Warming Soup for Cold January Days and Turbulent Times

I remember clearly that after 9/11, all I wanted to cook was comfort food. I could say the same thing this week after our nation’s Capitol was attacked on 1/6. Once again comfort food is what my husband and I craved. During the past few days bowls of spaghetti tossed with a tomato and caper sauce, fried fish sandwiches served with chips, and pizzas ordered from our local pizzeria have brought consolation. Most of all we found our spirits lifted by a warming roasted cabbage and potato soup with smoked kielbasa.

This soup, which calls for inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients, is also uncomplicated to assemble. Diced potatoes and wedges of cabbage are roasted in the oven to enhance their flavor before they are simmered in Continue reading

Recipes for Cooking While Sheltering In

Like so many others around the country, my husband and I are staying in, venturing out only to buy groceries or to get to essential appointments. Although both of us are working at our computers, I am also spending plenty of time in the kitchen figuring out what we’ll have for dinner each night. Somehow in the midst of this frightening pandemic, cooking gives me calm and offers a sense of normalcy. I haven’t been trying to create new recipes, but rather to simplify some of my favorites with ingredients on hand.

Here are four dishes that I hope you might be tempted to try. Caramelized Roasted Cabbage, a side dish which is made, believe it or not, with only two ingredients– julienned strips of cabbage and butter! Pair it with grilled kielbasa, roast chicken, or ham, and you’ve got a great meal. Farfalle with Asparagus, Roasted Onions, and Creamy Blue is an all-in-one dish that nods to spring, which has officially arrived even though we had snow here in Massachusetts this week! Pantry Marinade for Grilled Flank Steaks is another easy recipe that as its name implies calls for ingredients likely to be stocked in your pantry. (The flank steak might be the only item you need to Continue reading