Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Bean Soup)

Italian cuisine or an American staple? Although I have visited Italy multiple times, I had never been to the most southern part of the country and (probably) therefore hadn’t heard about Pasta e Fagioli until…I came to the U.S.! Here on the East Coast, every corner deli serves their own version of this hearty Southern Italian…

Moroccan Harira Soup

Harira is a Moroccan soup made with dried legumes and plenty of cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon, traditionally cooked with lamb or beef. Although it is typically eaten to break the fast during Ramadan, it is served throughout the rest of the year as well. The soup tastes best the next day after all the flavors had…

Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is all too often considered a characterless, white vegetable. This recipe proves the opposite.

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

This classic beef stew is the ideal cooking project for a chilly day like today. Beef, onion, carrots, potatoes and red wine come together in beautiful harmony. If you are feeding a crowd, good news: It doubles (or triples) easily.

Zurek (Polish Easter Soup) Part 2

The sour flour for my Polish Easter Soup is now ready. Here you can read again how I did it. After the fermentation process was finished, I let the liquid pass through a sieve and stored it in the refrigerator in a jar. Now, I’m going on with the cooking of my Polish Easter Soup. I wish you all…

Zurek (Polish Easter Soup) Part 1

Easter is around the corner and it is time that I begin with the preparation of zurek. For centuries, zurek was a poor people ‘s meal in Upper Silesia (today’s Poland). Today, it belongs to the classic Polish cuisine and is often served for Easter. Perhaps that is why this soup is known in the…

Hearty Polish Cassoulet (Fasolka po Bretonsku)

Fasolka po Bretońsku means beans in Bretonian style and is a traditional dish of Polish cuisine. Whether this Cassoulet actually came from Brittany to Poland, can no longer be traced, but it certainly originated in France. As with many traditional dishes, the Cassoulet also has many variations. Mine is refined with white wine. However, one…

Orange, Thyme, and Pumpkin Soup

This velvety – smooth and creamy pumpkin soup will impress you with its bright golden color and fresh pumpkin flavor, infused with fresh orange juice and thyme.  

Tortilla soup (Sopa de Tortilla)

Here is part two of my culinary journey through Arizona.   The Cuisine of the Southwest of the United States – which includes New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and California – comprises a fusion of Spanish, Mexican and Native American recipes. However, there are great differences throughout the Soutwestern States. Arizona’s style of the Southwestern Cuisine is…