We call it a stew because it has a lot of solid ingredients, but it could also be considered a soup, as it is very liquid.  Either way, it is very satisfying and tasty, and will be made again.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash SoupIf you are anything like us, when autumn comes along, we start thinking of soups.   This soup is one of our all-time favorite comfort foods for this time of year.  We have made it many times, and after several variations, we think we have perfected this classic recipe.  It is very easy to make and can be done within about an hour, plus it scales easily and reheats well.

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Tuscan Bean Soup

tuscan bean soupWho says soup has to be reserved for cold weather?   It has been warmer than usual,, but this soup went down just fine.   We have made it twice now, and I feel that it’s ready to post.  It is based on yet another Mollie Katzen recipe, but as usual, there are variations made, both for taste and speed of preparation.   Instead of fresh basil, we use dried, which has an altogether different flavor.   This is a light soup, less thick than some of the other entries here, and goes well with fresh vegetables.

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Ribollita

ImageOne of our absolute favorites is soup that we learned about in Tuscany, known as Ribollita.  This is a traditional peasant dish that is generally made up of beans, tomatoes, and whatever is in the garden, and some stale bread.   It is delicous, filling, and very healthy.  I love making this.  This recipe is made up of a combination of ones I have found online, with a few personal touches (especially adding more and more garlic!) Continue reading