Monthly Archives: December 2012

Gingerly Carrot Soup

This soup can be enjoyed warm or cold, depending on the time of the year. The flavors mingle the longer they hang out together, so cook it well ahead of time if possible. Feel free to adjust the amount of ginger for a milder or stronger flavor. Cancer-fighting miso helps strengthen the good bacteria in […]

Creole Eggplant Soup

From an old Creole recipe, this offbeat eggplant soup was a  favorite discovery on a trip to New Orleans many years ago. It makes a wonderfully warming soup for winter or early spring. It’s believed that the soup originated locally due to the abundance of the eggplant crop in the region.

Scalloped Cauliflower

Scalloping vegetables involves baking them with a light sauce and topping with bread crumbs that get all crispy and yummy. This is a simple, old-fashioned way to serve cauliflower. It’s a way to serve this tasty veggie as comfort food.

Mushrooms and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

This simple, light tortilla preparation is good served with a hearty grain pilaf or a bean dish. It makes a nice accompaniment to a well-seasoned chili.

Back to Nature Vegetable Soup

I love big flavors — lemon, saffron, chili, wine. But my trip to Paris reminded how full of flavors vegetables are all by themselves — naturally. This comforting soup lets the vegetables do the talking and is perfect for that in-betweeny time when the calendar says spring but the thermometer still says winter.  

White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté

Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photo by Gail Calvert Rollins.

Spinach and Cucumber Spread or Dip

One of my old favorites, this tasty spinach spread, with hints of dill and crisp cucumber, never loses its charm. Serve with fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, crispbreads, or raw veggies. This is compatible with carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and celery.

Spiced Cranberry Nog

A knock-your-socks-off festive holiday beverage, this unique take-off on eggnog lights up with a tangy edge and an inviting powder puff pink color thanks to the season’s bountiful cranberry harvest. The nog is quickly assembled in the blender, but you may want to plan ahead for multiple batches when serving a crowd. Recipe and photo contributed […]