Pork Pozole

15. January 2013 Pork, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
To the people of Mesoamerica, corn was a very sacred plant and this pre-Columbian Mexican soup was only consumed during special occasions. Ancient Mexicans believed that the combination of corn and meat was a religious communion of their sacred plant and humans: prisoners were killed in religious sacrifices and served as meat for the whole ...

Ajiaco Bogotano, Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup

06. November 2012 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 2
When I traveled to Colombia a few years ago, I learned that it was soup country. Everywhere we ate, there was always ajiaco or sancocho on the menu, the two soups that easily became my favorites. When I first made my own version of ajiaco, I mistakenly added plantains because I remembered liking them from ...

Beef Shank Noodle Soup

17. July 2012 Beef, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 1
When was the last time you put food in your mouth and thought, Wow, that’s exactly what I wanted to eat tonight? I felt that way with this soup. New York City has been having really humid summers that remind me of the intense sun I experienced in Laos last August. While there, I couldn’t ...

Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry Soup

06. December 2010 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 1
My mother handed me a butternut squash the last time I visited my parents’ apartment. I don’t usually get hand-me-down vegetables from people, but I was grateful for this one and immediately thought of butternut squash soup for dinner. Before cooking though, I opened my freezer to, er, re-arrange the vodka bottles in there and ...