Rani’s Egg Salad with Roasted Portabella


Boiled egg, roasted portabella shroom, Mae Ploy yellow curry paste, yogurt, fennel, shallot, celery, red bell pepper, goat cheese, dried cherry, fresh basil, ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemon/ginger juice, cinnamon.

A subcontinent twist to the humble egg salad. The fennel really funked up this concoction.

Mexi Egg Salad with Avocado and Chicken


Boiled egg, avocado, roasted chicken breast, mild salsa, shallot, celery, red bell pepper, Delouis bearnaise sauce, mayo, mozzarella cheese, lemon juice, chive, parsley, clove, cocoa powder, garlic, salt, black pepper.

Huevo Santo! The avocado was the jewel in this crown–a great mesh with egg and salsa.

Bravocado: A Cute Avocado Notebook: Alledras Designs ...

Pesto and Harissa Egg Salad


Boiled egg, mayonnaise, traditional basil pesto, harissa (North African hot chili paste) red bell pepper, red onion marinated in balsamic vinegar, green onion, lemon/ginger juice, garlic, salt.

As I mentioned in previous post, we haven’t been able to make and distribute soup due to the Grande Praga. But today we needed some sandwich filling (we still hand out sack lunches), so I added some funkiness to the customarily subdued egg salad.

Had to be careful with the harissa–that stuff can bring atomic heat if unsparingly added. The pesto really made it fun. Huzzah!

What does Karl Marx put on his pasta? Communist Manipesto!” Stephen Colbert

Kalamata and Hollandaise Egg Salad


Boiled egg, mayonnaise, Delouis Sauce Hollandaise, kalamata olive, red onion marinated in balsamic vinegar, parsley, garlic, salt.

Due to social distancing requirements, we have not been able to make and hand out soup. Totally sucks, but our clients’ safety is paramount. BUT we still hand out sack lunches, so today I made a couple sandwich fillers.

As with soups, I can’t help myself from jazzing up the same-o same-o. The hollandaise supplied a great tartiness, while the kalamatas stood up perfectly.

Oh man, Friday, I really wanted an egg salad sandwich and I was just obsessing about it and I was like, ‘Man, I’m gonna make one of those.’” Steve Carell, 40-Year Old Virgin

Pippin Chicken and Sam Clam Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, celery. Taco chicken breast, cento red clam sauce, poblano pepper, green and red bell pepper, cabbage, zucchini, black truffle oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, sugar.

The clam sauce was a great find–tasted in the vein of Manhattan chowder. The taco marinade on the prepared chicken slices had cayenne and other usual Mexi flavors, but was fairly subtle.

“Fool of a Took! This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.” Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

Image result for cento red clam sauce

Korean Ham Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, carrot. Ham, smoked bacon, cabbage, snap beans, beef bulgogi sauce, sesame seeds, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, sambal oelek, parsley, lots and lots of garlic.

The condiment shelf at the food bank sometimes harbors some real jewels. Today it was Korean bulgogi marinade, totally enticing, so in it went. 맛있는!

보기 좋은 떡이 먹기도 좋다 Translation: “good looking ddeok tastes good.”

Image result for bulgogi sauce

Curried Cabbage and Sausage Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, carrot, celery. Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage, cabbage, red green and orange bell pepper, prepared mashed potato, mashed potato mix, milk, Greek yogurt, butter, yellow curry paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, basil, garlic.

Coronasutra conglomeration. With that good morning feeling only Jimmy Dean can provide.

Image result for jimmy dean

Chicken Salad Sandwich Fixings


Covid 19 fears kept our sandwich makers at home today, so I stepped in and made some chicken salad sandwich filling as well as my regular soup. The above was with green, red, and orange bell peppers, Dijon mustard, tarragon, white pepper, and salt.

Below, I used curry powder, turmeric, Greek yogurt, lemon/ginger juice, jalapeno hot sauce, green, red, and orange bell peppers, black pepper, and salt.


Rangoon Chicken Mushroom Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, carrot. Tyson grilled and ready chicken breast, sautéed white and crimini shrooms, sautéed portobello shroom, cauliflower, green snap beans, roasted zucchini, roasted eggplant, raisins, yellow curry paste, fresh basil, lemon/ginger burst juice, fish sauce.

We were donated a couple cases of yellow curry paste, so you may see more Asian-inspired offerings in the near future.

Image result for rangoon

Chicken with Roasted Grape Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot. Chicken breast, roasted grape (with a dash of white balsamic vinegar), red bell pepper, sauteed crimini shroom, zucchini, herbs de provence, sugar, garlic, red pepper flake, flour.

AKA Coq au Raisin. Got a hankering to make coq au vin, but considering our clientele, it’s best to stay away from booze, even if it mostly boils out. So roasted grapes did a fine stand in. No wrath here.

Image result for grapes of wrath

Teriyaki Pâté Soup

Mirepoix: red onion, red bell pepper, celery. Pork pistachio pâté, pâté au poivre noir, pork liver mouse, roasted yellow squash, roasted portobello shroom, broccoli, chopped walnuts, teriyaki marinade, Taiwanese pot bottom hot sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine vinegar, lemon/ginger burst juice.

Another oddball cross-border offering, with a special guest star from Formosa. Had to search quite a while to figure out what it was:

Image result for tarnation quotes

Bloody Sausage Ravioli Soup

Mirepoix: yellow and red onion, celery, orange pepper, rainbow carrot, fennel. Sausage, pear gorgonzola ravioli, squash ravioli, beets, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, Anaheim pepper, jalapeno, harissa, yellow bell pepper, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, parsley, fresh basil, fresh oregano, paprika, turmeric, fresh ginger, truffle oil.

Beautifully hued brew from my Wednesday partner Martin.

Image result for out damned spot

Hamshroom Soup

Mirepoix: yellow and red onion, celery, orange bell pepper, rainbow carrot, fennel. Ham, roasted portobello shroom, crimini shroom, sour cream, worcestershire sauce, dill, tarragon, flour, ghee, garlic, parsley.

Was shooting for ham stroganoff, but had to abort when at the last moment I noticed that the yogurt I was going to add was vanilla yogurt. Maybe another day I would have gone with it, but it just sounded wrong. But it all turned out good in the end.

Image result for oh no

Camembert Seafood Chowder


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, carrot, chive. Clams with juice, shrimp with juice, potato, camembert cheese, orange and green bell pepper, cauliflower, egg yolks, ghee, butter, fish sauce, milk, whipping cream, fresh basil, tarragon, dill, cinnamon, garlic.

So now I know that “liaison” is the official word that means adding starch or egg yolks to thicken soup. So today I liaised with yolks–creamy thickness.

Kapustnica (Slovakian Sauerkraut Soup)


Standard mirepoix. Sauerkraut, pork sausage, potato, poblano pepper, dried cherry, tomato paste, coconut milk, caraway seed, allspice, fish sauce, beef bouillon, sugar, paprika, parsley, garlic.

A bit different from regular kapustnica, but the cherries and coconut milk helped to even out the piquancy of the kraut.

Cheese, Pumpkin and Chicken Soup


Traditional mirepoix. Roasted chicken, canned pumpkin, romano cheese, yam, sweet potato, carrot, Anaheim pepper, green onion, onion, kale, cranberry, mashed potato mix, mushroom pate, truffle oil, ginger, cinnamon, corn starch, chicken bouillon, sugar, white pepper, malt vinegar, molasses, lemon juice, parsley.

Martin had a whole lotta lovin mixed into this one, but the pumpkin was up center. Good stuff.

Image result for canned pumpkin

Hot and Sour Sausage Soup with Crispy Rice


Yellow onion, shroom, green bean, ground pork sausage, bahn mi meatball, orange bell pepper, crispy roasted rice, cauliflower, zucchini, corn, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, Indonesian pepper sauce, garlic, bay leaf.

A fun Asiany mishmash with rice crisped in the oven. Instead of starting with a mirepoix, today it was duxelles. Tasty.

Didn’t know what bahn mi was, but it looked nummy, so in it went.

Image result for what is that?

Dog and Chick Soup, aka Mideastern Sausage and Roasted Chickpea Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, green and red bell pepper, carrot, fennel. Roasted classic bun-length franks, roasted garbanzo beans, yellow bell pepper, red chard, red potato, dried cranberry, whipping cream, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, parsley, lemon/ginger burst juice, garlic, corn starch.

The roasted chickpeas turned out great–just a bit of crunchiness.

Image result for garbanzo cartoon

Ham and Green Bean Soup


Mirepoix: red white and yellow onion, celery, parsnip. Ham, green bean, tomato, heart of palm, fresh basil, garlic, cumin, vanilla, cayenne pepper, paprika, parsley, soy sauce.

I was aiming at a ham version of fasoolya khadra, a Jordanian dish, but it didn’t quite get there. Oh well. At least the vanilla added an unexpected tickle.

“Let me tell you, I’m no Elvis. Elvis had his time. I’m Vanilla Ice, and it’s my turn now.” Who else?

Chicken and Roasted Onion Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, celery, parsnip. Chicken breast, balsamic roasted onion, regular roasted onion, rutabaga, turnip, beef bouillon, garlic, black pepper, French 4 spice (clove, nutmeg, ginger), lemon/ginger burst juice, bay leaf.

Lordy those roasted onions added a depth further than a zen bomb shelter. Plus it was fun to use rutabaga–we rarely have those donated to us.

Spicy Bratwurst and Black Bean Soup


Onion, carrot, celery, bratwurst, black bean, raisin, tomato, tomato sauce, green pepper, salt, black pepper, cumin, Italian seasoning, cayenne.

The cayenne was close to landing a knock-out heat punch, but the raisins totally evened it out. Another home run delivered by Michele.

“I once walked in on my grandparents making love. And that’s why I don’t eat raisins.” Zach Galifianakis

Image result for cayenne pepper

Heitor’s Sausage Soup

Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot. Pork sausage, zucchini, yellow squash, sauteed crimini mushroom, black olive, fresh and canned tomato, enchilada sauce, cumin, garlic, red pepper flake, cocoa powder, cinnamon, clove, parsley, coffee.

The earthy tones of the coffee deepened this nicely.

“Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?” Steven Wright

“The Farm” Soup

Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot. Bacon, beef, chicken, yellow squash, beet, shroom, blueberry, mandarin orange, horseradish, white onion, beef bouillon, turmeric, white pepper, fresh basil.

Martin scoured the farm for this one: bovine, porcine, and avian protein included. Plus some nice fruit. Excellent.

“Some eyes threaten like a loaded and levelled pistol, and others are as insulting as hissing or kicking; some have no more expression than blueberries, while others are as deep as a well which you can fall into.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bacon Rice Soup with Mint


Mirepoix: yellow onion, parsley, carrot, celery, green pepper. Bacon, rice, zucchini, crimini shroom, fresh mint, tarragon, sambal oelek, vegetable base, lemon ginger burst juice, black pepper.

Ouu boy that mint really brightened up this concoction, and the Indonesian pepper sauce added some softly-refined heat.

Image result for mint

Ham Apple Chowder


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, parsnip (let’s call that the “snipoix”). Ham, apple, potato, cauliflower, apple sauce, cream cheese, flour, dill, tarragon, garlic, black pepper.

A zippy fruit and dairy treat, soup style.

“Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Super Bowl Leftover Soup aka Steak, Bean and Goat Cheese Soup


Mirepoix: yellow and red onion, parsnip, celery. Beef top round steak, top sirloin, pork sausage, goat cheese, parsnip, crimini shroom, bean dip bowl, refried beans, black beans, corn, tomato, tomato paste, pineapple, lemon ginger burst juice, garlic, pico de gallo, mild salsa, beef bouillon, tomato bouillon.

This was a hoot to make–the guiding principle was “why not?”

Image result for super bowl one
Image result for super bowl 2020 touchdown

Almond Chicken Soup with Mango and Morrel


Mirepoix: yellow onion, yellow bell pepper, celery. Chicken breast, almond butter, morrel shroom, mango, turnip, potato, asparagus, portabella shroom, tomato paste, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, oregano, turmeric.

“When an almond tree became covered with blossoms in the heart of winter, all the trees around it began to jeer. ‘What vanity,’ they screamed, ‘what insolence! Just think, it believes it can bring spring in this way!'” Nikos Kazantzakis

Lamb Stew


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, red bell pepper. Lamb, chicken sausage, turnip, potato, mushroom, potato chips, tomato paste, flour, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, bay leaf, chocolate powder, coffee, paprika, garlic, beef bouillon, tomato bouillon.

I don’t think I’d ever used lamb before–it was good fun using this shy protein. Plus the mix of seasonings was a hoot.

Image result for cartoon coffee chocolate"
Kettle Brand® Unsalted Potato Chips

Kale and Bacon Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, red bell pepper. Bacon, kale, bok choy, yogurt, extra onion, ginger, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, lemon/ginger juice.

So this train derailed–it was originally headed toward saag station, and just never got thick/mushy/creamy enough. But the pureed kale really infused the stock wonderfully, so I just threw in some bok choy too and called it a day.

Image result for cartoon train derail"

Wasabi Chicken Noodle Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot. Chicken, eggplant, macaroni noodle, red bell pepper, garlic, fresh basil, wasabi powder.

Wasabi in chicken soup? Heck yeah!

Just a note: I’ve been sweating the mirepoix in coconut oil for the past half year or so. Certainly olive oil, bacon fat, butter, or other fats work great.

Image result for wasabi powder

Cream Cauliflower Soup with Quinoa and Raisins


Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot. Roasted cauliflower, quinoa, raisin, half and half, coconut milk, coconut flakes, curry powder, ginger.

This was a fun one, jam packed with pureed and chunks of cauliflower.

“I prefer men to cauliflowers.” Virginia Woolf

Banzai Chicken Rice Soup


Red onion, chicken, kale, eggplant, shiitake mushroom, rice, liquid aminos, nori komi furikake (Japanese seasoning), lemon ginger burst juice.

Martin was out, and once again we were swamped, so this day I made three soups. This was the quick and dirty third soup, but with some fun Japanese flavors.

Had never seen lemon ginger burst juice before, but it worked perfectly, adding a nice acidic touch.

Image result for nori komi furikake
Image result for lemon ginger burst

Bacon Rice Soup


Bacon, rice, broccoli, zucchini, celery, fresh basil, white pepper, sambal oelek.

The city opened a new cold-weather shelter nearby, and we’ve been swamped. Thus I stayed late and whipped this little devil together. It was extra thick and flavorful, so it likely will be cut into two soups tomorrow.

“I’m not playing the race card. I’m playing the rice card.” Margaret Cho

Coconut Shrimp Curry


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, orange bell pepper, parsnip, fennel. Tempura shrimp, potato, zucchini, mushroom, green bell pepper, coconut milk, coconut cream, half and half, butter, fresh Thai basil, fresh basil, garlic, sambal oelek (Indonesian hot chili sauce).

The chili sauce added a sly underneath heat. And yay for coconut.

“Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?” Castle guard, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Sausage Outburst Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, orange bell pepper, parsnip, fennel. Reindeer sausage, summer sausage, Italian sausage, pâté, apple, potato, sauerkraut, chive, mint, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, garlic, white pepper, orange juice, pomegranate juice, corn starch.

A piquant mixture with an intriguing medley of sausage. Martin produced this baby.

Image result for sauerkraut meme

Bacon and Roasted Vegetable Soup

Mirepoix: onion, celery, bell pepper. Bacon, roasted cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts (both roasted in bacon fat), rice, mixed green herbs, onion, vinegar, salt, paprika, bell pepper, worcestershire sauce, corn starch.

Another New Year’s Day special slung out by Martin. Awesome move to roast in bacon fat. Yum.

Image result for bacon meme

Lotus Ginger Chicken Soup

Mirepoix: Onion, celery, bell pepper. Lotus root, chicken, eggplant, various types of shrooms, rice thread noodle, bonito flakes, vinegar, salt, sugar, diced fresh ginger, basil, lime leaf, Japanese curry nabe mix, corn starch.

Martin goes to Asia on this New Year’s Day soup. I love the use of bonito flakes.

“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.” Buddhist proverb

Chiyonofuji’s Ham Noodle Soup


Mirepoix: yellow red and white onion, carrot, yellow bell pepper. Ham, kale, pancit (Filipino noodles), chanko nabe soy soup base, tamari, garlic, instant miso soup mix.

Martin was busy this Christmas morn, so I made two hammy soups.

Chiyonofuji was a grand champion sumo wrestler who, in addition to winning countless tournaments, served as the cook for his stable of wrestlers. Often he’d make chanko nabe, this crazy medly that sumo wrestlers are keen to eat, due to the heavy protein content. Although mine isn’t nabe, it’s got a good nabe base. 美味い!

Image result for chiyonofuji

Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower Soup


Onion, celery, chicken, roasted cauliflower, yam, chanterelle mushroom, potato, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cumin, butter, garlic.

Michele’s excellent mélange made on Christmas Eve morning, 2019. Yum.

“A first-rate chicken soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow, slightly altered.

Sausage Nacho Soup


Mirepoix: white and yellow onion, red bell pepper, organic rainbow carrot. Pork sausage breakfast links, Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage, refried beans, red beans, roasted corn chips, roasted corn salsa, tomato, tomato paste, green onion, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, coffee.

“Laws are like sausage. It’s better not to see how they are made.” Otto von Bismarck

Pazole Chicken Squash Soup


Mirepoix: white and yellow onions, red bell pepper, organic rainbow carrot. Chicken, hominy, yellow squash, green onion, onion, fresh garlic, edible flower, basil, sugar, dark chili powder, sausage grease, tomato, tomato bouillon, worcestershire sauce, cumin, green Hatch salsa.

A lot of good flavors swimming in this offering by Martin. I like the addition of sausage grease–good stuff.

Steak and Potato Soup


Mirepoix: red yellow and white onion, carrot, celery, red bell pepper. Tri-tip, potato, shroom, flour, tomato bouillon, tomato paste, garlic, beef bouillon, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, mashed potato mix.

The mashed potato mix really thickened this up.

“My friend said to me, ‘You know what I like? Mashed potatoes.’ I was like, Dude, you have to give me time to guess. If you’re going to quiz me you have to insert a pause.” Mitch Hedberg

Coconut Beef Ramen Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, fresh garlic, celery, poblano pepper. Ground beef, flank steak, asparagus, coconut milk, coconut flakes, fish sauce, ramen noodle, ginger, curry powder, cinnamon.

Sort of an Asian feel.

“I expect more people from China and Asia to end up in the NBA.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Curried Ham with Roasted Turnip Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, bell pepper, carrot. Spiral ham slices, roasted turnips, dried cherry, cauliflower, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, cardamon, sugar, cinnamon, garlic, sambal oelek, black pepper, milk.

“I’ve got a lot of ham in me.” Lionel Barrymore

Gherkin Chicken Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, bell pepper, carrot. Chicken thighs, mushroom, asparagus, potato, okra, carrot, basil, rosemary, Bengal masala, curry sauce, gherkin mustard, manicotta, ricotta, milk, paprika, vinegar, sugar.

The gherkins were right up front in Martin’s concoction. Let’s say “tamed tartness”.

Madras Chicken Lentil Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, organic carrot, green bell pepper. Chicken, Tasty Bite Madras Lentil entree, asparagus, okra, lentils, truffle and artichoke spread, yellow bell pepper, stracciatella (mozzarella cheese with sweet cream), cumin, clove, cinnamon, garlic, red wine vinegar, curry powder, sambal oelek (Indonesian chili sauce).

Svenska Chicken Soppa


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, rainbow carrot. Chicken thigh, portabella mushroom, potato gnocchi, mashed potato mix, milk, tomato paste, tarragon, garlic, parsley, fresh chive.

I found a fun Swedish fish recipe that was chowdery but also had tomato paste in it too. Sounded fun, so I tried it with chicken. I pureed the mirepoix for a little thickness.

Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen.” “Better a bird in the hand than 10 in the forest”. Swedish proverb

Honey Mustard and Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, red bell pepper, celery. Chicken thigh, freshly grated ginger, corn, mini-elbow macaroni, milk, honey mustard, parsley.

“Any administration foolish enough to call ketchup a vegetable cannot be expected to cut the honey mustard.” John Glenn, misquoted.

Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower Soup


Onion, celery, carrot, chicken, roasted cauliflower, potato, cumin, chili pepper, black pepper, Italian seasoning.

Michele made great use of roasted cauliflower here. Delectable.

“I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday,” Henry IV

Cauliflower Beef Soup

Carrot, onion, flank steak, cauliflower, butt squash, corn, vinegar, sugar, fresh marjoram, fresh dill, worcestershire sauce, corn starch.

Martin’s Trifecta Part II

I drool just writing the ingredients. Nice job.

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Mark Twain

Cuban Ham Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, red pepper, carrot, garlic, celery. Ham, roasted butternut squash, potato, coconut flakes, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne pepper.

As you may have noticed, there’s been a lot of ham soups recently. That’s what happens when we are donated two giant slabs of it. Fun to see how each soup maker added their own twists.

“If we had some eggs, we could have eggs and ham. If we had some ham.” Groucho Marx

Greek Ham Shroom Noodle and Corn Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, red bell pepper, carrot, garlic. Ham, Greek yogurt, mushroom, potato, corn, whole wheat penne, apple, more onions, okra, more carrots, cumin, rice wine vinegar, fresh basil, chive.

Martin’ Hellenistic adventure. I love the use of okra.

We owe so much to Greek philosophy:

Mexi-Filipino Ham Noodle Soup


Standard mirepoix. Ham, pancit noodles, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, verde salsa, pico de gallo, garlic, cinnamon.

In previous posts I said I used fresh ramen, but today Lita, a volunteer from the Philippines, explained that they were pancit, filipino noodles. Most excellent to find this out.

“Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.” Douglas MacArthur

Hot and Sour Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken, corn, zucchini, egg noodle, poblano pepper, ginger, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, sambal oelek, fish sauce.

Fun mix of Asia and the Occident. Funny how that word isn’t used anymore. Languages change. The Ukraine is now Ukraine, while Gambia is now The Gambia.

“‘Meow’ means ‘woof’ in cat.” George Carlin

Mao’s Spicy Sausage and Greens Soup


Mirepoix: white, red and yellow onion, red bell pepper, celery. Roasted franks, mystery greens, chopped pistachio, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, sambal oelek, ghee, sesame oil.

Wonderful contrast of acid and heat.

Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” Mao Zedong. Sounds like how I make soup.

Peanut Chicken and Rice Soup


Onion, celery, carrot, corn, peas, roasted chicken, cumin, pepper, Italian seasoning, brown rice, chili pepper

Michele very smartly used frozen peas and not those nasty grey limp insipid canned peas. Shudder.

Peas baffled me. I could not understand why grown-ups would take things that tasted so good raw, and then put them in tins, and make them revolting.” Neil Gaiman

Gambian Peanut Turkey Soup


Standard mirepoix plus fennel. Ground turkey, cauliflower, trumpet royale mushroom, peanut butter, chopped pistachio, cumin, garlic, coriander, red pepper flakes

Had never heard of trumpet royale mushrooms, so in they went. Fun ingredient.

“If you got a trumpet, get on your feet, brother, and blow it!” Nick Cave

Oyster Turkey Noodle Soup


Standard mirepoix plus fennel. Ground Turkey, trumpet royale mushroom, maitake frondosa mushroom, crimini mushroom, rice noodle, oyster sauce, teriyaki sauce, ginger, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, lime juice

“I live absolutely like an oyster.” Gustave Flaubert. I guess he’s making pearls.

Beef Mushroom with Roasted Vegetable Soup


Mirepoix: yellow and red onion, celery, rainbow carrot, green bell pepper. NY steak, crimini shroom, butternut squash, beet horseradish, paprika, potato starch

Martin often finds a fun key ingredient. Today it was beets marinated in horseradish. Added a unique twist.

Breathe properly, stay curious, and always eat your beets“. Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Japanese Beef Kale Soup


Mirepoix: yellow and red onion, rainbow carrot, green bell pepper. Sirloin, tri-tip, New York steak, kale, shiitake shroom, togarashi (red pepper, sesame seed, paprika, coriander, seaweed, orange and lemon granules), soy sauce

Togarashi is good fun, also known as “shichimi” or seven flavors.


Syrian Sausage Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, rainbow carrot, celery, orange bell pepper. Chicken and apple sausage, angus beef sausage, roasted portobello shroom, oyster shroom, cranberry, chopped walnut, black eyed pea, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, tomato bouillon, humus, cumin, parsley, chive, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg

As Martin mentioned to me, this needed curds and turkey. Haw haw.

I love adding a bit of cinnamon to things. Such a fun unexpected flavor

Turkey Rice with Roasted Vegetables


Onions, carrot, celery, beet, parsnip, potato, ground turkey, Italian seasoning, sherry, cumin, garlic butter, thyme

Another killer from Michele.

Who was this blundering idiot who said, ‘fine words butter no parsnip?’ Half the parsnips of society are served and rendered palatable with no other sauce.” William Makepeace Thackery

Mexi Potato Pâté Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, carrot, celery. Pork pistachio pâté, potato, green bell pepper, chopped pistachio, pineapple, salsa, chevre, garlic, oregano, coriander, worcestershire sauce.

You beat your pate and fancy wit will come. Knock as you please, there’s nobody at home.” Alexander Pope. I suppose he wasn’t speaking of pâté, but it’s fun to think he was.

Chinese Turkey Chili


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery. Ground turkey, sauteed crimini shrooms, straw shrooms, broccoli, black beans, tomato, hoisin sauce, garlic, turmeric, ginger, Thai basil, sugar, fish sauce.

Not gonna say anything about those straw mushrooms.

The honorable and upright man keeps well away from both the slaughterhouse and the kitchen. And he allows no knives on his table.” Confucius

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


Sauteed onion and celery, butternut squash roasted with oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, turkey, apples, milk, butter, curry powder, balsamic vinegar.

A jewel of the autumn: butternut squash. Michele completely killed on this one.

Besides, they always smell of bread and butternut.” Lord Byron almost said this.

Artemis Chicken Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, carrot, celery. Grilled chicken breast, chicken pate, crimini mushroom, oyster mushroom, Swiss chard, roasted eggplant, zucchini, fresh mint, tomato bouillon, garlic, cumin, fresh basil, worcestershire sauce, feta cheese, green olive, tomato paste, pesto.

The Greek goddess of wilderness, wild animals, and hunting. Isn’t something wrong when the goddess of animals is also the goddess of hunting?

Image result for temple of artemis

Pozole Pork Vegetable Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, carrot, celery. Pork, hominy, mushroom, butternut squash, spring onion, tomato, salsa verde, more onion, paprika, oregano, red wine vinegar, fresh rosemary, cumin, corn starch.

Super chunky soup made by Martin. Available were these bags of salsa verde with pork bits, so in it went.

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow

Coconut Meat and Asparagus Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, yellow bell pepper. Stew meat, bacon, turkey bacon, asparagus, coconut flakes, Mike’s Organic Curry Love Massaman, coconut milk beverage, worcestershire sauce, garlic

This is one of the meals Maryann made, followed naturally by a desert of coconut cream pie.

Ottoman Chicken Soup with Asparagus


Mirepoix: yellow onion, rainbow carrot, celery. Chicken thighs, asparagus, artichoke heart, red bell pepper, worcestershire sauce, Greek yogurt, mint, paprika, cayenne pepper, raspberry jam.

Forget the Sick Man of Europe moniker. These flavors rock together.

“Dünyanın bir tarafında bir yerde, bir piyango çekiliyor, savaş yapılıyor ve hepimizin alınyazısı da böylece uzak­larda belirtiliyordu.” Ivo Andrić

I have no idea what the quote means, but that’s a pretty funky looking language!

Grosse Suppen


Mirepoix: yellow onion, rainbow carrot, celery. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni, sauerkraut, potato, apple, more onion, more carrot, paprika, dill, radish tops.

So tangy, a great mix made by Martin. Makes you think you’re in Central Europe.

General Lee took possession of Chambersburg on his way to Gettysburg. Among the first things he demanded for his army was five barrels of Saur-Kraut.” Editor, The Guardian

Chicken Bean Soup with Artichoke Hearts and Mozzarella


Mirepoix: yellow onion, parsnip, red bell pepper. Chicken thigh, zucchini, mozzarella cheese, black beans, artichoke hearts, tomato paste, oregano, plum sauce, worcestershire sauce, sugar, habanero sauce, tomatillo salsa, chile negro and hibiscus sauce.

Chuck, a regular at the food bank, spotted the habanero sauce. Had to use it–added a nice soft kick.

“We got married in a fever, hotter that a habanero.” Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber, performed with wrong words by Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Hot Dog Pazole


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, celery. Roasted hot dogs, hominy, spring onion, more celery, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, beef bouillon, cumin, oregano, chili powder, turmeric, coriander, horseradish.

Martin nailed this–it tasted exactly as it should.

“You can’t tell me the success of Kevin Bacon isn’t somehow tied to his name. You’re not going out to see a Kevin Hot Dog movie.” Jim Gaffigan

Peking Vegetable Rice Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, poblano pepper. Green beans, broccoli, red bell pepper, sesame ginger marinade, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, plum sauce, sesame oil.

Great combo. The plum sauce really set this off.

“What is more mortifying than to feel you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” Logan Pearsall Smith

Bacon Chowder with Peach and Mango


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery. Thick cut bacon, white shroom, red and white potato, milk, peach, mango, mashed potato mix, turmeric, ginger, garlic.

Whoo boy this was good fun–just a touch of sweetness from the fruit. Huzzah! Forth Eorlingas!

“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.”
T.S. Eliot

Tarragon Chicken and Hominy Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, red and green bell pepper. Chicken breast, hominy, white mushroom, tarragon, red wine vinegar, sambal oelek, garlic.

All bow to tarragon. What a great flavor, matches great with chicken.

“When you are at home, even if the chicken is a little burnt, what’s the big deal? Relax.” Jacques Pepin

Peanut Chicken with Portabella and Cranberry Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, celery, green bell pepper. Chicken thigh, portabella shrooms, zucchini, crunchy peanut butter, coconut milk, cranberries, fresh basil, parsley, lime juice, red pepper flakes.

If you don’t mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.” Barry Goldwater

Hickory Chicken Soup


Onion, carrot, celery, hickory smoked chicken, tomato, roasted green pepper, rice, oregano, pepper, Italian seasoning, coriander.

Bow down to Michele. Joyfully we welcome her into the victor’s fold. It’s harder to push her over the line than to pass the Dardanelles.

Ok, so maybe Michele isn’t a big football fan, but man this soup was awesome.

Cuban Chicken Lasagna Soup


Mirepoix: shallot, yellow onion, celery, carrot. Chicken thighs, zucchini, tomato, mango salsa, gouda cheese, gouda cheese with truffles, lasagna noodles, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, basil, fresh garlic, oregano.

A disaster of Biblical proportion, Old Testament, the old wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone, 40 years of darkness, human sacrifice, Cubans and Italians living in a soup. Mass hysteria.” Incorrectly paraphrased from Ghostbusters.

Turkey Vegetable Soup


Mirepoix: shallot, yellow onion, celery, carrot. Ground turkey, roasted brussels sprout, carrot, poblano chile, red bell pepper, Peter Pan squash, fresh garlic, baby arugula, chive, fresh basil, paprika, lime juice.

Had a vigorous vegetable flavor, enhanced by those Belgian sprouts roasted by Martin. Treacherously good.

Greek Chicken Soup


Mirepoix: shallot, yellow onion, celery, carrot, red bell pepper. Chicken thighs, feta cheese, roasted peppers, eggplant, green olives, fish sauce, tarragon, parsley flakes.

The feta really brought this off.

“Chicken soup – what a blessing…for the mind to dwell a world away from pain.”  Sophocles, Oedipus Rex. Sort of.

Citrus Chicken Soup


Onion, carrot, celery, fennel, chicken thighs, potato, Frontera Chicken Citrus Marinade, basil, cumin, orange juice.

The orange juice made this a tart delight. Michele did great on this one…I mean, just look at it!

“The Golden Orange, the Orange of Discord, was thrown by Eris the Goddess of Strife into the wedding feast, thus prompting the eventual ruin of Troy.” Anonymous, quoted incorrectly.

Bottom of the Box Shroom Soup


Standard mirepoix. Portobello mushroom, crimini mushroom, kale, kumamoto tomato, bacon, canned salmon, sweet mozzarella cream cheese, paprika, garlic, ginger, chive, fresh basil.

Martin crammed so many mushrooms in this that it practically exploded. A really great flavor.

“I’m just some lunatic macaroni mushroom, is that it?” Joe Pesci

Chipotle Pineapple Chicken Ramen


Standard mirepoix. Chicken, roasted red pepper, zucchini, garlic, Frontera chipotle pineapple marinade, fresh ramen, pineapple.

Mirepoix sweated in ghee.

We’re so used to dry ramen, you know, the staple of every drunk dorm dweller. Having it fresh was totally cool.

Had a fun little cross-border vibe.

Hell, when I was growing up, I could make a meal out of a package of Top Ramen and a bottle of Windex.” Coolio

Avgolemono (Greek Chicken Rice Soup)


Standard mirepoix. Prepared breaded chicken breasts, egg yolks, calrose rice, fish sauce, dill, lime juice.

Ok ok, there was no lemon, but cut me some slack–lime works as well, doesn’t it?

Four dozen egg yolks went into this hellenistic brew.

“Leave me to my own absurdity”. Sophocles in “Antigone”

Montezuma’s Fish Taco Soup


Standard mirepoix. Cod, green and yellow zucchini, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl bean dip platter, red and orange bell peppers, yogurt, jalapeno relish, Juanita’s Fiesta Bag of corn chips, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic.

Eeek ugly picture. Oh well, at least it tasted good!

And remember, if there’s ever a taco emergency, call 9 Juan Juan.

Beefy Bean and Pepper Soup


Standard mirepoix. Beef, red black and great northern beans, Anaheim pepper, bell pepper, spring onion, sugar, paprika, lemon juice, mint, basil, chive, lime leaf, corn starch.

Martin knocked this one out of the park. A lush potpourri of tastes. Me like.

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup.” H.L. Mencken

Thai Fish Chowder


Mirepoix: red onion, carrot. Cod, potato, zucchini, cottage cheese, fish sauce, worcestershire sauce, garlic, curry paste, Thai basil, dried basil, coconut milk, lemon thyme, lemon juice, sugar.

Maybe should have put some flour in to thicken, but I’m hoping that when it’s reheated tomorrow the potatoes will break down. That would be nice.

Translation: Catch a fish with two hands.
Meaning: You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Bacon and Chorizo Mac and Cheese Soup with Pureed Pork Pâté


Onion, celery, bacon, chorizo, pork pâté, green olive, elbow macaroni, cheese powder, mozzarella cheese, whipping cream, flour.

Pureed the pâté with the onion and celery– a super meaty base. Turned out pretty good. Maybe should have added some tabasco.

“Fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults.” Mitch Hedberg.

Golconda Beef Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, green bell pepper, celery. Top round steak, strip steak, potato, cauliflower, worcestershire sauce, sour cream, flour, ginger-turmeric milk, curry powder, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, garlic.

Now I think of it, should have added lentils thus making it dal. Oh well.

My best India v Pakistan moment is from our first match in the ICC World 2007, which was a tie.” Virender Sehwag

Sweet and Sour Weisswurst Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, celery, chive, sesame oil. Weisswurst, chard, poblano pepper, sweet and sour sauce, fish sauce, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar.

Michele is still in Bali, so I made two soups today, both cultural cross-oddities. This has the sturm und drang of German sausage, plus the flavorings of China. A Sino-German wedding. Tang Valkyries sang for it.

Japanese Beef Potato Soup (almost Nikujaga)


Mirepoix: yellow onion, green and red bell pepper, carrot (sweated in ghee). Tenderloin, ribeye, potato, garlic scape, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, rice vinegar.

Nikujaga is a great, down-home simple dish of meat and potatoes, something I enjoyed often in Tokyo. This is my homage.

Potato Fish Meshuganah Soup


Onion sweated in ghee, gefilte fish, potato, matzo, garlic scape, egg, black pepper, paprika, lemon juice, sugar.

Gather round ye Israelites and gentiles, Martin has made another another scrumpy soup. Although as he notes, gefilte fish was enjoyed through the Balkans and central Europe as a soup of celebration.

The fish cakes and potatoes melted into the broth just like the face of that Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Roast Corn and Potato Potage


Onion, roasted corn, potato, cream, cream cheese, prepared mashed potatoes, coconut milk, rosemary, dill, garlic, butter, potato starch.

I first encountered potage in Tokyo, where it’s quite popular. Seemed a nice simple corn soup that I could jazz up a bit.

“I’m old enough to chew my peas and corn without choking.” Taj Mahal

Ham Lettuce with Rice Soup


Onion, lettuce, uncured ham, fish sauce, black rice, calrose rice, balsamic vinegar, tarragon, garlic, black pepper.

The thought of lettuce in a soup used to revolt me. But ahh, those French, they made it a classic soup. So I had to try it. 50 million Frenchmen can’t be wrong.

Pureed the lettuce with the onion.

Maltese Halibut Stew


Standard mirepoix. Halibut, tomato, green bell pepper, yellow squash, black olive, garlic scape, worcestershire sauce, honey, sugar, balsamic vinegar, basil, parsley, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove

Halibut, the Lexus of fish–luxurious yet costly. Just one of the jewels that our donors sometimes send us.

Sausage Cream Potato Chowder


Standard mirepoix. Hot dog, ham, potato, extra onion, cheddar cheese, garlic scape, basil, beef bouillon, milk, black pepper, flour.

“Is it a good hot dog? That’s all I want to know. I don’t think the personal health and purity of my colon is that important compared to pleasure.” Anthony Bourdain

Ghanian Peanut Beef Soup


Mirepoix: red onion, celery, carrot, fresh parsley. Flank steak, top round steak, roasted yellow squash, butternut squash, red green and orange bell peppers, peanut butter, cauliflower, chopped almonds, chives, worcestershire sauce, clove, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, garlic, honey

“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to a man.”  Maya Angelou

Shrimp and Fish Chowder


Carrot, onion, celery, shrimp, cod, potato, tomato, corn, rice, chives, Italian seasoning, coriander, butter.

Michele was working on a pretty good cod chowder when out of the blue Chuck, another worker here, brought her a bag of shrimp. Rejoice in the kismet.

“O cold! O shivery! It was your ambrosial beauty. Forget, forgive. Kismet. Let me off this once.” James Joyce

Carbonara with Asparagus Soup


Mirepoix: yellow and red onions, organic rainbow carrot, green bell pepper. Ham, asparagus, egg, milk, romano cheese, asiago cheese, garlic, lots of black pepper, cinnamon, fish sauce.

Thinner than I meant–needed another dozen egg yolks. Lesson learned, but it did taste a bit carbonaraish. Will try some other egg soups in the future.

And pay no attention to the that man behind the curtain, nor the shadow on the soup.

Vegie Fish with Basil and Lime Soup


Mirepoix: yellow and red onions, organic rainbow carrot, green bell pepper. Roasted eggplant, roasted cauliflower, cod, garlic poblano peppers, more carrot and onion, fish sauce, sugar, basil, lime zest and juice, soy sauce, paprika.

An opus from Martin. Almost an Asian feel to it.

“If God ever wanted to be a fish, he’d be a cod”. Or a whale, I get confused.

Made 7/3/19

Meat Burrito Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, rainbow carrot, green bell pepper. Mushroom, refried beans, black beans, red onion, salsa, tomato, bacon, sliced ham, fish sauce, wheat tortilla pieces, garlic, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder.

Pureed a bunch of mushrooms with the mirepoix, just to add more umami.

Men's 'Burrito' Funny Parody T-Shirt

I own this shirt. Although I don’t look as dapper as he.

Cod Chowder with Asparagus and Roasted Cauliflower


Mirepoix: yellow onion, carrot, garlic scape. Cod (and lots of it), roasted cauliflower, asparagus, potato, milk, potato starch, ginger, garlic, dill, red pepper flakes.

Hooboy I love chowder. This one turned out well, although some coconut milk would have been fun to add.

” The sea was angry that day, my friends – like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli”. George Costanza

Mediterranean Barley Soup


Mirepoix: yellow onion, garlic scape, carrot. Tomato, roasted red bell pepper, tzaziki dip, spinach dip, Tuscan white bean puree, barley, fennel salami, bacon, Anaheim pepper, radish, extra garlic scape, paprika, worcestershire sauce, garlic, sugar.

Martin made this tantalizing concoction. As usual, we use what’s available, even if a bit unusual, hence the dips. Worked out perfectly.

” I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness”. Queen Latifah

Made 6/26/19

Nutty Barley Soup


Chicken stock, barley, chopped almonds, peanut butter, kale, carrot, roasted red bell pepper, fish sauce, roasted chicken demi-glace, cayenne pepper, paprika, Tuscan white bean puree spread.

At times the boss man needs a super quick and easy soup when customer flow is heavy (sometimes it’s as simple as broth and canned chicken). So as my second soup of the day, I splashed this one out.

Basically throw ingredients into a pot and heat. But I just had to have some fun with it, hence the nuts.

“The Germans have sent some people forward to take our surrender.”  Brig. Gen. McAuliffe replied, “nuts”.