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Here’s a Dinner You Can Make When You’re Too Tired to Cook

I know, life’s hard and you get home tired; traffic’s been a bear, the weather’s cold, and everybody’s hungry. Cooking is such a chore then, even if all it involves is punching the button on the microwave. Well, here’s a simple soup you can fix that doesn’t take any more effort than that, really. Well, […]

What Do You Have for Sunday Lunch When It’s Cold and Wet?

Stew? A hearty soup? Chili? Maybe something from the slow cooker?

I like any of those choices, and since it’s usually indoor time when the weather’s nasty out, cooking’s a joy. I take my time and check the dish regularly while I work on fiction or something equally gentle. We don’t have snow down here, thank […]

More Soups and Stews Than You Can Shake a Spoon At…

My wife enjoys the magazine “Real Simple.” The part I read involves cooking and recipes. That’s gotten me to take a look at (and finally bookmark) the Real Simple website.

To show you some of the great ideas shown over there, here’s a link to their 45 Savory Soups and Stews. Yep, that’s right; 45 soups […]

The World's Finest Soupfest at the White House

The Occasionally Annual White House Soupfest, Domino Marathon and Bragging Contest made its biggest showing in decades on Saturday. We had folks from far and wide stop by, set a spell and eat. Man, did we eat! Then, when we couldn’t force any more calories down the pipe we broke out the dominoes and […]

Keep the Green All Year 'Round with Herb and Chile Paste

Nowadays it’s easy to get fresh herbs most any time of the year. Most supermarkets keep a nice variety on hand, it seems; as do specialty grocers. Parsley (flat and curly), cilantro, leeks (yes, I think of these as an herb); sometimes the less often used ones, like dill and fennel. Still, there are times […]

Ringing in the New Year: Soupfest!

The White Clan will be meeting soon for our annual Soupfest. It’s a traditional feast and domino marathon, with some story-telling and such on the side. Even though there will be about 42 bowl games on the tube, we likely won’t watch any. Too much else going on!

The menu will be varied and plentiful. Chicken […]

Tis the Season: Novel Soups for the Feast

Here in Texas, we associate soups, stews and chili with cold-weather eats. Sometimes, though, we don’t invite these wonderful dishes to our Advent parties or Yule feasts.

Time to correct that…

Here are three recipes we enjoy when the weather gets wintry, and they’re not too plebian for the finest banquet:

Zuppa Etruscana
Shepherd’s Soup (Hirtensuppe)
Bierkäse Suppen

One Italian, two […]