Spinach soup

Cold day, warm appetizer or lunch It hardly ever snows in Portland anymore, thanks to global warming. But when it does, the kids get really excited and rush out to play in it. Coming from the Northeast, I always think it’s funny when the kids are excited about two inches of snow. How to make […]

Pistachio soup

Again with Ottolenghi: This is a radical simplification of a recipe from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem, which was delicious the way I did it, though I’m sure it would be better the way he did it. Only more expensive and harder. I left out saffron, and substituted an onion for leeks and shallots, among other things. How […]

Lettuce soup

Really? Lettuce Soup? Even though I am the world’s worst gardener, one year we did have a bumper crop of lettuce, which I have never been able to achieve again. But that year we just had too much lettuce. I was desperate for ways to use lettuce that weren’t salads. One good way is┬áThai lettuce […]

Cucumber soup

Cucumbers for snack It’s very hot in North Africa in July, and Tunisian women spend most of their time behind the thick high walls of their courtyards, lying down on mats in the shade and fanning each other. The women’s usual snack, all over our village, was cold cucumber sticks, sometimes salted and sometimes plain. […]

Vegetable soup

French cafeteria food As a child in France, I used to get this soup at least once a week in the school cantine as the appetizer for winter lunches. I loved it, and so did everyone else. How much better than just plain carrot sticks or boiled carrots! (For another yummy carrot recipe, try candied carrots.) How to […]

Chicken soup with matzoh balls

First the soup: Put a chicken carcass (the bones of a roasted chicken with most of the meat off) in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover it. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer. Meanwhile, chop an onion, two or three peeled carrots (my grandma did […]