Ribollita

Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, sliced [I didn’t add any this day because I didn’t have any *insert frowny face*] 4 garlic cloves, crushed [I used 2 green cloves and 2 aged cloves] 2 celery stalks, finely sliced 1 fennel bulb [I used Bok choy, it is an…

Leek and Thyme Soup

Ingredients 2 pounds of leeks 1 pound of potatoes [I used the tiny gourmet ones, I find they are much better for soups] 1/2 cup butter [I think after making this maybe only 1/3 cup instead – when you can see the oil swim on top because there is just too much…. well you get…

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup

Ingredients 2 red bell peppers (about 8 ounces), seeded and cubed [I doubled this because I had peppers that were going to go bad] generous 4 cups diced sweet potatoes 1 onion, roughly chopped [I used two small to medium-sized green onion {not scallions – green onions}] 2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped [I used…

Onion and Pancetta Soup

Ingredients: 4 ounces pancetta slices, rinds removed, roughly chopped [I used exactly what the recipe called for and I believe after eating it – it should be doubled.] 2 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 1 tablespoon butter 5 1/2 cups finely sliced onions 2 teaspoons sugar about 1 1/14 quarts chicken stock 2 1/2 cups peeled…

Pasta and Chick-Pea Soup

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil [I used EVOO] 2 carrots, minced [I used four small farm fresh carrots, from the Farmer’s Market] 1 onion [I used a green onion] 2 celery stalks, finely chopped [I used the center of a bunch, it was going to go bad so it all was tossed in] [3 cloves…

Squash, Bacon, and Swiss Cheese Soup

Ingredients: 2 pounds of butternut squash [I used 24 oz because that is all I had on hand] 8 ounces smoked slab bacon [I used 12 oz] 1 tablespoon oil [I used EVOO] 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped onions [I used two green onions] 2 garlic cloves, crushed [I used 3 green cloves, crushed] 2…

Epic Fail: Irish Stew

This was a train wreck for two years…. #1:  The instructions call for one pound of ground beef and 5 pounds of taters… a little too much of a break.  But the big ta-do was over the amount of water, it said to keep adding it, well how and when do you determine how much…

Seafood and Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients 3 pounds raw shrimp in shell [I used 3.5 pounds frozen, with only the end tail part on] 1 1/2 quarts water [I added 2 cups of seafood stock to this, see notes as to why] 4 onions, 2 of them quartered 4 bay leaves [I used three because I missed where it told…

Definitions… Chowder, Soup or Stew

Chowder: A thick chunky soup typically made with seafood and vegetables. The name is derived from the French world chaudiere which is a caldron used by fisherman to make their fresh fish stews. Clam chowder is probably the most common chowder in the U.S. but chowders may simply be any soup with a rich base…

Epic Fail: Clam Chowder

I tried the recipe. I did not like how their directions read but I had never made a clam chowder before. This chowder came out horrible.  I will try it again with the modification that I thought of AFTER I had ruined it by following their directions.

Fresh Tomato and Bean Soup

Ingredients: 2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes [I had just under two pounds.  I had bought them for another recipe and forgot I had them, oops] 2 Tablespoons olive oil [Of course I used EVOO] 2 cups roughly chopped onions [I used two green onions so fresh they still had the dirt on them and two…

Favorite Food

And on another note if you have a favorite food or a few I can always toss up a recipe or two including your favorites.