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Vegetarian Chili with Tofu and Eggplant

This recipe tastes better than it looks and sounds.  It’s a simple vegetarian chili, that’s really satisfying, and if you skip the cheese, it can serve as hearty vegan meal.  I had something similar to this at a restaurant a few months back, and this is my rendition.  While tofu is not the most appealing ingredient, it adds a nice heft and texture to this chili.  I ate 2 small bowls of it, and I woke up still full in the morning.  You definitely don’t have to worry about going hungry with this as your dinner.  You can pick and […]

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Squid, Chorizo, and Chickpea Stew

Since I am still in awe of the tender, meaty texture that results from slowly cooking squid, I decided to further explore this cooking method.  Not only is the texture perfectly toothsome,  but the requisite slow cooking doesn’t actually take long at all.  For squid, “slow cooking” translates to about 30-40 minutes.  Thus, this is truthfully a relatively quick cooking soup that can easily be served as a simple meal on its own, or it can be beefed up a bit with a side salad, or a little bit of orzo pasta mixed in. This hearty squid soup is flavored […]

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Spring Chicken Noodle Soup with Miso

Every year, I inevitably come down with some minor spring cold or allergies, and I know I’m not alone.  Regardless of the cause, congestion is a common theme this time of year, and this soup will cure what ails you (or at least make your ailment a bit more palatable).  Garlicky chicken soup is well known for its curative properties, but this soup’s decongestant quotient is bolstered by plenty of fresh ginger.  Also, the addition on some fresh springtime vegetables will give you another boost of antioxidants, and they will also allow you to partake in the joy of springtime […]

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Pappa al Pomodoro

Much of Italian cuisine stems from the following principle: waste nothing.  Due to my aforementioned scallop debacle, I had purchased a baguette to sop up the excess juice, and I hadn’t a clue of what to do with the remaining bread.  Though delicious, baguette is not part of my regular grocery rotation.  So I opted to think like an Italian, and I put my day old baguette to work in pappa al pomodoro, or tomato and bread soup.  I had never made it before, but it seemed like to perfect antidote for the stale bread and a chilly January evening.  […]

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Hot and Sour Soup

I have a horrible personality.  Of my many horrible traits, I am obsessive.  I become obsessed with foods, routines, TV shows, activities, websites, etc.; then I indulge until I cannot take it anymore.  Sometimes, these obsessions last for years.  For example, I have been eating a turkey sandwich for lunch at work/school for the last five years.  I vary the bread, condiments, and toppings, but it’s a turkey sandwich no matter how many different variations of mustard I purchase.  How is it possible that I can endure, let alone enjoy, such a way of being?  I also have a wide […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup with Chard

Being in a new environment with so many tempting cuisines, I haven’t been cooking quite as much as I used to.  I also am sharing a kitchen for the first time in my adult life, and I am still figuring out my culinary stride in that setting.  While I do still cook, I tend to go with quick recipes in my repertoire, instead of breaking new ground.  However, last week I made a new recipe for dinner, and it served as a delightful reminder of how much I enjoy that process.  It was a new recipe (I’ll post about it […]

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Spicy Chicken Soup with Greens and Shiitake Mushrooms

This soup has all of the best things in it:  shiitake mushrooms, leafy greens, and enough fresh ginger to kill a small horse.  Allergies and springtime colds seem to be plaguing a lot of people these days, and this soup is quite the sinus clearer, with a multi-faceted heat from copious amounts of fresh ginger and cayenne pepper.  This is a simple and quick-cooking Asian chicken soup that is both light and satisfying.  It is largely flavored with cayenne, fresh ginger, and shiitake mushrooms, which are some of the all time greatest in the history of mushrooms.  My soup is […]

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Sick Day

It finally happened: I got sick.  After over a month of visitors and traveling, I suppose it was inevitable.  Although I would have preferred to not be sick, the timing worked out relatively well.  We have officially entered the schizophrenia season in Colorado, where the weather hovers in the 55-75 degree range, with sunny skies, punctuated the occasional snowstorm.  My sick day coincided with a well-timed gray, snowy day; I hunkered down, clad in sweat pants and wool socks, and had a long, leisurely day on the coach watching the entire second season of HBO’s “Girls.”  After the first few episodes […]

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Curried Broccoli-Cauliflower Soup with White Cheddar

I am heading out of town in a few days, and I wanted something to eat this week that would be readily available and somewhat detoxifying, as I know calorie-laden food will probably abound while I’m on vacation.  I settled on broccoli soup, akin to the one in this post, but as I contemplated my plan of attack, the recipe evolved throughout the day, into a new and blog-worthy form.  Initially, it was supposed to be the vision of simplicity: broccoli, onion, and potato, simmered in chicken broth, then pureed and finished with a little white cheddar, but this beast […]

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Kale, White Bean, and Kielbasa Soup

A magical time of year is descending upon us.  From the depths of December, we have emerged, earning about a scant minute of additional light each day.  Now that we have reached March, those tiny moments have accumulated into a meaningful amount, and regardless of the temperature, we can literally see and feel the light at the end of winter’s tunnel.  As if that weren’t enough, the added bonus of Day Light Saving’s Time is around the corner.  No one is happier about these lighter days than me, but it also makes me grateful for the last few cold days […]

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