Cold-Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup

Cold Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup |

I knew this winter was going to be a tough one when my annual, knock-down-drag-out cold arrived in October. I really hope that I've paid my cold dues for the season, but judging by the red-noses and saggy faces of folks schlepping around the grocery store, looking like death warmed over, cold season has arrived with claws extended. … [Read more...]

Healthy Chicken Chili

Healthy Chicken Chili |

It's chili cook-off time here in Cincinnati. I don't compete, but the steady social media stream of January calls-for-entry always gets me itching to make a big pot of spicy goodness. Red meat isn't really my thing, so even though I do make a mean batch of chili, it was a once-a-year meal. At most. Followed up with a week of guilty twinges and extra time on the treadmill. Once a year, that is, until I decided one day to sub the beef and pork in my go-to recipe with humble chicken. … [Read more...]

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bowls


It's been a while since I've mentioned my affection for food in bowls, so it's about time to bring that around again. Most of my favorite foods fit perfectly in bowls: soups and stews, chilis, salads, rice and pasta dishes. There's just something about a meal tucked in a bowl that's cozy and filling, and encourages hovering over. Like this: … [Read more...]

Oven Baked Chicken and Wild Rice Skillet with Kabocha Ribbons

Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Skillet with Kabocha Ribbons |

Fall comfort food season has arrived and I'm in love. I've fallen in love with the one-skillet meal. I'm not sure it makes sense, really. It's not because they're easy (they are): I don't mind a little dinner cooking complexity now and then. It's not because clean-up is super simple (it is). (I'm one of those weirdos that actually likes doing dishes by hand.) … [Read more...]

Grilled BBQ Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

Grilled BBQ Blue Cheese Chicken Salad from

Ahh, grilling season! My grill is set up in a spot where I can reach it all year long, but, honestly, there's just no substitute for early summer days and warm, gentle breezes and blue skies and smoky wood chips. (I love to grill, but Polar Vortex grilling? Yipers). So, the title of this post is all about the grilled chicken, but this recipe also contains grilled vegetables. Some asparagus (still in season and available locally), garlic scapes (cut fresh from my own garden), and corn … [Read more...]

Thai Fusion Chickpea Stew

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Stews have topped my list this year for favorite dinner meals. As everyone in the U.S. knows: it's been cold this winter, baby. Sooo cold. Stews are thick and comforting and, like soup, can come together in a flash — perfect for busy weeknight suppers. And Thai flavors, with their touch of heat and rich, almost citrusy, lemongrass notes are so welcome and warming when the temperature dips below zero (as it seems to keep wanting to do). … [Read more...]

Veggie-Loaded Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Veggie-loaded chicken gnocchi soup

The first official crazy shopping weekend of the holiday season is officially behind us. Know what I did? I hid. Except for a few trips to the grocery store — always safe from Black Friday crowds — I hunkered down in my home as though the White Death itself were barreling down I-75, threatening to cover the world in a blanket of winter puff. I'm not so much with the crowds these days. The last Black Friday I participated in, not only did I come home with no packages, but also … [Read more...]

White Bean Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup


I don't know what it is about this autumn, but I can tell already that it's going to be a big-time soup winter. The weather hasn't even been particularly harsh, but I've already been making soup like there's no tomorrow, creating new soups and revisiting old favorites. Take one of my go-to soups, Chicken Tortilla. I really love this soup — it's always a hit with everyone who tries it, and it ranks high with me on the comfort-food scale. I really love the cheesy-creaminess of this soup, but … [Read more...]

Braised Pomegranate Chicken Prosciutto


It was just three weeks ago when I gave some props to Martha Stewart for a TV series well done (Martha's Baking School). I even complimented her on her lack of pretense. And then last week, Martha revealed what she really thinks about bloggers (note that the video on Bloomberg's is one part of a multi-part interview; there's another part where she disses Gwynnie, and another where she name-drops her retail partners — an overall classy effort, to be sure). Of course, the blogging interwebs … [Read more...]

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Ginger Soup)

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Ginger Soup)

I've fallen head over heels in love with coconut milk. And I don't get it. Honestly. Because the mere sight of shredded coconut makes my tummy heave. Just yesterday, I was at my real estate agent's house, where she proudly showed off the leftover Easter bunny cake she had made herself, covered, of course, in the ghastly shreds. While she delightedly pointed out the cuteness of the eyes and nose, and the fluffiness of the ears, I was concentrating on breathing through the gag (breathe, … [Read more...]

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

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I woke up Sunday morning and decided I just wasn't feeling the day's planned dinner menu. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and the idea was to kick off the Mardi Gras season with a big batch of gumbo (and post about it today). Two things put the kibosh on that plan: I was out of filé powder, with no nearby source for it (and gumbo really needs that little hit of sassafras to be New Awlins authentic). So, that was a bummer (#firstworldproblems). And, the kiboshier thing of the two:  a big heavy … [Read more...]

15-Minute Thai Chicken with Rice Noodles

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By all accounts, dinner time at Casa SoupAddict should be a sigh of relief, getting behind the stove after a day of not being behind the stove and doing lots of thing that have nothing to do with cooking or gardening. Or napping. (Yes, SoupAddict loves the nap.) But during the week, I can't say that's always true (about dinner, not the nap — it's oh-so-very true that I love da nap). I have just the teeny tiniest bit of suspicion that maybe ya'll can relate: It's 6:30, it's been a long day, … [Read more...]

Moroccan Chicken Stew

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Walking to my car this morning, I noticed crocuses sticking their little heads up out of the ground. I don't know whether to be cheered, confused or depressed about this. Honestly, I'm feeling a little bit of all three. Saturday morning, my world was coated in a solid 1/4" of ice. No snow — just ice. By Sunday afternoon, the ice had melted. Overnight, we had thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 70 mph. This morning, it's 50° and spring-like, complete with windy sunshine. And … [Read more...]

Herbed Chicken & Dumplings

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Last Friday, the foodie world uttered a simultaneous [gasp!] when the media speculated that Butter Queen Paula Deen seems poised to admit to her long-rumored Type II diabetes diagnosis. But was this really gasp-worthy news? Interesting, perhaps, that a chef who has built her celebrity around the overuse of butter will finally concede that she was, at last, foiled by same. But no one should be shocked. Butter in small amounts is probably not going to kill you. Shameless use of butter by … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Hummus Dressing

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One of the things I enjoy very much about the turn of the calendar year is the parallel turn of the food year, from autumn to winter. We wave goodbye to super-heavy brown foods and embrace bright citruses and nourishing grains. Pomegranates and winter greens and windowsill herbs. Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Hello, my lovelies! I've missed you so. … [Read more...]

Mulligatawny Reboot

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Meet my favorite chicken soup in the entire world. I first wrote about mulligatawny a couple of years back, when I was still getting a grip on this incredible dish, tweaking the ingredients, finding just the right flavor profile and process. Since then, I've made this soup so frequently, the recipe is burned in my brain — good thing, too, because my sole print copy documenting my experiments is wrinkly with chicken stock stains and covered with fading, smudgy pencil scribbles. This … [Read more...]

Fat Tuesday Jambalaya


With winter falling away behind us (or, at least most of us), I'm definitely in the mood for some celebration. And it really should be no surprise to learn that a food centric holiday like Fat Tuesday is right up my alley. A big pot of jambalaya with a side of King Cake sounds like a perfectly reasonable way to spend the afternoon, yes? I thought so. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles


SoupAddict saw a recipe last year that really spoke to her. It's blustery, snowy winter here, and things warm and thick and comforting are highly prized. And in SoupAddict's world, things that are warm and thick and comforting often come in the form of soup. Soup is love in a bowl, is SoupAddict's philosophy. (That, and "bacon is love on a plate.") That recipe featured chicken noodle soup — probably the all-time best meal when you're feeling like you need a hug from the world. And a hug from … [Read more...]