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22
Dec

HAM HOCK AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

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“HATES CALIFORNIA, IT’S COLD AND IT’S DAMP…” WHEN IT DOES GET COLD HERE OR ANYWHERE, NOTHING SATISFIES LIKE SOUP. THE FLAVOR IN THIS WHITE BEAN SOUP COMES FROM THE SMOKED HAM HOCK AND THE PARMESAN RINDS, WHICH I HORDE FOR JUST THESE OCCASIONS. YOU CAN SIMMER THE SOUP ON A LOW FLAME, BUT SIMMERING IT […]

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13
Aug

BORSHT

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I’M ACTING IN A PLAY WHICH OPENS THIS WEEK AT THE MATRIX THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES CALLED “JEWS, CHRISTIANS AND SCREWING STALIN” IN WHICH BORSHT PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE FAMILY HISTORY (BUBBY’S UNCLE WAS A BORSHT TASTER IN THE TSAR’S ARMY.) SO IT IS ONLY FITTING THAT I POST THIS RECIPE. BORSHT IS […]

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21
Dec

PARMESAN BROTH

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I USE A LOT OF PARMESAN CHEESE IN MY COOKING.  IN SALADS, PASTAS, RISOTTO, AND GRATED OVER SOUP.  I ALWAYS BUY HIGH QUALITY IMPORTED PARMESAN, PREFERABLY RED COW IF I CAN FIND IT.  I GRATE IT OR SHAVE IT FRESH FOR EACH RECIPE. 

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Categories : BASICS,MEAL OF THE WEEK,PASTA AND RICE,RECENT RECIPES,SOUP
17
Jun

BRODETTO

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THIS RECIPE, WHICH I ADAPTED FROM COLEMAN ANDREWS HANDSOME TOME, “THE COUNTRY COOKING OF ITALY”, IS A FISH STEW FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE FISH STEW.  FOR EXAMPLE, MY WIFE.  THIS IS BECAUSE THE BASE IS MADE WITH WHITE WINE, NOT FISH STOCK. 

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Categories : FISH,MEAL OF THE WEEK,RECENT RECIPES,SOUP
24
Oct

MINESTRONE

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MINESTRONE IN ITALIAN TRANSLATES AS “BIG SOUP”.  YOU CAN PUT ANYTHING IN IT YOU LIKE, BUT IT’S PRIMARILY A VEGETABLE SOUP, SO WHICH VEGETABLES YOU ADD WILL DEPEND ON THE SEASON.  CALIFORNIA, OF COURSE, IS BLESSED WITH A LONG GROWING SEASON.  (WE’RE STILL GETTING GREAT TOMATOES IN THE FARMER’S MARKETS.) 

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22
Sep

GAZPACHO WITH BASIL PESTO

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THERE ARE A MYRIAD OF RECIPES FOR GAZPACHO.  SOME USE BREAD AS A THICKENER; OTHERS, ALMONDS. 

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02
Aug

LEEK AND POTATO SOUP (VICHYSSOISE)

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LEEK AND POTATO  IS THE MOST VERSATILE OF SOUPS.  HOT, IT’S SOOTHING AND FILLING ON A COLD DAY; COLD, IT COOLS AND REFRESHES. 

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11
Feb

CHICKEN SOUP

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WHEN MIMI SHERATON SAYS THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES CHICKEN SOUP, SHE KNOWS WHEREOF SHE SPEAKS, AND, IN FACT, MS. SHERATON HAS WRITTEN A COOKBOOK DEVOTED TO THAT ONE DISH. PRACTICALLY EVERY CUISINE INCLUDES CHICKEN SOUP. MY FAVORITE IN L.A. CAN BE FOUND AT THE SAMANLUANG NOODLE COMPANY (KINGSLEY AND HOLLYWOOD BLVD). MY PARTICULAR VERSION COULDN’T […]

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Categories : POULTRY,SOUP
23
Jul

TWO TOMATO SOUPS

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THE RED PEPPER AND TOMATO SOUP IS GIVEN A HOT KICK WITH FRESH SERRANO CHILI.  THE RECIPE CALLS FOR CANNED TOMATOES, BUT I WOULD NEVER DISCOURAGE YOU FROM SUBSTITUTING FRESH TOMATOES. TOMATO TOMATO IS SO NAMED BECAUSE IT IS PURE TOMATO — NO ADDED LIQUID OR STOCK.  WHEN TOMATOES ARE IN SEASON, I BUY A […]

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