The Soup Blog
Recipes, Culinary Insights & Humor Spooned Up Fresh Every Week…………………(Now in its Ice Cream Phase)
Categories: Ice Cream | 2 Comments

Starting today, the soup blog will move in a new and decidedly summery direction. Rather than ladling up bowls full of soup for the next hot few weeks (months?), I will be scooping out bowls of ice cream. Don’t worry. I won’t insult your intelligence with a demonstration of the equivalence of soup and ice […]

As I sit at my computer thinking about this next post, I can come up with any number of credible reasons why I chose to make Pear and Pepper soup this week: The nearness of Valentine’s Day inspired me to create a soup out of bell peppers as red as roses. Because my youngest daughter […]

Categories: Dairy-free, Parsnips, Pork | Comments Off on Midwinter Grill: Barbecue Pork & Parsnips Soup

  We had our first false spring last week, only to have the weather turn cold again on the eve of Chicago’s mayoral election.  I’m sure by the time the new mayor takes office, he’ll have us on the road to a prolonged thaw.  Rahm won’t officially take office until May, but he is liable […]

Categories: Carrots, Celery, Onion, Poultry, Vegan, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Less Is Not More: Soup Stocks

My wife’s style is all about color. Not that I’m an expert or anything, having failed every single test for color blindness the last time I went to see the eye doctor. But anyone you ask will tell you the same thing: her gift for combining colors from the same palette or from different ones […]

Categories: Herbs, Pork, Tomatoes | 2 Comments

When I was a kid, the go-to tomato soup was a can of Campbell’s. We’d slop the contents into a pot, fill the empty can with water, add it to the pot and heat. Okay, I didn’t do any of that. My mom did. She’d also make us grilled cheese sandwiches on the broiler while […]

I saw a cabbage in the store today. Sorry if that sounds like a bad Emily Dickinson parody.  That’s just how this week’s soup got started. I began with a head of red cabbage and proceeded to free associate.  It wasn’t the most direct route to a wonderful entrée, but c’est la vie.  Actually das […]

We held our annual holiday party this week.  Although since we hadn’t hosted the party since ’07†, calling it annual is something of a stretch. But enough dwelling on the past.  We’re back. Actually, I’m not quite through dwelling in the past. Because the holidays (well, just Christmas, really) have a lot to do with […]

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to do my taxes yet. I’ve got the Turbo Tax software sitting on my desk along with a Ziploc back full of receipts. I’ve written a check to the state and the feds in case I somehow under withheld, but I’m just not quite in the […]

I had salad on the brain this week. Last Saturday, my wife and I helped put on the second of two Olympian twelve-course dinners our church auctioned off last April.  And by Olympian, I’m talking about the denizens of that mountain in Greece, not that piddly little sporting event held every four years. The theme […]