Soups and stews

Root vegetable bisque

March 9, 2012
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Spring is here. Last night at my house, I had the window open and perfume-like smells were wafting in continuously. The scents were as vibrant as if I had stepped into the middle of a flower patch. This soup is another thing that has pleased my senses immensely as of late. We’re still seeing root [...]

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Curried lentil, sweet potato, and apple stew

March 5, 2012
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Today I’m sharing a great recipe I found on the web – rather, one that my mom found and emailed me. She made it over Thanksgiving last November, and it was a hit among the whole family. It’s a curried lentil stew by chef Chloe Coscarelli that appeared in the New York Times last fall. [...]

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Sweet and smoky chickpea stew with millet

February 18, 2012
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While I was making jambalaya and vegan andouille sausage last year around Mardi Gras, this year my Mardi Gras-weekend recipe has pretty much nothing to do with New Orleans, except for the fact that I found the inspiration for it here. I present to you another meal inspired by a dish I enjoyed at the [...]

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Two-bean stew with corn dumplings

December 19, 2011
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Every now and then I’ll come across a new ingredient that completely fascinates me. In this case, it is masa harina, a finely-ground corn flour with the essence of lime, used in Latin American cooking. I first bought it to make tamales. The tamales came out pretty well, but they require a bit more time [...]

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Middle Eastern Lentil Quinoa Soup

November 2, 2011
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A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend by the beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast at Grayton Beach State Park. It was a perfect beach weekend, with warm days and cool nights. The sand was white and soft, the water was crystal clear, and the sunsets were amazing. My husband and I stayed at [...]

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Homestyle red lentil soup

October 19, 2011
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Happily, I’ve made a few changes lately that have enhanced my life.¬†First, I painted my bedroom a gorgeous color of aqua, which is a huge improvement from the blah-brown that it was. It may seem trivial, but it makes me feel good whenever I enter. One shift in my cooking lately – brought on by [...]

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Black bean chili

May 3, 2011
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Most people think of chili when the weather gets colder. Me? I did not make a single batch all winter. Vegetarian chili has been a fixture of my diet for years. I’ve been making a version with kidney beans since my college days, using a recipe printed out on a dot-matrix printer that is now [...]

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