Suzi's Blog

Brown Sugar-Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons from Serious Eats

I am, in my soul, a gazpacho addict. I love the concept and all the flavors that gazpacho, made with fresh ingredients, can deliver to my table. Funny thing, after thinking conventional tomato soup was ghastly, any tomato soup on a menu now captures my attention. Even roasted tomato soup. From canned tomatoes.  I must…

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Vitamix Holiday Squash Soup

We are fortunate at Cooking by the Book to have the blenders supplied by Vitamix. We actually do not call them blenders. To everyone, staff and guests, they are simply the Vitamixes. We use them, but privately many of us worship them. These are amazing machines whose power and versatility outdo anything else you might…

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Mexican Meatball and Pasta Soup

I, uh, wanted something unhealthy for dinner. Not really terribly unhealthy. Just a lot of cheese and some meat and … “No.” Suzen said. She took the magazine from me, sat, turned pages, stood up and showed me a picture. “You’ll like this. I’m making it.” Now, at that point I had choice of actions,…

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Michele’s Favorite Tortilla Soup

My daughter-in-law Michele grew up in Kansas City. But she went to college and graduate school in Texas and now lives in Austin. She is very proud of this soup. And I will say rightfully so. You remember how French Onion soup seems so satisfying. Well, this is a serious rival. The broth and chicken…

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