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Soups

Serve soup in a roasted baby pumpkin -- or go the greens route.

  • Culinary SOS: Steak chili and skillet corn bread from Smitty's in Pasadena

    Culinary SOS: Steak chili and skillet corn bread from Smitty's in Pasadena

    Dear SOS: I enjoy reading your column, and it occurred to me that you might be able to answer my request. "It was a dark and stormy night," like many we've recently had, when friends and I happened into Smitty's in Pasadena after the theater. Not being Pasadena locals, we didn't realize our good...

  • Culinary SOS: Butternut squash soup from Flavor Del Mar

    Culinary SOS: Butternut squash soup from Flavor Del Mar

    Dear SOS: On our anniversary we had dinner at Flavor del Mar in San Diego County. I had an amazing butternut squash soup. I asked our waiter what the spices were. He said the chef did not give out information and recipes. I am wondering whether you can get me the recipe. I have tried various ones...

  • Culinary SOS: Borscht at Warszawa

    Culinary SOS: Borscht at Warszawa

    Dear SOS: My husband and I have been regulars at Warszawa in Santa Monica for years. On hot days, I dream about their cold borscht, which is perfectly balanced and better than anything my grandmother ever made. Is there any way you could find out their recipe for me? Thank you so much! Susan Hurwitz...

  • Recipe: Caldo verde

    Recipe: Caldo verde

      Caldo verde Total time: About 50 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from "The New England Cookbook" by Brooke Dojny. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 pound sausage, preferably Spanish chorizo, linguiça or kielbasa, thinly sliced 1 large onion, chopped 4 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 pounds boiling...

  • Recipe: Spiced pumpkin soup

    Recipe: Spiced pumpkin soup

      Total time: 2 hours Servings: 12 Note: From Noelle Carter. Grade B maple syrup is preferred for this recipe; it has a richer flavor and is not as highly filtered as Grade A. The mini pumpkins can be roasted several hours ahead. Place the roasted pumpkins in a 250-degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes...

  • Recipe: Creamy mushroom and roasted onion soup

    Recipe: Creamy mushroom and roasted onion soup

    Total time: 40 minutes, plus 1 hour roasting time for the onion Dear SOS: We had lunch today at the Cave in the Ventura Wine Co. Our guests had the onion-mushroom soup, which was so delicious that they ordered seconds. Could you please get the recipe for us? -- Richard Mullarky, Ventura Dear Richard:...

  • Recipe: Cream of parsnip soup with crisp-fried pancetta

    Recipe: Cream of parsnip soup with crisp-fried pancetta

      Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Servings: 6 2 pounds parsnips 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and chopped Salt 1 boiling potato, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth 4 cups water 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg Freshly ground...

  • Recipe: Broccoli and roasted garlic soup

    Recipe: Broccoli and roasted garlic soup

      Total time: 1 hour, plus 45 minutes roasting time for the garlic Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from "Autumn Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends" by Rick Rodgers. He notes, "Roasted garlic is a great thing to have in the refrigerator, ready to perk up your everyday cooking....

  • Recipe: Mixed greens soup

    Recipe: Mixed greens soup

      Mixed greens soup Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: 12 Note: From Donna Deane 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1 cup chopped leeks, white part only 1 clove garlic minced 8 cups chicken broth 1 medium potato (about 8 ounces), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 4 cups chopped...

  • Recipe: Kabocha squash soup with pomegranate seeds and spicy candied pecans

    Recipe: Kabocha squash soup with pomegranate seeds and spicy candied pecans

    Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from Craig Strong, chef de cuisine, the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. This recipe requires the use of a candy thermometer (or a thermometer reaching 265 degrees). 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, finely diced 1 (2 1/2 pound) kabocha squash, peeled,...

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