soup

Tomato Basil Bisque

After a few weeks of enduring a nagging sore throat, I have had plenty of time and inclination to hone my soup-craft. This recipe, to paraphrase Isaac Newton in a context that he would find thoroughly appropriate, is only possible by standing on the shoulders of giants.  In this case, the “giant” is The Pioneer Woman. Her original […]

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Butternut, Chickpea, and Zucchini Curry

I know, I know – another Sparkle Kitchen recipe with butternut squash and curry. You could look at this one of several ways. You could think I’m a one-trick pony with an insatiable pumpkin craving. Or maybe I have amnesia and am forced to recreate the wheel with every curry. At this point, maybe you’ve […]

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Roasted Vegetable Curry Soup with Chicken and Quinoa

After a Labor Day weekend filled with friends, house guests, and an impromptu cookout, we had a refrigerator brimming with fantastic homemade leftovers that I really had no desire whatsoever to eat again. There are only so many times each week that I can get excited about the same meal. Even when the “same meal” […]

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Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Soup

If your family has had its share of wintery aches and ailments (I’m writing this post from my own deathbed sick bed), it’s time for some nourishing comfort food. This roasted cauliflower and butternut soup is tremendously flavorful, with a texture so decadent that you may be tempted to accuse me of calorie-cramming. Fear not, though: […]

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Chili with Roasted Butternut Squash

As winter continues to chill us to the core, I feel sufficiently protected through my five layers of clothing to break out the food puns. Thus: chili. Because I’m chilly.  I can hear your giggles from all the way over here.  We had a perfectly relaxing weekend night at home a couple of weeks ago. […]

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Sunchoke, Sweet Potato, and Carrot Soup

I crave soup year-round, a predilection I’ve been told is “a bit gross” by a Husband who shall remain nameless. Yes, even during the middle of summer, I love a big bowl of hot, flavorful broth. [By the way, I’d like to make a counter-argument to the “soup is nasty when it’s 90 degrees” opinion-holders: hey, […]

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Italian Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

When I make soup with pumpkin, I usually gravitate to curry flavors. My favorite pumpkin soup recipe, for example, includes an apple, peanut butter, and plenty of curry. Although I live on a diet that is approximately 35% butternut squash during the fall, there are some things that I do not understand about the way […]

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Creamy Parsnip & Pumpkin Soup with Thyme-Crusted Proscuitto

A vegetable-based, creamy soup is perfect for frigid winter nights. It’s healthy enough to be respectable (compared to, like, pizza) and more rich and smooth than you’d expect from a humble parsnip soup.  There are three keys to this comforting, flavorful soup:  Coconut milk – unsweetened coconut milk is not a “healthy” substitute for heavy […]

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