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Butternut Squash Soup

Finished Butternut Squash Soup

It’s amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on the outside, can actually be broken into and puréed down to something as fine as a soup. subhanallah. Choose those with firm exteriors and no sign of bruising. They are a bit tough to chop, but that’s a good sign. You don’t want to start ... Read More »

Udhiyah Lamb & Lentil Stew

I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook the freshest lamb possible, something we really only get once a year. Today when we picked up our Udhiya (also known as Qurbani, or the sacrificial meat of ‘Eid ul Adha time) at Mediterranean Oasis (Naperville, IL) I had no idea how I would be cooking it. I just knew it had to ... Read More »

Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup

roasted pepper and tomato soup

These cold fall days seem darker, windier, and overall just more like winter than fall. A good soup always makes me feel warm inside and warms up the kitchen while it’s cooking. Try this simple soup which blends leftover summer produce into a fall soup, as many of us still have the just-ripened tomatoes to prove it and possibly some jars of roasted ... Read More »

Acorn Squash & Apple Soup

Would you ever put apples into a soup? Necessity and hunger make for very imaginative recipes, in my opinion.  Or, if you’re anything like me, you hate to waste food and need to figure a way to clean out the fridge before even thinking of another trip to the grocery store.  Read More »

Lunch & Learn at Viking Cooking Schools, Recipe for Tomato Soup

Rolling Pins at Viking Cooking School & Store, Glenview, IL

If I had blinked, I may have missed this culinary gem in the midst of my neighborhood. I had only known Viking to be the makers of ovens, not the creators of culinary schools and I certainly didn’t expect there to be one so close to home, never mind in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Being the curious person I am ... Read More »

Quick Creamed Spinach Soup For a Last Minute Dinner

immersion-blender

Does this ever happen to you? You’ve planned a gourmet dinner for the evening (ok, semi-gourmet) and, just when you think you’ve got enough time and everything is under control, something seriously breaks your pace- a stove that needs to be calibrated, a husband coming home earlier than anticipated, meat that isn’t completely defrosted, or a recipe you’ve just read ... Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... Read More »