Soba Noodles in Ginger Lemongrass Broth with Mushrooms & Miso


Whenever there are unhappy tummies or a bout of cold viruses spreading through our house, noodle soups are my go-to cure-all remedy. In my opinion, there is nothing as healing as a warm bowl of broth spiked with fresh ginger, garlic, lemon, and herbs. Homemade broth is a familiar, comforting, deliciously medicinal mouthful of scrumptiousness…

Smoked Shank Pho


The 10lb bone-in pork shank I picked up from Herman’s Quality Meats and smoked for our Christmas dinner provided me with all kinds of leftover inspirations. I wasted as little of the shank as possible and even utilized the ham bone to make the amazing Pho style stock I used for this recipe. For the…

Caldo Verde


That delicious Zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden everyone raves about? Well please meet the healthier, tastier more authentic Caldo Verde version. This soup is a Portugal favorite and if you wanna really punch up the authenticity use Linguica in place of the ground pork in this recipe. Caldo Verde is also dairy free (unlike…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pepitas


For two seasons now, I’ve been trying my hand at edible landscaping. The path leading from my driveway to my front porch is a steady incline with several flower beds cascading between the walkway and my home. Our property was vacant for about a year before we moved in and the landscaping shows it. Plus…

Cheese Ravioli in Pork Belly Broth


I spent a whopping 30 minutes on this broth, which usually is the portion of the soup I can spend hours on but even I get tired of the kitchen on occasion. Please note that I grew up eating slow braised salt pork and hamhock so the soft texture of the boiled bacon is something…

Summer Corn and Tomato Chowder with Pearl Couscous


My wife LOVES corn on the cob. So as soon as this fancy grass starts popping up at our local Farmer’s Markets, we indulge in the sweet, juicy kernels all summer long. I always grill more than we can eat in one sitting and using up the leftovers is a fun challenge for me. With…

Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Posole


I fondly remember my dad outback in the yard behind our trailer house manning the oversized black smoker my uncle welded for him slowly adding hand chopped piece after piece of Pecan logs into the smoke box. Nothing smells better than the slow burning of Pecan or Hickory or Apple wood and nothing tastes better…

Hot & Sour Udon Soup


The spring days are getting longer and warmer, but it’s still quite crisp around the edges of the evening air. Loving soup the way I do, I will cling to a hot bowl of soup until the very last chill finally surrenders to the buzz and charm of hot summer nights. Then, I will switch…

Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Gazpacho


Garlic is a beautiful ingredient. It’s sad that so many people shy away from it. Garlic is especially delicious when it’s farm fresh and organic. Thanks to the efforts at Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill, I had a couple of super fresh, gorgeous bulbs of garlic on hand and decided to roast one of them…