Category Archives: soups

Borscht

When I was younger and a dedicated vegetarian, my mother picked up a paperback copy of the seminal vegetarian guide Laurel’s Kitchen. There was something kind of mystical and wholesome about that book and the lifestyle it espoused, the way the women sat about in their prairie dresses around a wood table, long hair pinned […]

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Coq au Vin

If, this weekend, you were looking for the perfect winter dish to spend a long afternoon preparing, one that will drive you mad with its luxuriously rich smells – red wine, butter, onions and bacon – this is your answer. Coq au Vin is the alpha and the omega of stews. There’s really no two […]

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Simple Fish Stew

Simple Fish Stew

That delicate little spoon above is from my grandmother’s collection of silver, the kind of stuff that’s brought out only once a year. And that’s my step-mom’s beautifully patinaed All-Clad pot. And the stew that we supped on the night of Christmas Eve, whose simplicity and ease is remarkable. It’s just fish, fish stock, tomatoes, […]

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Chicken Ginger Soup with Noodles

Chicken Ginger Soup with Noodles

I like to temper all of the cookies, toffees, sugary treats, cheeses, sparkling wines and festive cocktails with something ridiculously healthy during the week. And I like to think of this soup as restorative, packed as it is with things that are kind to you and your immune system: green onions, ginger, garlic, broccoli, arugula, […]

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Tarragon

Roasted Tomato Soup with Tarragon

Here in San Francisco, we don’t really get a summer. I do my best to keep mum about this, but it’s kind of a weirdly overpowering phenomenon: while the rest of the country is in the thrall of muggy nights and the joys of popsicles and days at the beach, we are wrapped in our […]

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