cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup 6

cheddar, broccoli and cauliflower soup
In our Quest for Simpler Living (note the capitalized words for dramatic effect), one nice way we’ve found to make simpler/healthier/more creative meals is through interesting soups and stews. Unfortunately, this strategy often means leaving some of the creamier, cheesier members of the soup family by the wayside, which is kind of saddening to me...

sweet potato celeriac soup

sweet potato celeriac soup
There’s something about orange-colored soups that really does it for me. I’m not sure what it is, but many of the soups I find myself liking more and more have tended to be orange-ish, like the carrot-parsnip soup we’ve been making lately, or squash soups, or this sweet potato and celery root soup. My irrational...

carrot parsnip soup 10

carrot parsnip soup
Soups have been ranking higher and higher among my favorite foods this past year or so. I think it’s a sign I’m becoming a grownup, since I never used to “crave” a good soup like I do now (either that or I’m eating better soups). There’s just a great quality to them; soups are filling...

bangin’ steak chili 4

bangin' steak chili
I published this recipe awhile ago, but wanted to revive it with some better pictures and explanations than before. It’s one of our favorite recipes and I think it deserves the attention. Enjoy! This is a chili recipe based heavily on one from a cool micro-brewery where I used to be a waiter. The chili there...

simple roasted potato soup 4

simple roasted potato soup
One day we got to eat the awesomest potato soup we’d ever tasted. It was simple, and surprising, and not even creamy or ridiculous, and after that all we wanted to do was figure out how to make it at home (spoiler alert: we did and now I’m writing on the internet about it. There’s...

green turkey chili

green turkey chili
While this is an invention from our own kitchen, the concept of a green chili isn’t a new one by any means. Meat in a green sauce is a pretty common concept in authentic Mexican cuisine, an making every possible version of chili is the official pastime of large parts of the United States (mostly...

ham and bean soup

ham and bean soup
We’ve been trying not to eat things like ham lately. Weird start for ham and bean soup, I know… bear with me. The reason we’ve been trying to avoid uber-preserved meats like ham, bacon, deli meats, etc. is that we’re concerned about the nitrites and nitrates. It’s part of our effort to live simply; our...

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese 2

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of those combos that drift into our lives through mysterious tradition, and never leave. Like PB&J, pizza and ranch, chicken and waffles, and so many food teams that would make you pause if you thought too hard about them, grilled cheese and tomato soup just works, and who...