Lettuce & Basil Soup (GF)

July 22, 2014
IMG_5601I SERVED THIS GARDEN-FRESH SOUP for the first-course at a small dinner party last Saturday. The soup was a big hit. I know it was a big hit, because my partner Will and our guests Robert and David all asked for seconds. And then they asked for thirds. Read more »

Leek & Potato Soup (GF)

February 15, 2014
IMG_8995WBSNOW, SNOW, AND MORE SNOW: Yesterday, winter storm "Pax" dumped two feet of white on my Hudson Valley region. Thus I'm officially house-bound. To warm my body, I've lit a fire in the parlor fireplace. And to soothe my soul, I've prepared a pot of Leek and Potato Soup. Read more »

Kevin’s Caramelized Butternut Squash Soup

November 22, 2013
IMG_6036I LOVE THIS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP. It's a blissful brew of caramelized squash, smokey bacon, savory thyme, and smooth sherry, all blended to perfumed perfection. It's delicious for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. I often serve it as the first course for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Everybody loves it! Here's the recipe: Read more »

Watercress Soup

June 7, 2013
IMG_9999TONIGHT, my partner and I are hosting film-director James Ivory (“Howard’s End,” “A Room with a View,” “Maurice,” etc.) and seven of his friends for dinner. It’s Jim’s birthday, so I’m putting together a special, multi-course meal. First up? A deliciously-creamy Watercress Soup. My recipe for this beautiful brew: Read more »

Garlic Soup

October 7, 2012
IMG_0849ON A CHILLY AUTUMN EVENING, I can always count on Garlic Soup to warm my soul. This Aigo Bouido is fast, easy and inexpensive to make. And served with toasted rounds of French bread, it makes a magnificent lunch. It also makes a first-class first-course for dinner. Can I offer you a taste? Read more »

Recipe: Lettuce & Lovage Soup

June 5, 2012
IMG_6497EVER DRINK A HEAD OF LETTUCE? I certainly had not, until I made the soup you see pictured up top. And what a taste-sensation -- earthy romaine, pungent garlic, celery-ish lovage, and anise-y tarragon all mingled together in a brew of emerald-green deliciousness. Although the soup is quick and easy to prepare, I think it is elegant enough to serve as the first course at a formal dinner party. Read more »

Navy Bean & Rosemary Soup

March 25, 2012
IMG_5058WHAT'S EASY TO MAKE, elegant to serve, and heaven to eat? My Navy Bean and Rosemary soup. I served this perfumed puree at a dinner party last night, and you should have heard the raves. Everybody loved it. Here's the menu from the party, and the recipe for the soup: Read more »