Leonardo da Vinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That makes this gorgeous, simple soup fabulously sophisticated. [more]

Thai Curried Salmon Soup

Curry paste and coconut cream enhances the flavor of this soup. You might have to go to specialty markets to find some of the ingredients, although, many upscale markets now carrying these … [more]


This Spicy North African soup is often served during Ramadan, the Muslim religious festival in which followers fast during the daytime for a month. [more]

Pear and Roquefort Cheese Soup

This soup is a great appetizer as an introduction to a special meal. I always like something a little different for setting the stage for a great meal. I often refer to this as the “married … [more]

Peanut chili soup

This is one of my fall comfort foods but great year round. With the weather changing here in the east, I always add this to my arsenal of warming soups. I used to serve in at a restaurant where I … [more]

Chicken dumpling soup

This recipe has been in my husband’s family for generations! His mother comes into town to stay with us several times a year, and we always ask her to make it for us and our kids. Even though, … [more]

Chilled melon soup

In the height of summer when melons are in season, I can’t think of a better way to honor this delectable then to totally annul it into a refreshing soup. This starter serves about 6. [more]

Cheesy Courgette Soup

2006 was a wonderful summer in London for growing our own fruit and veg, except that, with a hose-pipe ban and temperatures in the 30s (celsius), watering was a bit of a nightmare. Never the less, we … [more]

Quick chicken stock

A recipe calls for homemade stock, but you don’t have all day to boil the bones of a flightless fowl. What’s a cook to do? Make some in a hurry. Fortunately it’s easy and takes only an hour or … [more]

Harvest time vegetable stock

I’m a carnivore by nature. I’d have meat for dessert if only I could find a good recipe for pork flavored ice cream. But if a vegan were suddenly elected King and passed a decree that allowed … [more]

'Janey' soup

This is something made by my mother-in-law and by no one else that I know of except those to whom she taught the recipe (me and my sister-in-law). It’s ambrosia and nectar combined, and a bit … [more]


There are so many recipes for this wonderful soup (eaten hot or cold). This one came from my Polish grandmother and was passed down to me by my mother. It’s a simple one. [more]

Moroccan chickpea soup

My buddy Eric’s the kind of bachelor that considers a powerbar a good lunch. So when he offered to cook up this great soup recipe he’d come across, I politely demurred. The biggest selling factor … [more]

Rapini Tomato Soup - (Minestra ‘I Qualazzi)

“Qualazzi”, are wild rapini. They grow in the countryside around Polizzi after the rains in early autumn until the first frost. The wild variety is thin stemmed, mostly leaves with few … [more]

Classic Russian Borscht

My grandfather’s recipe for classic Russian borscht. It was the one thing he could cook well. [more]

Homemade Chicken Soup

Growing up, this is the soup that my mother made for my siblings and me. It is a pure and rich broth, delicious with rice, pasta, asian noodles or matzoh balls. I make a big pot of this a few times a … [more]

Vegetarian borshch

This is a winter staple in our family. Serve with sour cream and fresh dill on top. [more]

Baby, it's cold outside crabmeat soup

My wife wooed me with this soup. But what with the soup’s ridiculous richness, I suppose she could have also been trying to kill me. I’ve always thought of crabs as something you eat at a … [more]

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