Zucchini and Sausage Chowder

If you’re thinking of starting or expanding a garden, one of these easiest and nicest things to grow is zucchini. They produce a lot in a short amount of time and are great tasting vegetables that can be used in many different foods. Like last year, I planted too many in my garden this year! After giving many away, they are still coming and so I’ve been creating new recipes by which to use them. Be sure to check out my “zucchini” category on my blog for other recipes.

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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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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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Hoppin’ John with Creamy Polenta

Back when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit I decided to stock up on essentials like cans of beans and soup that have a long shelf life. Even though I didn’t know exactly what it was, I wound up with a few cans of Hoppin’ John’s black-eyed pea stew in my cart. It looked really delicious! I never got around to making this until recently. While I did rely on ready-made stew from the can, I found it necessary to add quite a bit of extras to jazz it up and help the stew reach its full potential.

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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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Sausage and Vegetable Soup

This week I organized my freezer to see what I have on hand so I can make a meal plan for the week. In exploring the bottom of my freezer I discovered several different types of sausage that I had bought some time ago and never got around to using. I found kielbasa, andouille, and ground pork sausage. I used to use these for special occasions like happy hour in which I would serve the sliced sausage on a platter with other finger foods. Now I’m not doing that because of the pandemic. To use up the sausage I decided to try it in a soup.

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Ham and Potato Soup

I love cruising grocery stores and finding things I haven’t noticed before. A couple days ago I was walking in the deli section and noticed some small packages of cooked ham that were only about one pound each. This seemed a super-convenient size for making different meals during the week. Once I bought a couple of these, I decided to make a creamy ham and potato soup. As the weather gets cooler outside I like making soups for our family.

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Ham and Lentil Soup

When I was working for the university I used to create many soup recipes for use in the fall and winter. We went through vast quantities of soup as it was consistently a popular entrée. Every day we offered multiple soups especially as we needed to cater to students who may be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. One of my most popular soups was the one I present today.

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Caldo de Pollo (Chicken Soup)

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I like the changing color of leaves, pumpkins, sunny days, chilly evenings, and wearing scarves. I tend to sleep better when the days get shorter and colder, and I love dreaming up soup and stew recipes that would not have made sense in hot summer weather. If you’ve been following my blog, you might have noticed that I have been posting a lot of soup recipes lately. My family and I enjoy trying out soups from around the globe.

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