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Roasted Tomatillo and Chicken Soup

My week was full, yet uncomplicated: an evening talk with Winona LaDuke, the end-of-season garlic planting, a new soup recipe. It was a week from a Wendell Berry essay, drawing grace from its simplicity. This week’s soup is somewhat of an invention, with whole oranges […]

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Potato, Fennel, and Sausage

This week was the first time I really put my new rain gear to use. I felt invincible in the downpour. Something about the sopping and grey makes the hollow knock of peppers and the smell of parsley and the vibrant orange of Cheddar cauliflower all the more […]

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Vicchysoise

Last week I got a text from my friend Luke, “Fork-damage potatoes?” That night I was delivered these beauties, trimmed and ready to be made into soup. It pays to get chummy with good gardeners. Or at least generous ones. A chilled potato leek, heavy […]

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Chilled Cucumber

It’s been some months since I’ve made any soup—the heat of summer in the northwest, a few flights out of state, and the emotional evolution of my 20-something self (to put it poetically), have all kept me from the stove. April to August has felt […]

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Mexican Pork and Corn

Ham hocks, tomatoes, onions, corn—this was one of the simplest recipes I’ve seen and possibly my favorite (and unlike most of my Mexican cooking, you couldn’t tell a white girl made it). The spread of toppings was more involved than the soup itself with shredded […]

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Broccoli and Bacon

Daffodils and Paper Whites, sunsets after 7pm—March actually means spring in the Northwest (as opposed to mud and snow in Maine or the decidedly season-less Southern California). We spent the weekend outside in our little yard starting seedlings, finishing our chicken run, and prepping soil […]

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Curried Coconut and Sweet Potato

We’ve only been in the Northwest for five months, but this past soup night we had nearly 15 people in our tiny apartment. Note my Pyrex in the photo below. I’m going to have to start asking people to bring their own bowls! I definitely didn’t […]

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Split Pea and Ham

Split pea is the soup of all soups. A good bowl of pease porridge inspires poetry and even songs—look at Gene Wilder, he loves it rich and green! Eaten since antiquity, it’s a staple in most European cultures—in Sweden they’ve literally been eating split pea […]

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