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New England Clam Chowder (James Cagney’s)

February 16, 2017

As long as there have been celebrities, there have been fans obsessed with them. The minutiae of their lives…where they live, where they sleep, who they sleep with…and of course? What they eat. The gustatory habits of film stars, rock stars, dancers, singers….all have been subject matter for newspaper columns, magazine features and loads and loads of books. In 1958, James Cagney went on the record with his recipe for chowder. It’s pretty darn good! Continue Reading…

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Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

December 18, 2016

Enhanced with curry, dried mushrooms and bacon, this beef-barley soup from long-gone Helen’s Olde Lantern in Blue Island, IL, was requested by reader John S. He remembered it having a lot more bacon : ) You can always add more. Continue Reading…

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Chicken Consomme with Marrow Dumplings

December 6, 2016

While the chicken soup I grew up with was a hearty rustic version, friends of mine have sung the praises of more delicate matzo ball and other dumpling soups, where the flavor of the vegetables and chicken is concentrated in a rich broth.  I found this lovely example in a handwritten cookbook from the 1890s that a friend loaned me. Continue Reading…

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Sauerkraut Soup

October 20, 2016

We’ve had requesters looking for what to do with the leftover sauerkraut, so this one’s for you! Rich with butter, cream, bacon & white wine, this soup makes the sow’s ear of sauerkraut into a silk purse. Iron Chef Edward Lee created it for his Louisville, KY, restaurant 610 Magnolia, putting to use the sauerkraut his German in-laws make each year from cabbage they grow themselves. Continue Reading…

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Borscht (Beet & Beef Soup)

March 22, 2016

I have a friend who calls beets “essence of dirt clod” : ) But I have always loved their earthy flavor and deep color. I like them roasted, simply boiled, grated into salads, pickled and perhaps most of all: made into borscht. Continue Reading…