Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Leon Happy Soup

I don’t remember when I first ate a red pepper. Sometime in my thirties I expect. My mother believed in canned vegetables. The only Italian food we enjoyed came in cardboard boxes made by Kraft. It was a different world. My first pepper experience was intense. One...
Ajo Blanco Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Ajo Blanco Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Sometimes this recipe is confusingly called “White Gazpacho.” It’s actually tomato‑free, but does incorporate the stale bread of “authentic” gazpacho, a peasant dish that was decidedly not “upscale” when first created. If you were living in Spain, you would blanch the...
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup from Leon Happy Soup

You may recall the story of King Canute, the monarch who went to the beach and commanded the tide to stop coming in. He failed. Hubris. I have a more reasonable belief. I still wear shorts in November. And I eat summer food. And I do believe I push back the onset of...
Just Perfect Gazpacho from The Daily Soup Cookbook

Just Perfect Gazpacho from The Daily Soup Cookbook

To get what I want from my wife Suzi, I resort to different means. This time, I decided to be simple, honest and straightforward. “I would like some gazpacho,” I announced. She turned to me. Normally, I am the gazpacho maker. I continued, “There is this White Gazpacho...
Beef Shank with Garlic and Basil from Jennifer McGruther

Beef Shank with Garlic and Basil from Jennifer McGruther

I’m off to get the morning paper. The sun is out, no clouds in the sky. I step outside. I stop. I go inside and then return to the street with a jacket on. Fall has arrived. Time for warmer foods, fall comfort foods. From Broth and Stock by Jennifer McGruther comes...