Sunday, October 24, 2021

Six Tasty & Satisfying Pasta e Fagiolis for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

Since I am still waiting for my soup mojo to come back, this week I am rounding up 6 favorite Pasta e Fagioli recipes from the blog. 

Giada offers up a tasty and flavorful classic Pasta e Fagioli


I added a topping of kale pesto and capers to Mark Bittman's satisfying classic Pasta e Fagioli


Traditional Pasta e Fagioli is always great but if you want a variation and love smoky paprika, try Mark Bittman's Spanish-Style Pasta e Fagioli. 


Ina's "16 Bean" Pasta E Fagioli was another favorite, lots of flavor and great texture. 


One yummy variation from my own recipe, Herby Bean & Pasta Soup (Pasta e Fagioli) with Spinach.


Finally, this Pasta E Cici (Pasta with Chickpeas) from Vegetarian Times is a close cousin to Pasta e Fagioli and equally delicious.


Just follow the links to the posts and recipes, you can't go wrong with any of these soups!

Now let's take a look into the Souper Sundays kitchen: 

Judee of Gluten Free A- Z Blog is here with this healthy soup saying "Baby Brussels Sprouts Soup is delicious and can be prepped and cooked rather quickly- in just 12 minutes. ... This soup is perfect for the busy cook who likes healthy recipes. It took only 5-7 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to cook, yet it tasted warm, delicious, and comforting. It's a nice nutritious fall soup to add to your repertoire."



Thank you Judee for joining me this week! 

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
  • Although we are pretty wide on what defines a soup, sandwich or salad, entries that are clearly not in the same family (ie: desserts, meats, random main or side dishes that aren't salads, etc.) are meant for another round up and will be deleted. 
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Six Seafood Chowders for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

It's one of my favorite soups, there are not Clam Chowder recipes on my blog. I'm not sure why as there are fish, seafood and shrimp chowders on here. I had a takeout Hawaiian Clam Chowder this weekend from a local restaurant that was made with ulu (breadfruit) clams, and smoked meat and was served with grilled sourdough. it was delicious and had me thinking about seafood chowders. 


Here are a half-dozen recipes for some fish and seafood chowders from my kitchen. 

I made this Cod and Potato Chowder to pair with a book review and it is smooth. rich, slightly smoky and full of good flavor. 


Another bookish pairing was this Creamy Shrimp and Corn Chowder made smoky with Old Bay Seasoning and smoked paprika.


You can't beat chowder in a bread bowl and this Farmers' Market Smoked Fish, Corn and Vegetable Chowder:  is full of veggies and satisfying without being heavy.


Jacques Pépin's Seafood Chowder from More Fast Food My Way is quick, easy and tasty.


My Smoked Salmon, Vegetable, and Barley Chowder is a great combination of flavor and texture with the chewy barley. 


This Cajun Shrimp Chowder had great flavor. 


I will rectify my lack of clam chowder recipes on this blog sometime soon. Now let's take a look into the Souper Sundays kitchen: 

Radha of The Magical Ingredients for a Wholesome Life From the Heart of my Home shares a Vietnamese Pho saying, "This is a delicious, vegan version of the most popular noodle soup bowl in the world. Vietnamese Pho bowl is a comforting bowl and uses beef. This version of mine uses tofu as beef substitute. This simple and comforting bowl with toppings can satisfy any craving for flavorful food - the secret is the broth."



Tina of Squirrel Head Manor shares both a salad and sandwich from here kitchen, saying, "Now that we are home and have been able to cook some healthy meals we have been enjoying vegetables and homemade fare. Restaurant food for several days got to us. Here is a simple salad of  lettuce, beefsteak tomato, fresh Parmesan cheese, cucumbers, scallions and red onion."


Tina also shared a sandwich saying, "The weather is holding onto summer instead of moving into Autum so we have been able to eat outside on the porch quite a bit.  This BLT on toasted potato bread made a semi-healthy lunch a few days ago."


Thank you Radha and Tina for joining me this week! 

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
  • Although we are pretty wide on what defines a soup, sandwich or salad, entries that are clearly not in the same family (ie: desserts, meats, random main or side dishes that aren't salads, etc.) are meant for another round up and will be deleted. 
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

It's Almost Hungarian Mushroom Soup Time: Five Recipes for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

No new soup again this week. A new asthma maintenance inhaler I just started gave me a killer 2-day headache and cooking and soup making was not feeling like it would be a pleasure. But we do have a soup roundup, Hungarian Mushroom Soup recipes to be exact. It's a favorite and I saw someone post it on TickTock the other day and it sparked a craving. We are still about a month off of it being cool enough here for the true pleasure of this soup, but I can prepare by revisiting these five versions of it from my soup post archives.    

I have to start with my favorite Hungarian Mushroom Soup, a classic, from a favorite Portland, OR restaurant called Old Wive's Tales. It is the best and I was excited years ago to find a giant recipe on Food Network from the restaurant itself that I cut down. 



but I first posted it in 2008 (hence the bad picture).



The Old Wives Tale recipe was apparently inspired by this one from The Moosewood Cookbook. It's a little more mushroomy than the above, but still delicious.  



Creamy Hungarian Mushroom & Potato Soup made slightly healthier from Eating Well Magazine. 



Want your Hungarian Mushroom Soup vegan? We have a recipe for that, inspired from The Moosewood Cookbook and adapted from The Vegan Slowcooker by Kathy Hester. 


All of these are delicious. I may seek out or make up my own recipe for this fall but you can't go wrong with any of these. 

Now let's take a look into the Souper Sundays kitchen: 


Radha of The Magical Ingredients for a Wholesome Life From the Heart of my Home is here with this Grain-Free Garbanzo Bean, Pasta and Paneer Soup saying, "This is an amazing curried soup with garbanzo beans pasta, paneer, and veggies. A light cream soup full of bursting flavors is all you need after a long day. This curry gives the satisfaction of a soup with flavors of channa masala and paneer masala. Though it can be served as such, pairs well with garlic bread. This is one-pot meal and gets ready in 30 minutes.
 


Tina of Squirrel Head Manor shares a delicious Salad Plate from her recent visit to Omaha, saying, "This salad......I just can't tell you how much I wanted salad and some veggies after a few days of eating restaurant food. You can't see all the wonderful (to me) ingredients I have stacked here but it's lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, cheese, beets (lots of beets) which are hidden under the pasta salad on the left. Broccoli, radish and peas. So. Good."



Judee of Gluten Free A - Z Blog shared vegan and oil-free Tomato-Potato Soup, saying, "This delicious tomato potato soup will keep you coming back for more. It's light, yet filling, and a perfect hearty recipe for fall and winter. Not only does it call for a generous amount of chopped tomatoes, but it also contains potatoes, carrots, onions, and sweet peppers which add a rich satisfying flavor to the soup. Maybe I should have named it tomato vegetable soup?"


Thank you Radha, Tina, and Judee for joining me this week! 

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
  • Although we are pretty wide on what defines a soup, sandwich or salad, entries that are clearly not in the same family (ie: desserts, meats, random main or side dishes that aren't salads, etc.) are meant for another round up and will be deleted. 
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

6 Restorative Miso Soups for Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays

It's becoming a habit to laze through Sundays versus make a new soup. I expect I will be out of my funk soon and back to regular soup making but until then, here are some favorite miso soups to keep you company.

I make miso soup frequently on weeknights--whatever leftover veggie I have available, sometimes just the broth when I feel in need or restoration. Sometimes things get a little fancier and here are soups that prove that

Mark Bittman's Simple Miso Soup with Tofu, Mushroom and Noodles is nourishing, satisfying and delicious: 


Heidi Swanson's Turmeric Miso Soup with Tofu and Chunky Vegetables is bright, tasty, and perfect for fall:





If you are wanting a tofu alternative, Nigel Slater's Miso Soup with Prawns and Green Tea Noodles fits the bill, and you could replace the shrimp with chicken too:


And Donna Hay's Udon Noodles with Tofu & Asparagus in Miso Broth is simple, mellow, and comforting. 


And finally, my own Simple Miso Soup with Chickpeas and Pasta is not at all traditional but quick and easy when you need a mock chicken soup:


You can't go wrong with any of these soups plus the many others that use miso on the blog!




Since miso soups are a great way to ease or jump into fall, I am linking up with I Heart Cooking Clubs and our Leaping Into Autumn theme this week. 




There's no one in the Souper Sundays kitchen this week. Others are feel soup lazy too. ;-) But consider joining in next week or whenever you have a new soup, salad or sandwich recipe to share.


The details for joining in are below:



(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.
 
If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:
  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up to Souper Sundays in order to be included in the weekly round-up.
  • Although we are pretty wide on what defines a soup, sandwich or salad, entries that are clearly not in the same family (ie: desserts, meats, random main or side dishes that aren't salads, etc.) are meant for another round up and will be deleted. 
and 

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and add a link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to this post or my blog on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (completely optional).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Have a happy, healthy week!
 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Easy Weeknight Comfort: Red Beans and Rice for Cook the Books August/September Pick: "Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe"

I am coming in right at the wire with my torso hanging over it for our August/September Cook the Books pick, Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber. I'd tell you what a insane couple of months it has been at work, and that is true but really, my procrastination is a glorious and monumental thing and it stands fine on its own without excuses. ;-) I actually finished the book last week, made my dish earlier in the week, and I still couldn't get my post up until now. And I'm the host of this round of our virtual foodie book club! Oh well...


I picked this book because I had received a copy in a book box a couple of years ago and I couldn't seem to get it off my TBR pile without some effort, but I am glad I did. It's a charming book and a perfect read when you want something sweet and familiar. 



From the Publisher:

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café. 

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about. 

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.

Call it a trope, but books where the main character moves back to a small town full of quirky residents and either finds or reinvents themselves, often through food, are my sweet spot. Toss in a bit of magical realism and you have pulled me in. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe drew me in from the start and I was quickly caught up with Anna Kate, the mysterious blackbirds, The Blackbird Cafe and the town of Wicklow, Alabama and its endearing citizens. Although there is nothing really new here, it gave me great comfort while reading during the aforementioned work struggles--sometimes you just need something to soothe. In fact, I gave my pretty copy of the book to a friend  who was looking for comfort reading and read it on my Kindle--she needed it more than I did! My only true complaint is that I wanted recipes for some of the delicious-sounding food mentioned--more on that below. Otherwise, I found it an endearing and easy read that made me smile and tear up a few times. I would read more from this author and would love more time in Wicklow with some of the supporting characters. 


So the food--obviously you have the pie, not just the famed Blackbird Pie (blackberry pie with a secret ingredient), but apple, blueberry, peach, cherry, rhubarb, and "endless combinations," an overabundance of zucchini and zucchini bread (and other breads) from the "bread brigade" and a plethora of zucchini dishes (muffins, frittatas, fries), biscuits, a special recipe for blackberry sweet tea, herbs and vegetables, crispy hash browns, pancakes, ham in red-eye gravy, eggs, sweet potato hash, blackberry cobbler, various herbal teas and infusions, tea sandwiches, sweet tea, honey, johnnycakes with brown-butter apples, fries, cucumbers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, corn, bacon, chicken-fried steak, pizza, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and grits, roast chicken, hot chocolate, potato salad, chocolate fudge cake, gin, white wine, steamed carrots, succotash, casseroles, popcorn, and probably a bunch of things that I didn't catch.

For my bookish dish I was going to go with something made from zucchini, the blackberry tea, or the johnnycakes with brown-butter apples, but ultimately it was the plate of red beans and rice that Natalie is trying to get Doc to eat and she reminds him that it's his favorite. Red beans and rice is the perfect easy comfort food which matches the mood of the book for me and it filled a craving. Mine are a weeknight version, not traditional and nothing fancy with beans from a can and a microwave brown rice rice mix from the pantry (mine was brown and red rice with chia seeds and kale) and takes little more than tossing the beans into a pot with onions, broth and spices and letting them cook down for 45 minutes or so--until they are soft and saucy. But, comfort it does deliver.


Easy Weeknight Comfort Red Beans and Rice
By Deb, Kahakai Kitchen
(Makes 2 Servings)

1 tbsp butter or olive oil
1 sweet onion sliced, or equivalent frozen sautéed glazed onions
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp Creole seasoning of choice (I use this one)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder, or to taste
1 (15 oz) can low-sodium kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup broth of choice (I used non-chicken broth)
salt and black pepper to taste

2 cups cooked rice of choice. (I used this one)

Heat butter or oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened and lightly browned (about 10 minutes) or use frozen glazed onions to reduce this time. Add garlic and spices and cook another 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the beans and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beans are softened and broth becomes dark and saucy. Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed or desired. (Note: some Creole spice mixes are already salted so taste before adding any.)

Place cooked rice on serving plate(s) and spoon beans on top. Enjoy!

Notes/Results: Easy, tasty and comforting, this makes a great dinner on a night where you aren't in a hurry, but don't want to fuss. Beans and rice are a fantastic pantry dinner--especially for those of us who don't eat a lot of meet and there are endless variations of beans and rice to make. I will happily make this again.


The deadline for this round is today (9/30/21), and I will be rounding up the entries for Cook the Books on the website in a day or two. If you missed this round and you like books and food and foodie books, join us for our October/November pick hosted by Claudia of Honey from RockCinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown.