Tonkotsu Broth


Ssso, what to do with a large pork shoulder bone? Hmmm? Tonkotsu ramen broth! (Any excuse for ramen, right?) This stock is slightly different than most other bone broth recipes, as it needs to remain at a pretty steady hard boil for a lengthy amount of time, rather than a slow simmer. Other than that,…

Alphabet Soup


The temperature dropped last night back down to 37 degrees, and this morning I woke up to a sunshiny day wrapped up in a chilly breeze. With this onset of cooler weather, and since I have an array of “ugly” veggies in the fridge, (thank you Misfit Market!) a big bowl of vegetable soup for…

Minestrone


Ingredients 6 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup garbanzo beans 1/2 cup red kidney beans 1 cup zucchini, chopped 1 15oz can crushed tomatoes 2 cups collard greens, chiffonade (or use greens of choice) 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup carrots, chopped 1 cup ditalini pasta, or small pasta of choice 1 tbsp dried…

Leftover Makeover Chicken Curry and Rice Soup


Ingredients 1 cup leftover roast chicken breast, drums, or thighs 1/2-1 cup leftover rice 4 cups chicken stock 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 cup frozen vegetables of choice 1 tsp Thai Red Curry paste 1/2 cup Thai Basil, rough chopped 1 tbsp fresh lemongrass, sliced 2″ inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and…

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…