The Well-Stocked Spice Rack

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When was the last time you examined your spice rack? And I mean, really gave it a good looking-over? Are the herbs and spices fresh? Or, to put it another way, do you remember the last time you replenished those jars? Be honest :) .   Time slips away from the best of us, everyone's crazy-busy, and it's very easy to turn a blind eye to those little jars. If your spices are older than six months, it might just be time to rip off that bandaid and do some spice Spring cleaning. … [Read more...]

Grilled Fideua

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So, grilling season is on full force at Casa SoupAddict. It feels incredibly good — liberating, even — to leave behind the heavy, saucy foods of winter (although don't get me wrong, in the moment, they're exactly what I need to get through my least favorite season). Have I ever mentioned I'm grilling obsessed? Probably not. It's one of those things that I think not worth mentioning because I assume everyone is as obsessed as I.  (And y'all are, right?) I absorbed a … [Read more...]

Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Hoisin Sauce

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Spring is here in the Midwest, my lovelies! At least, that's what the Calendar says. The Calendar and the Thermometer are having a disagreement. The Calendar says, "Yo, it's March 22nd — it could rain, sleet, snow or blast sunshine at any minute. Or do all four back-to-back. Or switch it up from one day to the next. YOU don't know, because it's March, and March does whatever the hell it wants. Yo." And the Thermometer fires back, "Oh, yeah? Well, you tell March to just try … [Read more...]

Irish Soda Bread & Honey Mustard Beer Butter

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So you thought you finally escaped all of the posts on Irish Soda Bread recipes, eh? Ha HA! Today, there will be 200-and-some more hitting the interwebs, as the baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, posts about our latest Tuesday project, Irish Soda Bread. (But just in case you can't possibly take one. more. soda bread. post, I'm sharing my honey mustard beer butter recipe, which goes great with all sorts of savory breads and bagels.) I make soda bread often — and not just around … [Read more...]

Seeding the Spring Gardens

These teeny seeds will produce lots of big juicy tomatoes.

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Cheddar Risotto with Smoked Paprika

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If I were ever to start up another "addict" site, I can tell you without reservation that it would be "RisottoAddict." (That domain name is not for sale, natch — I looked it up. Appears to be owned by a squatter. Boo.) The odd thing is that I almost never post about risotto, mostly because I keep thinking that I have tons of posts about risotto up here already. But there's just one. And now this one. Clearly, I've been holding out on you. … [Read more...]

French Spring Soup

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Spring is merely a week away and all I have to say is this: Hello, Spring [muah]! Aside from the obvious weather reasons, I have another agenda for my Spring jonesing: vegetables.  Green vegetables. Asparagus, peas, bok choy, chard, spinach, arugula, scallions, ramps. Yyyes! Now, I like winter root vegetables as much as the next vegetable-obsessive, but by January — and certainly by February's end — you're just not going to see much in the way of root vegetables … [Read more...]

Braciole

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Last week, I overheard a couple chatting at lunch about their evening plans. Just a snippet, mind you. Dude: "What do you want to do tonight?" Chick: "How about brajole?" Dude: "I can do that." Chick: "Yay!" Now, I heard this without context — I really had no framing for the Dude's question — but I was intrigued and thought about it all the way back to the office. You know how a word gets in your head and nags your brain until you figure it out? This was one of … [Read more...]

Rugelach with Chocolate Fig Compote

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It's probably not very savvy of a foodie to admit this, but I've never tried rugelach before. Never had it, nor baked it. And quite possibly have never seen it except in pictures. So, I think there's some irony in here somewhere that the first time I bake it uses a recipe with more steps than my Mother's magnificent Sunday dinners of my childhood. This was two-day affair that used more pots, bowls and pans than I had room on my counters to hold. G'uhness, it was, in fact, an event, … [Read more...]

Storage Jars

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Every once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet, and I just have to change things. Dunno why. That's just the way it is. I've learned to go with it. My peeps have learned not to question. Works better for everyone that way. My latest buzz bee is the storage containers I keep on my counter to hold the bulk-purchased grains, seeds, beans and pastas I use all the time. I've been using the OXO POP containers, which work great, but (a) they're expensive, and (b) even though they're … [Read more...]