Soup and Stew Recipes


Oxtail Adobo

Oxtail Adobo

Any mention of oxtails in Filipino food probably involves kare-kare, a rich peanut-based vegetable stew. Beef shanks, tripe, pork hocks, and other tough parts tenderized through long simmering may also be added, but it has to have the oxtails. Leaving the bony segments out is unacceptable. Hindi maaari (no frickin’ way).
I didn’t have the other [...]

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Vanilla-Rhubarb Soup with Strawberries

Vanilla-Rhubarb Soup with Strawberries

It’s easy to get carried away at Farmer’s Markets, where the compulsion to grab random things you’ve never used takes over. Letting fresh ingredients sit on the counter for too long defeats the purpose of going to such markets, so I always look for recipes that make the most of seasonal produce.
If you happen to [...]

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Morel Mushrooms

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Morel Mushrooms

Jerusalem artichokes have nothing to do with either the capital of Israel or globe artichokes, so what gives? Extensive research indicates that we can blame the English. Jerusalem artichokes are root tubers from a type of sunflower. The Italian word for sunflower is girasole (“to turn towards the sun”), which eventually morphed into “Jerusalem” after [...]

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Lamb with Fava Beans and Green Almonds

Lamb with Fava Beans and Green Almonds

This ancient Berber dish is prepared around March or April in Morocco, when both green almonds and fava beans are seasonally available. The lamb is slow-cooked with ground mace and finished with the almonds, the beans, and a generous helping of sauteed onions.
I know next to nothing about traditional Moroccan cuisine and the recipe looked [...]

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Asparagus Soup with Cream

Asparagus Soup with Cream

The asparagus tips are cooked briefly to retain crispness and the stalks pureed to lend the soup a light green hue. You’ll also need a potato to slightly thicken and some parsley for that fresh herby taste.
The original recipe calls for a brief simmer with a tied-up bunch of parsley, presumably for easy extraction before [...]

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Afelia – Pork Braised with Red Wine and Coriander Seeds

Afelia – Pork Braised with Red Wine and Coriander Seeds

Afelia is a classic Cypriot dish of pork marinated and braised in red wine and coriander seeds. With the short ingredient list (the only other items are olive oil, salt, and pepper), it’s as easy as braising gets.
The coriander seed is a mild spice that adds a sweet citrus note. It is used extensively in [...]

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Chinese Crab and Corn Soup

Chinese Crab and Corn Soup

Do you try and remember the first things you learned to cook? My memory is a bit hazy, but here’s my list so far:

Rice, because some Filipino kids are forced to cook as soon as they can lift a pot.
Eggs, sunny-side up.
Hot dogs, cut with a butter knife to resemble octopi.

And of course, this crab [...]

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Chicken Braised with Ancho Chiles

Chicken Braised with Ancho Chiles

“Traditional” and “simple” rarely belong in the same breath when it comes to Mexican recipes, but if you can find ancho chiles, this braised chicken recipe makes great weeknight fare without being light on flavor. It’s the antithesis to festive Mexican dishes that have several sub-recipes — you only need a few spices, pantry staples, [...]

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Ginataang Kalabasa – Kabocha Squash in Coconut Milk

Ginataang Kalabasa – Kabocha Squash in Coconut Milk

Creamy coconut milk is tinged a shade of yellow in this easy Filipino recipe for squash and shrimp simmered in coconut milk. This is my “macaroni and cheese,” with rice and tender kabocha squash assuming the roles of pasta and cheddar.
As with most comfort foods, ginataang kalabasa has countless variations. Other ginataan recipes call for [...]

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Dal Makhani (Kali Dal) – Buttered Black Gram Beans

Dal Makhani (Kali Dal) – Buttered Black Gram Beans

Poke around my burgeoning list of recipes and you may notice that outright lack of knowledge and unpronounceableness haven’t deterred me in the least from trying out new foods. In keeping with the spirit of blissful ignorance, here are a handful of things I know about dal makhani, a slow-cooked lentil stew with black gram [...]

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Hobakjuk – Korean Pumpkin Porridge

Hobakjuk – Korean Pumpkin Porridge

This version of hobakjuk, a Korean porridge made with pumpkins or squashes, is all about texture. Velvety pumpkin puree is mixed with tender azuki beans, chewy sweet rice balls, and crunchy pine nuts. And because everyone knows that pumpkins and spices go hand-in-hand, a light dusting of ground cinnamon ties everything together.
I’m just a bit [...]

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Butternut Squash Soup – Recipe from Alinea

Butternut Squash Soup – Recipe from Alinea

So you pick up a new cookbook and inhale that addictive new book smell. While eagerly perusing photographs and ingredient lists, you may be thinking, “I can make that,” or, “Time to pay Chinatown a visit.”
And then you somehow convince yourself that owning the Alinea cookbook is a good idea, fully intending to actually cook [...]

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Whole Pumpkin Baked with Cream and Cheese

Whole Pumpkin Baked with Cream and Cheese

One thing that can go wrong with baked whole pumpkins is incinerating it into mush. Filled with cream and Gruyère cheese, you’ll know when the pumpkin is overcooked. It will likely collapse into a deflated mound of white and orange laced with strings of melted Gruyère. The semi-successful dish will still be delicious, as long [...]

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Coda alla Vaccinara – Eat Like a Roman Butcher

Coda alla Vaccinara – Eat Like a Roman Butcher

Famous for dishes that highlight quinto quatro, the “fifth quarter” or oft-ignored parts of an animal, Rome sounds like my kind of town. Alla vaccinara is old Roman for “butcher’s style” and no other cut could be more appropriate for such a designation than oxtail. Unappealing to most, a butcher would know that when properly [...]

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Chicken in Red Sesame Seed Sauce

Chicken in Red Sesame Seed Sauce

Ancho chiles, the most commonly used dried capsicum in Mexican cookery, give this thick and earthy dish its characteristic maroon color. The muted red hues of pipián rojo hides its complexity — toasted sesame seeds meld with Mexican herbs and spices to create an intense sauce with a consistency similar to mole.
There are two [...]

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Click – Yellow for Bri

Click – Yellow for Bri

Pureed corn miso soup and a poached egg served with Tofu Dengaku – broiled tofu with sweet miso topping and toasted sesame seeds.

Click: the photo event hosted by Jugalbandi



Pureed Corn and Miso Soup

Pureed Corn and Miso Soup

Dotted with tiny bits of yellow, it looks like any other corn soup but one taste and you’ll know it’s unmistakably Japanese. Pureed corn kernels are seasoned with dashi, miso, and soy sauce to create a soup that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Served with tofu, a poached egg, or shredded crabmeat, it can [...]

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Thai Beef and Mangosteen Soup

Thai Beef and Mangosteen Soup

Fresh mangosteens are a rare sight even at Southeast Asian groceries in Chicago. Imports of irradiated fresh mangosteens from Thailand have only recently been approved by the USDA, but they’re still far from common. Aside from being seasonal (try your luck around springtime), they seem to fly off the shelves as soon as they’re available.
When [...]

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