Category Archives: Soup/Stew

Butternut Squash and Leek Soup

These leeks are truly the last hurrah from my  neighbor Beppi’s vegetable garden. I’ve also stocked up on winter squashes from one of the local farm stands before it closes.  But not to despair–there is another farm stand which will … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Leek and Potato Soup

Leeks are the last crop my neighbor Beppi harvests from his garden before the onset of winter.  They are the slowest growing of all his vegetables as well–planted in early spring and not ready for harvest until late October/early November. … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Celery Root and Rice Soup (My Way)

It’s time to harvest the celery roots that my neighbor Beppi grows in his garden.  He makes a wonderful minestra di sedono every year with these roots.  It’s the simplest, most delicate soup, made with only celery root, onion, butter and … Continue reading

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Chicken and White Bean Soup

This is a dish inspired by a dark, rainy day-after labor day that feels more like fall, even though we’ve barely said goodbye to summer.  I’ve raided my pantry and freezer to make this soup and it’s a good, hearty one-pot dinner.  About a week … Continue reading

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Summer Minestrone

On a wet and rainy Sunday, even in summer, a bowl of soup always satisfies.  A minestrone that makes full use of summer squashes and tomatoes is quick and easy to make and a great vehicle for a dollop of … Continue reading

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Broccoli and Potato Soup

To some people, “spring cleaning” implies a thorough sweep of every corner of a house from the inside out.    This week, I’ve been doing my own spring cleaning, not of my house–but of my freezer.  Among the many things in my freezer is … Continue reading

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Spring Chicken Soup with Sorrel

Sorrel is truly a fleeting spring treat.  It’s at its peak in early spring, but then goes to seed (and becomes tough and overly assertive).  I never see it in my market, but I’m fortunate enough to have friends who are … Continue reading

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Trippa alla Veronese

This magnificent dinner arrived on my doorstep, courtesy of my 89-year old neighbor, Beppi.  For those of you who haven’t read my blog before,  Beppi is not only my neighbor, but a friend and mentor in the kitchen. Beppi owned … Continue reading

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Pollo e Carciofi

My friend in California couldn’t have planned a better weekend for us culinarily . . . one great restaurant after another–each offering a bounty of local and artisanal ingredients which Californians (like Italians) accept as their birthright.  Without a doubt, the … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for Beppi

  My eighty-nine year-old neighbor Beppi is returning from his annual 3 month stay in Florida tomorrow and I’m making a pot of chicken soup with which to greet him when he arrives.  Chicken soup is a dish that Italians … Continue reading

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