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French Fridays with Dorie: Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup Dorie Greenspan

While the rest of the Doristas are showing today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Jerusalem artichoke soup with parsley coulis, I’m going playing catch-up with a classic leek and potato soup.  The group prepared this soup back in December of 2010.  Given the similarities between potatoes and sunchokes, I figured this throwback recipe would fit in nicely with the rest of the group’s soups.

Leek and potato soup is also known as potage Parmentier, after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier.  Parmentier was a French agronomist and scientist that championed for the use of potatoes in the French diet after subsisting on them as a POW in Prussia.  It’s hard to imagine French cuisine without potato gratins, mashed potatoes, and frites. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Celery-Celery Soup

Celery-Celery Soup Dorie Greenspan

“I’m doing the Friday recipe today!”

“Cool.  What is it?”

“It’s soup.  A celery root and green celery soup. But it has apples in it.”


“I can go the criollo route and do it with garlic and sofrito and cilantro if you want.”

“Whatever way you choose is fine.  But the recipe says it has apples you should probably make it as it is written.”

“Yeah… I guess.”

And that’s how I ended up cooking the recipe, exactly as written.  Two Fuji apples joined a mountain of onions, a couple of stalks of celery, and chunks of the root vegetable we call apio, which translates to celery. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Christine’s Simple Pepper Soup

simple pepper soup

I’m trying to make up my mind about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe: Christine’s Simple Pepper Soup (nee, Party Soups).  Simple is an understatement.  All this soup requires a quart of vegetable (bouillon) broth, a pound of peppers, extra seasoning to taste, and a simmer of twenty minutes.  In the hardware department, a blender and a strainer.  Adding to the simplicity, it can be served either warm or cold.  Dorie Greenspan’s friend Christine, a pro of turning the simplest ideas into chic, serves these soups in tumblers, wine glasses, and dainty coffee cups.  Read More…

Vegetable Broth

I’m playing catch up with the French Fridays with Dorie crowd , and for some reason I decided to group my efforts by topic.  During the last few weeks I’ve made the three soups I missed writing about: the creamy cauliflower soup sans creamcheating on winter pea soup, and the orange scented lentil soup.  The backbone for all three soups was a homemade vegetable broth.  I usually just use the bouillon cubes whenever a recipe calls for vegetable broth, but I wanted to make my own stock for these soups.  Vegetable broth gets the ugly duckling treatment in most cookbooks and kitchen reference books I have around.  It’s usually ignored or mentioned in a little blurb away from its chicken, beef, and veal counteparts. Read More…

Creamy Caldo Gallego

Happy New Year!

Creamy Caldo Gallego

Many people around the world are nursing hangovers this morning with some tried and true “remedy foods” – greasy spoon burgers and fries, cool citrusy ceviche, or fruit loaded smoothies.  If you happen to be in Puerto Rico and drop by a Spanish bakery in the morning, chances are you will find a few dehydrated  faces recovering with a steamy bowl of caldo gallego – Galician broth – in front of them.  Caldo gallego is a rustic soup built on a ham hock broth, with large chunks of potato and turnips, white beans, chard (acelga), and bits of ham and chorizo.   This creamy caldo gallego has all the same ingredients and proportions as the traditional version – you could leave it chunky and it would be just as good.  I pureed it because I wanted to create a contrast with fun garnishes: dehydrated chard and crisped chorizo and ham. Read More…

French Weekends with Dorie: Stone Soup (aka Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup)

Stone soup –  we have all heard in one form of another the folk tale of the traveling family that arrives to a village with an empty cooking pot.  The family finds some water, fills the pot and drops a stone into it.  They start a fire and set the pot down, the steam attracting curious onlookers. Read More…

Cream of Crab and Saffron

After completing several projects for work during the spring, I was awarded points to redeem at a ‘rewards store’.  There were so many things to chose from!  My very inexpensive plastic immersion blender was already starting to show signs of age, so I opted to get a much powerful stainless steel one with my points.  I was so (vocally) excited about my new blender that Cynthia, a good friend from work, saved me a recipe feature from our local paper about soups.  This cream of crab and saffron is one of five recipes Chef Javier Menéndez shared with El Nuevo Día.  Chef Menéndez was one of the younger chefs featured in this year’s edition of Saborea Puerto Rico.  He’s also the Executive Chef at San Juan’s Texas de Brazil outpost. Read More…

Gumbo Ya Ya with Crabmeat

This Sunday, Eduardo and I celebrated SOUPer Bowl VII.  Since we’ve been together, we’ve always watched the  Super Bowl in the couch, with a bowl of soup and a platter of wings in front of us.  I made a recap of the soups we’ve enjoyed through the years in last year’s SOUPer Bowl entry, New England Clam Chowder (oh, the irony).  Still bitter over the outcome of the playoffs for my beloved Saints, I decided to bring New Orleans to the Super Bowl through food.  Enter the Gumbo Ya Ya! Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Corn Soup

This week’s French Friday’s with Dorie recipe inevitably reminded me of one of my favorite soups, crab and corn chowder.   Dorie’s corn soup is a lighter yet substantial alternative for summer, when corn is at its peak in the Northern hemisphere. Read More…

Dolores/Lolita Gazpacho

My MIL is always in the lookout for great, reasonably priced restaurants both locally and in her frequent trips to Florida. One of her favorites is Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, a Spanish restaurant in Miami’s Brickell area. The restaurant/lounge has a huge selection of wine bottles under $20.00, appetizer-entree combos starting starting at under $20.00, and a weekday wine and tapas happy hour that my in-laws seldom miss while they are in town. As a courtesy to their patrons, they distribute their recipe for gazpacho, the traditional Spanish vegetable and bread cold soup. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Cold Melon-Berry Soup

I celebrated Bastille Day yesterday with what seemed a typical summery, light French meal: chilled soup and an omelet.  I would also to call it “my husband is away for work and I get to have breakfast for dinner!” Read More…

Catching Up with @FFwDorie – Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Sauce

Food tragedies come in many forms.  Ingredients can be so elusive they are never found.  The soufflé stays flat and undercooked.  Favorite restaurants close.  Sometimes we need to accept these facts, make the best of what we have or know, and move on.


Despite being a vegetable that grows in all the different US Hardiness Zones, rhubarb is not readily available in the Caribbean.  I’ve never tried it, but wish I had based on what I’ve read about it (and the onslaught of strawberry rhubarb goodies popping all over the food blogosphere).   This week, instead of joining the French Fridays with Dorie crowd in their roasted rhubarb experience, I decided to play catch-up with one of the recipes completed before I joined the group – the spicy Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.  Dorie Greenspan’s award winning Around My French Table is a book that doesn’t shy away from modern influences in French cooking, as you can tell by this and last week’s rib recipes.  Read More…

Julia Child’s French Onion Soup


I wish I was exaggerating, but it hasn’t stopped raining in over three weeks. We did get a short break this weekend – a few hours of pure, blue sky – but the winds shifted and the afternoon rains returned. My car is filthy, the grass is overgrown, and the excitement over my lush herb garden does not make up for the fact that it’s been so dreary and humid. A few weeks back, I tried invoking Murphy (of the law fame) by making a pot of French Onion soup thinking that if I made soup to comfort us, the rain would magically disappear. That did not work out too well! On the bright side, Julia Child’s recipe was completely worth making, despite its lack of weather altering powers. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie – Warm Weather Vegetable Pot Au Feu

Memorial Day weekend was crammed with cooking, eating, and struggling with the weather’s unpredictability.  For the last couple of weeks, it has rained almost every day and mostly in the afternoon, driven by the rising temperatures and the lingering humidity in the atmosphere.  Luckily, we squeezed two rounds of grilling towards the end of the weekend.  Knowing that we would overindulge in a slab of large, meaty ribs on Monday evening, I decided that the perfect lunch to feel nutritionally virtuous for a little while was Dorie Greenspan’s warm weather vegetable pot-au-feu. Read More…

Roasted Asparagus Soup


Everyone is guilty of making impulse buys at the warehouse club or while grocery shopping.  Whether it is a pack of socks, a new cereal to try, or an extra bottle of wine, I’m guilty of occasionally picking up stuff I don’t need.  I’ve been much better about this since I downloaded an application for my smart phone to organize my shopping lists by store (Grocery IQ)… but it didn’t stop me from picking up a bunch of asparagus from the fresh foods ‘refrigerated room’.  That bag was way too big for just DH and me.  Days went by before I even started using it, which is the true test of an impulse buy.  But they looked so pretty and spring-like!

Riding on the success of the quinoa salad leftovers (because nothing beats having a good meal in the table in a few minutes), I decided to make soup out of the asparagus to use over several meals in the next couple of days… quick lunches with sandwiches/salads or snacks.  I skimmed over a few recipes but decided to trust my gut on this one. Read More…