Green Chili (6 of 7)

Green Chili

Some recipes just don’t work out. This is especially true when the recipe is one you are making up on the spot, cobbling together from multiple sources. Sometimes it’s a total flop, the kind that can only be dumped in the garbage before ordering takeout. Too much salt, ingredients-gone-bad, poorly calibrated baking experiments. But most…

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Matzah Ball Soup (9 of 9)

Matzah Ball Soup

My mom makes the best matzah ball soup. So good that it was the standard of comparison for all matzah ball soups, not just in my family, but in other’s too. “These aren’t as good as Bev’s,” was a comment made on more than one occasion by a friend or neighbor when the Passover hostess…

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Chicken Pot Pie (7 of 8)

Chicken Pot Pie

There is a weird food holiday pretty much every day of the year if you pay attention to those sorts of things. Which, to be honest, I do only about half of the time. There’s a margarita day, a watermelon day, even a day in honor of creamsicles. But, as I believe we established here…

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Bacon Onion Guyere Soup (10 of 10)

Bacon, Onion, and Gruyere Soup

Several months ago I whipped up an amazingly rich and decadent bacon, onion, and gruyere tart from one of my favorite fancy-cooking cookbooks. Sheets of puff pastry topped with a cheese-laced bechamel sauce, crispy lardons of bacon, onions that had turned sweet and melting in the heat. It was gooey and buttery and flakey .The…

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Soup Au Pistou (7 of 10)

Soup au Pistou

Why is it that baking gets all the credit for making a house feel homey? I know the old idea that you should have something baking in the oven, cookies or fresh bread, to welcome guests to your home. But when did those things win the prize for most comforting? Why can’t it be soup?…

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French Onion Soup

The other morning we woke up to a fog advisory in San Francisco. Fog, so thick we needed the news to tell us it was unsafe on the roads. Hemmed in on all sides by fog there was really only one thing to do – make soup. The rich savory kind that drives away the…

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Brisket-Style Slow Cooker Beef

If my goal here were to improve my skills at naming dishes this one might be a failure. The only thing brisket-like about this dish is the sauce I put on it and you’d only know that if my mother’s brisket was your benchmark for brisket. But when I was searching for a way to…

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Butternut Squash Soup

The weather here has been cold and gray and partly rainy since last week and that means all I want to do is eat soup. To my mind, there are two kinds of soup. There’s the kind that is chock full of things – potatoes, carrots, noodles, meat, maybe some barley or rice. Soup so…

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Chimichurri Couscous

Parsley gets a bit of a bad rap. It’s so often the unfortunate garnish or the superfluous ingredient that people seem to dismiss it as a serious ingredient. For years when a recipe called for parsley I would like as not skip it. I saw no real point in using parsley, other than for color….

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