Tag | The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy

Lucky Lentils for the New Year

An end-of-year confession: For many years I have snubbed the Italian tradition of serving lentils on New Year’s Eve in favor of a pot of Hoppin’ John, the Lowcountry classic good luck dish of rice and black-eyed peas. It’s a tradition I picked up when I was living in Detroit. My friend Robin, then the […]

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Pasta e Patate | Pasta and Potatoes

So. Stella was a bust, at least around the Capital Beltway, where we got less than 2 inches of snow and plenty of slush and ice. Still, the forecast for the next few days promises wind and chill. In other words, a good excuse to make pasta e patate ~ pasta with potatoes. Who would […]

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Canederli in Brodo: Bread Dumplings in Broth

Normally by mid-January I am completely over winter. I’ve had it with scarves and gloves and heavy coats, with raw winds and dry brown landscapes. This year, most uncharacteristically, I find myself enjoying, if not reveling in, the season, even as temps have dipped into the teens (that’s cold for Virginia). There have been brisk […]

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All Good Things

Incredibly, almost a year has gone by since I last posted a soup recipe. I eat soup at least once a week, no matter the season, for lunch and/or dinner, so I have no idea how this unforgivable omission happened. Let me fix it. Let me offer you a bowl of this soup, which is filled with […]

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September I love you but you make me sad. Your arrival brings with it the end of endless days, the end of corn and peaches and tomatoes, the end of grand slam tennis. You throw me into a funk. This morning my son walked out the door a high school senior. His sister, a junior, […]

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Cold Spring, Hot Broth

Who else feels like spring is draaaaaaging her feet? I’ve been seeing lots of snapshots and mini-rants on social media about late-winter snowstorms, dreary landscapes and chilly days so I know I’m not alone. I have a remedy. It’s this soup, this simple, gentle soup composed of crepes in broth ~ crespelle in brodo in Italian, scrippelle […]

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Winter’s Bones

(Pardon the excessive typography on the pics in this post. As if I didn’t have enough distractions, I uploaded an iPhone app called Over, which allows you to play around with text and fonts. I couldn’t resist.) * * * * * The stockpots and soup tureens in my house have been getting a workout […]

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Hot Soup for Cold Days

The other day I went to toss a package of rolls into the freezer, and, lo and behold, when I opened the freezer door I found a gift. The best kind of gift. A container of homemade broth. With the holiday craze and a looming book deadline for which I’ve been testing recipes fast and […]

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Garlicky Lentil Soup with Carrots and Tuscan Kale

Honestly, I had no idea that so many of you apparently love lentil soup as much as I do. A few weeks ago I got an email from a reader requesting a recipe for my garlicky lentil soup. And then another, and another, and so on. I had mentioned the soup in a short Q […]

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In Season: Asparagus

On a recent Sunday I hit the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, where I found asparagus and…asparagus and…more asparagus. OK—I’m exaggerating a little; I also bought a bunch of baby turnips and some rosy radishes, and there were tender salad greens, too, but it was pretty clear who the star of the show is right now. […]

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