Category Archives: Soup

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Music: What Would You do with a Drunken Sailor? – Pete Seeger

Hi…We took another break, as you likely noticed, but now we’re back. Let’s just say I lost some teeth…;)

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Chicken Soup for the Spring

Music: Hope to Stay – The Mix

James and I have a collection of chicken soup recipes and are always searching for more.  When I found Thomas Keller’s in Ad Hoc, I very much wanted to try it.  He uses a pate a choux recipe for the dumplings which looked so delicious.  He says it is “simple” but I disagree wholeheartedly.  It was very complicated and time consuming but, in the end, delicious. Be prepared to spend some time on it…I trimmed some of the edges and made it less of a commitment. Here’s how:

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Lentil Soup for Brothers

Music: In the Sun – She & Him (this comes out in late March but I just listened to it on Pitchfork thanks to Catherine).

James and his brothers have a lot of great stories from their youth. There are one of the few siblings I know that were totally in sync and can count the fights they’ve had on one hand.  James and Peter (before Paul was born) would play a game called “Pals”.  They couldn’t get enough of each other that they had to pretend they were friends – which, somehow, meant more to them than being brothers. I thought I would honor this special bond with a “brothers” meal because I don’t have siblings…I play a game where I pretend they are mine.

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Lobster Bisque

Music: Richie Havens – Just Like a Woman

Happy New Year!

We had to cancel our Sunday Night Dinner this week because James was a bit under the weather.  I had already purchased the ingredients needed for the meal, so I improvised.  We’d acquired two lobster tails and they needed to be cooked.  James loves lobster bisque and not too long ago was so excited to see The Carlyle’s recipe for it in the New York Times.  I figured a little soup could only help him heal.

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Sunday Night Dinner! Potato Leek Soup, Eggplant Sandwiches, Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts and Amish Apple Pie

Music: Elvis Perkins – Doomsday

Hooray for the first Sunday night dinner! It was a success (hopefully!) and we sure ate well.  We had Melissa and Shannon (from Charlottesville) over to share this dinner and it was good to start this tradition with such good friends.  I wanted to christen the Sunday Night Dinners with a proper fall meal but it was 67 degrees out today, defeating the purpose of soup entirely.  Since I was making Vichyssoise (potato leek soup – just really wanted to use that word somewhere) I could have served it cold…but that just seemed wrong.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Music: Pa Pa Power – Dead Man’s Bones

We had Matt and Rosa over for Halloween.  We wanted to make something hearty and harvesty before heading over to 313 Clinton Avenue (thank you Reclaimed Home!) to check out the Halloween Carnival of Carnage.  We look forward to their productions every year.

I love Butternut Squash and come fall I make up ways to use it.  This was a pretty simple way to make a fall soup that’s hearty enough to be its own meal. I used The Big Book of Soups and Stews as a basis, but, you know, I changed a lot of it.  The shallot thing I borrowed from In. Here’s what I did.


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