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Cold is a relative term, right? It's cold here in Quito these days. And by cold I mean 60 and rainy with little sunshine. It's also cold in Chicago whereby I mean 30 degrees with snow on the ground.    Whether cold is 60 or 30 degrees to you this soup can warm up a cold soul any night of the week.     It's hearty and all comfort with a rich broth, chunks of meat and veggies and that fun, slighly chewy texture of barley.       Beef & Barley Soup Taken from T...

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You might not guess this was a very toddler-friendly meal, but in our house it was.  Our kids love beans, which is a good thing because what they don't love is meat.  Except bacon.  And hotdogs.  You know, the types of meat that are more "meat" than meat.   But they slurp-gobbled this right up and Canaan ended up with dessert because I was so, so proud that I didn't have to prod him to eat a single bite of his dinner.  And Eden just kept opening her little beak for ...

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A week ago I thought, "Soon the rain will come, right?"  Well the rain came.  In bucket-fulls.  In 24-hour long rains.  In puddles in my laundry area.  It came.     It's a good thing we think soup is delicious on a rainy night.         Now let me tell you a short story.  One time my parents flew to Suriname for 10 days.  Meanwhile, I got malaria back at home.  Imagine my older sister scared, caring for me, having to pick me up...

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There have been A LOT of cookies in my recent past.  A LOT.  It didn't stop with Christmas.  I just kept going.  And I'm not one of those bakers who bakes without frequent tastings so every once in a while (it doesn't happen often) I get sugared out.  You know that feeling when you're full of cookie dough and yet you still want to eat something to take away the sickly sweet feeling?     This soup was made for that feeling.  Warm, hearty, bursting with flav...

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I LURV pumpkin soup.  Pumpkin Soup with blue cheese and bacon crumbles sprinkled on top?  A bowl full of yum that can take me straight back to my Christiana Street Chicago apartment on a Fall night.    I also LURV black beans.  Like a lot.  Like, I could give up chicken, pork, and red meat almost completely in favor of black beans.  (But you'd have to let me keep some bacon and a good juicy burger in the diet once in a while.)        So a so...

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We eat a LOT of soup here.  It's on the menu at least once a week and we can do that year round because by the time it's 6pm night has fallen and the air is generally around 60 degrees.  With two under two in the house now, soup is also super helpful.  Most soups can be built in parts throughout the day when you have a few minutes here and there and then come together in time for dinner and baths before 7pm bedtimes!   Canaan adores zucchini and Nate and I adore almost any cr...

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I referenced this soup in my Christmas Eve post.  It's a recipe without measurements, one of those recipes where you cut and toss and roast and pull it all together when it tastes right to you.  I'm a big fan of texture (why I really don't care for pudding) and so I love the way the kale and chickpeas crunch in your mouth against the silken texture of the soup base.   I make a lot of butternut squash soup here because the squash comes already peeled and cut and it's really inexpen...

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I realize we're at odds right now.  You're experiencing a summer's bounty of berries, peaches, tomatoes and other brightly-jeweled fruits and vegetables.  Meanwhile I'm experiencing the exact same 5 fruits that are available year round.  (Okay, there are a lot more than 5 but there aren't many recipes out there for taxo or guayaba and honestly, I've never been a fan of many tropical fruits anyway.)  So while you're making 20-minute, don't-turn-on-the-oven delectable dinners f...

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When we first arrived in Quito, after the babe and I were showered and clean of five rounds of his puke and after he was safely tucked into his new bed, and after I took a minute to freak out about the place we would be staying our first two weeks I opened the fridge.  And in the fridge was a bowl with a post-it note on it.  A note that said, "Lentil Soup."  And my heart sank possibly just one note lower because lentil soup?  Lentils are what my mom used to have to eat all al...

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Chowder.  A perfect signal that Fall is indeed here.  A perfect antidote to days that got far too cold far too quickly.     I love this chowder for it’s ease and versatility.  I also love the big bundle of saffron-flavored rice in the middle of it.  It’s the only packaged rice/pasta product you’ll see me buy.  But this recipe has endless possibilities and is perfect to substitute and change based on your convenience and palate.  This last time I made it, I had very small amounts of...

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