Panade and French Onion Soup

I looooooooove French onion soup. So simple, so warming, so delicious. I make it often when I have broth and a fresh bag of onions. And I generally, skip the bread and go with a much more modest dusting of Parmesan instead of melted gruyere, which makes for a low-calorie dinner. It’s very easy to…

Coconut curry soup

I saved a bit of the basil I bought for pesto to treat myself with a warming coconut curry soup. The aromatic combination of curry, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and fresh herbs was splendid for the cold I’ve been fighting. The soup is a bit complicated to make with so many flavors and toppings, but it’s…

Roast chicken: fall comfort food at its best

Once the weather turns colder and darker – or maybe it’s just the perfect meal for football season – I get motivated to roast a chicken every week. I love trying new herbs and flavorings. Plus having leftover roast chicken for soups, salads, and whatnot is invaluable for quick meals. And then of course, it’s…

Cassoulet

Comfort food that I look forward to every fall. Essentially a bean dish at heart, cassoulet is a long and slow cooked stew with a variety of meats, white beans, and vegetables. It’s historically made with, duck confit, pork sausage, and French bacon, but you can vary that with chicken and other types of sausages…

Broth – Make something out of nothing

There are dozens of resources on broth making out there and the only thing that I can add to them is that you don’t have to start with whole ingredients. To make my broth, I save and freeze the clean ends of carrots, parsnips, celery, onions, too tiny to peel cloves of garlic, herb stems…