Monthly Archives: April 2013
I own over 30 cookbooks, yet I admit that I seldom crack them open — except for this one: “What’s Cooking: SOUPS” by Carole Clements.
It’s the variety of recipes that hooked me, along with some real standouts like the Molé Soup that follows below (note: Molé, not mole as in the furry animal — that’s in a different cookbook).
I generally do my own thing in the kitchen, but when you do that, you are limited by your own experience. In other words, even if you have a pretty wide repertoire of tastes and cuisines, it is unlikely that you will be able to whip up a Senegalese dish, while at the same time having a reference point for British-style dishes and Asian and Mediterranean AND North African.
The timing was perfect to receive this book as a gift: my friend Mike knew that I was preparing weekly soups for The Village Scoop here in Hillsdale, along with several private customers. I had wanted to go as many weeks as possible without repeating any soup, and it was starting to become a challenge.
I have learned how to bake bread… and I feel like I have just invented fire. Yeah, I am Wonder Woman.
You have no idea how proud (and surprised) I am at this accomplishment! Why did I think that making bread was beyond my capabilities?
Goodness sake, it’s April 19th and it still doesn’t feel like Spring yet! I’m still in “warm and filling” mode, for my weekly soup creations.
When I was deciding what to make this week, an old favorite came to mind: this intensely flavorful chowder that gets all steamy and fragrant, but that’s super easy to make. If that’s not enough, it’s a LOT lighter than most chowders — no butter, flour or cream.