Pork Tomatillo Soup

11. January 2010 Pork, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
As much as I would like to take credit for this very satisfying soup, I’m unable to because I recreated it from memory after the Dr. made it this winter. I remember walking in his apartment and saying that his place smelled like Taco Mix, the taco stand in his neighborhood. Apparently, it was the ...

Ham Hock and Apple Soup

12. October 2009 Pork, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
Who ever said pork and apples make a good combination? Maybe it’s because the tartiness of the fruit cuts through the pork’s fat and the sweetness of a good piece of pork complements the apples. I’ve used the pairing several times before but nothing beats this soup from April Bloomfield, chef of the Spotted Pig. ...

Asian-Style Duck Soup

31. August 2009 Duck + Game, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 4
The waiter looked at me funny when I asked for the duck carcass at Peking Duck House during dinner last week. I think he was surprised only because I wasn’t one of his regular customers asking for it. I’m sure they use the duck excess to make other dishes, but the way I see it, ...

Mark Bittman’s Pea Dip

11. August 2009 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 1
Mark Bittman’s pea dip recipe was such a big hit with our friends, I’m posting our revised version up. This is smoother and less chunkier which made it just right on top of grilled slices of bread and as a side to a perfectly cooked leg of lamb. Ingredients: 1 box of frozen peas 1 ...

Cabbage Soup with White Beans and Sausage

21. June 2009 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 2
I’ve only seen two episodes of Top Chef Masters on Bravo but I’m already hooked. It’s obvious that the participants are real chefs because they all get along and act professionally under pressure. Their demeanors separate them from the whiney amateurs of Top Chef. During the first episode, chef Michael Schlow sweated his way through ...