Sure Thing Minestrone

After the great American cookoff holiday this week and the last couple of new, more labor-intensive recipes, I thought I’d keep things uncomplicated and go back to one of my favorite easy one-pot staples, a crowd-pleasing soup that cooks who’ve been around the block a few times may take for granted but that really does…

(The) Fall (of Man) French Vegetable Soup

I made this dish for my staunchly religious carnivore dad while visiting him last week, and (to use a direct quote) he “never thought vegan food could taste this good.” It was high praise indeed, seeing as my diet has, at times, seemed as iniquitous to him as my post-churchgoing lifestyle. Thick with butternut squash,…

On the Verge Gazpacho

Since the heat here hasn’t abated, I thought I’d apply the ice with a recipe yoinked from the restaurant where I first learned how to cook as a college student – a long-defunct cafĂ©, owned and operated by a Greek family, that offered light Mediterranean-inspired fare as well as traditional classics like gyros and spanakopita….