Like almost everyone I know, I love ramen and eat it often. I find it even more irresistible when the weather is rainy and chilly. Then, just try to keep me away from a big bowl of noodles and throat-soothing, savory broth. I dare you. I fell in love with ramen in earnest while living in the East Village in New York City. As luck would have it, the wonderful, postage-stamp sized ramen spot Minca was just a few blocks away. People came from all over to wait outside, no matter the weather, for a chance to sidle up to their bar overlooking the tiny open kitchen or to squeeze into a table and hunch over a bowl of rich, slurpy, nuclear-hot heaven.
Soups & Stews
Salmon bisque has, perhaps oddly enough, figured frequently into my happy childhood memories of dining out on vacation with my family. I absolutely gorged myself on it when in Alaska–literally, much to our tour guide’s amusement I scraped the bottom of a cauldron full of salmon bisque after getting not just seconds, but thirds
Whenever I’m feeling a little under the weather, this is what I crave. It’s light and yet hearty, rich and yet not overwhelming, healthy and yet feels indulgent; it’s a gorgeous combination of flavors and textures that I can slurp by the bowlful. It’s a simple soup that makes a huge quantity to have on hand in the freezer and fridge, that requires only a few
Most of our mothers served us chicken noodle or chicken and rice soup when we weren’t feeling so hot as kids. Creamy, salty, soothing and fortifying, a hearty and yet light soup like this is guaranteed to make you feel better. And the good news is, you don’t have to pretend you’re too sick to go to school these days in order to find yourself gratefully slurping up a bowl.
It’s officially autumn, and it finally feels like it: the nip in the air, the toasty smell of changing leaves on the wind, the shorter days and chillier nights. This is the time of year when we’re blessed with abundant butternut squash. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this squash is blended into a smooth, naturally creamy soup. Hearty and surprisingly rich, a