Smoked Salmon Chowder {Seattle style}


One of the things I loved about living in Portland, Ore., was how close it was to Seattle. I love, love, love Seattle. I love Pike Place Market. I could walk around it for hours and I have before. One of the things I’ve never tried while in Seattle was Smoked Salmon Chowder. Clam Chowder,…

Taco Soup


One of the reasons I really like this soup is because it reminds me of one of the soups the day kitchen manager, Christine, used to make when I worked at the Wauwatosa Chancery.

Turmeric Red Lentil Soup


It’s no secret to anyone that I’ve talked to recently (my coworkers, my friends, my soon-to-be-bride friend) that I’m on a last-ditch effort to detox (and shed pounds) before the wedding. So I found what seemed to be a relatively easy two-week program from everyone’s favorite quack doctor whom I happen to love (Dr. Oz)…

Cauliflower, Cheddar and Asiago Soup


This week it’s supposed to be in the high 80s, much like last year in early May, if I remember correctly. This weekend, however, it was classic Portland weather. A little cold, a little rainy. Perfect weather for soup. The soup I made this past weekend is inspired by my cousin. She sent me a…

Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup


If it seems like I haven’t been posting in a while, it’s because I haven’t been. Instead I’ve been out living my life, which must make me sound like a loser who never left her house until February 2014. I swear that’s not true! But I have been eating out more recently and trying to…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup


A few weeks ago I was on this broccoli-roasting kick wherein I was roasting broccoli every night for dinner. This was in effort to sneak more vegetables into my life. More recently I’ve been on a smoothie-for-dinner kick. I like the smoothie a lot better than making roasted broccoli for dinner for two reasons: 1)…

Vegetable Stock


I figured since I’ve declared myself a vegetarian for one week a month that I need to find myself a good recipe for vegetable stock. Most could-be vegetarian soups call for chicken or vegetable stock. I always use chicken stock because a) I’m not vegetarian and b) I only ever have chicken stock on hand….

Baked French Onion Soup


This recipe is based upon my mom’s recipe for baked French onion soup, which is really quite famous in our family. I’ve never found a French onion better than my mom’s. The secret is tomato puree. The puree makes the soup a bit thicker than a traditional French onion and the tomato gives the soup a…

Broccoli and White Bean Soup


Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not a huge fan of broccoli – unless it’s hidden super well in a dish that is loaded with cheese. (Think broccoli cheese rice casserole.) With the arrival of my dad in town for the next month, I decided I needed to step it up on the…