Pork and Hominy Stew

As the weather gets colder I tend to make a big batches of stew or soups for our family. If you look through my recipe archive you will see I have a lot of soup ideas for you. They preserve well so you can get multiple meals out of them, and are easy to please the family with.

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

When I grew up there was a different set of vegetables and fruits for each season. A favorite season of mine was when the cauliflower were ready. We ate it in many different ways. Although cauliflower is probably no one’s favorite vegetable, it can be terrific with the right combination of spices and cooking methods.

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Curried Asparagus Soup

One of the spring vegetables I really like is asparagus. I also really like curry, which is basically a combination of spices including cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and chili. I’ve been making a lot of soups lately, as my family just really likes that style of meal. It’s also less work quite honestly. For this recipe I decided to combine these three elements into something that I call curried asparagus soup.

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

We recently took an awesome trip to Central Oregon and visited the beautiful High Desert Museum. We stopped for a bite to eat in their café and I discovered an unusual minestrone soup that I really enjoyed. The flavor of the soup was really unique as it contained asparagus, artichoke hearts, and garbanzo beans along with other vegetables.

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Awesome Chili That Happens To Be Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate more beans, lentils, and vegetables into our daily meals. With the right combination of spices, you can turn boring canned beans into something really spectacular. In my university job I was tasked with creating new and exciting vegan and vegetarian recipes for college students. One of the dishes that proved really popular was a special vegan chili that I created.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

I was introduced to broccoli cheese soup at a Panera Bread when I lived in Wisconsin, and grew to really like it. It was perfect to cut the chill of a cold Wisconsin winter. It’s been many years since I’ve had this soup, and so recently I went to our local Panera Bread and ordered it, hoping to enjoy it once again. To my surprise, I was disappointed. The soup wasn’t how I remembered. I don’t want to be too critical, but there wasn’t much of a broccoli taste, the broccoli wasn’t visible, and the cheese seem a bit processed somehow. I also like soup with more of a punch. Maybe it’s just me that has changed.

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Clam Chowder

We are pretty lucky to live close to the ocean. By car it’s only one hour away. One of our favorite things to do is eat lunch at an oceanside restaurant and order a bowl of clam chowder. Sometimes you can get it in a bread bowl. The taste of the chowder can vary quite a bit from restaurant to restaurant. They also vary in terms of how much clams you get versus other ingredients like potatoes.

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Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Ham (Pho)

I developed a passionate love for Vietnamese food when I used to work for a popular Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Corvallis. One of the best experiences was when our boss and owner — whose family was from Vietnam — would make a feast for us employees after the evening shift. We got to sample authentic homestyle dishes that were not on the regular menu. It was like a trip to Vietnam! One of my favorites was pho made from ham bone, a recipe that I will share with you today.

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Thai Coconut Soup with Ham

What do you do when you have a lot of protein leftover from your holiday? In my case I had a lot of ham left over, which goes great in sandwiches, of course, but another obvious way to use ham is in soup. There are lots of traditional American soups that use ham, and I love many of them. This is Global Dine In, however, and so I decided to show you something that’s a global fusion. In this case I decided to use my leftover ham to make Thai coconut soup, one of my favorite soups in the whole world.

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