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Summer Tomato Soup

June 30, 2016

I’ve never been a fan of tomato soup. I don’t have any positive associations with the overly sweet, canned variety that was served with grilled cheese sandwiches at school cafeterias. It was unlikely, therefore, that I would ever order it for myself on a menu as an adult: too much of a risk of it tasting like the canned stuff. But recently, at my friend Eren’s house, I had a life changing tomato soup – it was so good that…

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Vegetarian Cuban Black Bean Soup (Slow Cooker)

October 30, 2015

I realize that “vegetarian” and “Cuban black bean soup” might be terms that don’t historically accompany one another, but I wanted to try to make a vegetarian black bean soup that could still be as flavorful as those that have been cooked all day with a ham hock, and which boasted flavors often found in Cuban black bean soup, such as cumin. In keeping with the spirit of minimalism, this is also a truly easy recipe, the kind of thing…

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

September 22, 2015

Happy fall! With the daytime temps in Florida dipping below the 90 degree mark, I thought it was time for a nice, hearty soup. Actually, this is a good transition-to-fall soup because it’s not heavy, and instead of using Thanksgiving-style spices like sage and allspice, I use thyme to give it flavor. Roasting the squash brings out its sweetness and makes the soup much richer, and it’s also easier than peeling it and chopping it up into little chunks.  I…

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup

August 25, 2015

Why do we need a soup recipe in August in Florida, when it hasn’t rained much lately and the temps are in the mid-90s every day? Because in my office, it always seems like it’s only about 65 degrees. Why we need to keep our indoor spaces desperately cold is another story.  But here’s another reason for soup in August: school has started again, and those of us who teach are also back to work, which means that the long…

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Cookbook Review – My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season

July 27, 2015

My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, by holistic nutritionist and food blogger Sarah Britton, is a thoughtful and beautifully photographed cookbook where seasonal vegetables take center stage. Britton also emphasizes whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, with an occasional bit of dairy. The cookbook is organized according to seasons, with attention to both comfort food in the winter and lighter food in the summer, but also what is available in farmer’s markets at different times of year.…

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Persian Soup-e jo – (Barley Soup)

July 14, 2015

The month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunup to sundown, ends this Thursday. Fasting is not unique to Islam but is common to many world religions. Going without food is intended to help the faster to reflect that both food and life are a gift, and fasting can have a social justice component as well, reminding us that there are still people in this world who face hunger year-round. Easier said than done: I’ve tried fasting before, when I…

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