DC#6: Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

October 13, 2009

The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen. The recipes are from her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.  I was so excited to hear that Jaden was hosting this month’s challenge, I instantly became a fan of hers after making a fantastic super easy three […]


A New Autumn Tradition: Buttercup Squash Soup

October 8, 2009

As the rain drizzled down the old glass pane windows and pattered upon the sweet cedar smelling rooftop of our A-frame cabin, the gloomy day in the NH forest seemed a bit brightened after being comforted by a warm cup of herbal tea, curled up on a couch with a good book.  The only thing […]



September 20, 2009

This post is my submission to September’s “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!” event, hosted this month by Gluten Free Gidget.  The theme this month was Disney.  The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite movies as a little kid, “The Little Mermaid”.   I immediately thought of the scene where […]


Labor Day Part Deux, Dessert – Summer Berry Champagne Soup with Floating Islands

September 12, 2009

I don’t think I ever really got to enjoy Labor Day as it was intended.  When I was working as a grad student, it was simply a day when I could park in the garage for free, just like 4th of July and the other federal holidays.  In fact, federal holidays were some of the […]


Homemade Duck Stock

June 7, 2009

After enjoying wonderful roast duck legs last week, I just could not toss the extra fat/skin/bones without getting as much flavor out of them as possible.  Thus, later that night, I proceeded to make stock from it and some veggies I had around and created this succulent flavorful stock.  Use this stock wherever you would […]


Egg Drop Soup

May 12, 2009

I love egg drop soup when eating out, but had never tried making it myself before, I think mostly because I was intimidated by the eggs.  But after my successful poached egg adventures, I decided I was up for the challenge.  Actually, this was a lot easier than it sounds.  Obviously, the danger is that […]