how to build soup

An odd title for a midsummer post in Colorado. But we had a very odd midsummer cool, grey, drizzly day with almost an inch of much needed rain yesterday. It was such a relief from July’s heat, that I was inspired to make soup with the summer vegetables making their first appearances this month. And I say build rather than cook soup because that’s how I think of making a hearty full-bodied soup. Continue reading “how to build soup”

a tale of kale

So many types of kale – curly, ruffled, savoyed (with pebbly surfaced leaves), Russian, Tuscan, green, red, purple, white (really white-veined) and varieties called black and rainbow! And then we create different names for the same type of kale. Did you know that Tuscan, dinosaur, lacinato and black kale all refer to the same narrow, straight-edged, savoyed leaves? Continue reading “a tale of kale”

how to use a recipe

Or perhaps better titled, “how I use recipes”. Every weekend, Isabelle farm owner and vegetable whisperer Natalie and I chat about what she plans to harvest for members’ CSA shares that week. Usually her choices have already made an appearance at the Isabelle farm store, so I pickup a few to prepare in my home kitchen, try out a new recipe or two, photograph and post for your viewing and cooking pleasure. Continue reading “how to use a recipe”

spring in Provence

Oh, I mean Portland, Oregon! Yes, that is a rosemary plant in full bloom that’s close to 4×4; that’s feet, not inches! Here these Mediterranean herbs are long lived perennials which become shrubs, unlike the puny annuals I try to grow in a single short season back home in Colorado. This week and next, I’m in Portland … Continue reading spring in Provence