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Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings (Hobakjuk) Across Asia, dumplings symbolize good luck for the Lunar New Year.

Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings (Hobakjuk)

In preparation for this year's celebration, I decided to learn how to make one of my favorite dumpling dishes, the Korean hobakjuk or pumpkin porridge with sweet rice dumplings. If you aren't familiar with the Asian tradition of sweet soups and porridges, it might help to think of this as a pudding. In addition to the velvety pumpkin, it has delightful mochi-like rice balls and makes a delicious winter breakfast or subtly sweet dessert. You can make this with kabocha, butternut squash, or most any winter gourd as long as it's naturally sweet. After boiling or steaming the squash, you simmer it with sweet rice, which thickens the porridge and gives it a smooth, nicely viscous texture. The same sweet rice flour is used for the tteok or dumplings, which couldn't be easier to make. Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings (Hobakjuk) Serves 4 For the sweet rice dumplings: 1/2 cup sweet rice flour 3 to 5 tablespoons hot water.

Sunchoke and Garlic Soup. It's hard to write about sunchokes without mentioning two things: the name is confusing, and they can cause embarrassing gas.

Sunchoke and Garlic Soup

So let's get those two topics out of the way. First of all, sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes. They are neither from Jerusalem (they are native to the Northeastern United States), nor are they artichokes. They are actually tubers of a sunflower-like plant. Scallops with Lime & Cilantro. All you need to do is stop at the grocery store on the way home from work tonight and pick up five things: a pound of scallops, a bottle of white wine, organic chicken stock, a lime and a bunch of cilantro.

Scallops with Lime & Cilantro

In about half an hour you can put a bowl of pasta or rice on the table with sweet golden scallops in a tangy, garlicky broth. Aren't scallops wonderful? Scallops are one of my favorite weeknight meals, and here's why: They cook in literally three minutes. They're also something of a treat, and usually they cost quite a bit more than chicken or tofu, which means that I'm more inclined to make them when it's just my husband and myself and not a crowd. The bonus in this story is that my husband loves scallops; a Wednesday night with scallops is suddenly special. The Atlantic bay scallop season begins in early November, so those sweet and extra-small scallops are a good pick then. Creamy-Yet-Light Fish Chowder. Cooking for my family during a holiday visit to Seattle, I came up with this chowder as a light yet comforting weeknight dinner to give us a break from the rich holiday meals we had been eating.

Creamy-Yet-Light Fish Chowder

The broth skips the usual milk or cream and is instead thickened by pureeing cooked potatoes and aromatics into a creamy, flavorful base studded with chunks of mild white fish and soft vegetables. Warm, satisfying and not too heavy, this dairy-free soup is the perfect meal for a chilly January evening. I have a confession: this soup was originally going to include a little dairy. My husband is a Massachusetts native and is very particular about his seafood chowders, so I felt that a completely dairy-free version wouldn't fly.

But as I was cooking, I realized the half-and-half I had grabbed at the store was actually flavored with vanilla and there was no milk in the house. I have a second confession: I was secretly happy about this mistake. Creamy Dairy-Free Fish Chowder. Creamy-Yet-Light Fish Chowder. Italian Wedding Soup. When it comes to soups, I can easily say I have a hands-down favorite: Italian Wedding Soup.

Italian Wedding Soup

My experience of it is neither particularly Italian, nor is it matrimonial, rather it was one of the first real meals my mother fed me when I was a baby. The legend is that I'd slurp it loudly, humming, and the broth would dribble down my neck, soaking the neck of my shirt. The recipe was handed down to my mother, and adapted at each stop, from a man named Fran, whose daughter was my first babyhood friend. I don't really remember Fran — he passed away when we were still tiny — but he lives within me every time I make this soup. Now I see fit to serve it to anyone I love — from my own little person, who also slurps, dribbles and hums, to a cozy winter dinner party, where guests often let go of their manners too. Sweet Potato & Lima Bean Soup. In this harried, indulgent time of year what I actually crave most is food that's simple and nourishing, something that doesn't take a lot of time or fuss to eat but provides warmth and balance.

Sweet Potato & Lima Bean Soup

In other words, a big pot of soup. This sweet potato lima bean soup is thick, buttery, and comforting (and also completely vegan). I dare say it might even convert the lima beans haters into lovers. Wholesome Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Soup with Herb Dumplings Recipes from The Kitchn. The dish I'm about to share is really two recipes in one – heavenly together but also good building blocks for many other meals this fall and winter.

Wholesome Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Soup with Herb Dumplings Recipes from The Kitchn

Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) There are few better comfort foods than Vietnamese phở.

Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Easy Green Minestrone. Sometimes you just want to sit cross-legged on the couch and eat a big bowl of soup.

Easy Green Minestrone

Something simple and comforting. Something good. You need a homemade bowl of soup and you don’t want to go to much fuss to get it. Well, here's an easy minestrone that can be made almost any time of year, as long as you have a few vegetables in the fridge and some broth to cook them in. How To Make French Onion Soup. French onion soup is a bistro classic, the most homey and delicious example of good cafe cooking.

How To Make French Onion Soup

But only a handful of frugal ingredients make up this restaurant favorite. Onions, broth, salt, and butter mingle in a slow magic that transforms them into a wildly luxurious bowl of silky onions and dark broth. If you've only eaten French onion soup in restaurants you'll be shocked at how easy it is to make in your own kitchen. Master the basics for faster cooking. Hot & Sour Soup with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Rice. Have the spring blues seized you? It's still chilly, still cold, and warm weather is still a ways off. But cheer up — I have a cure for your blues.

It's soup weather, and I want to share one of my favorites: a rich, savory turkey (or chicken!) Broth, spiked with spicy chili peppers and lime juice, stocked with mushrooms, fragrant rice, and melting strands of cabbage. It's hot and sour, delicious yet simple, hearty yet light — everything you want right now. Minnesota Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup. Maybe it's just residual from the holidays, but I've been feeling rather homesick lately. No surprise that this manifests as food! Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup.

A simple puréed soup is something I turn to often, usually relying on a creamy tomato, but lately I've been relying instead on a lightly spiced cauliflower soup. Cauliflower is easy to come by and quite inexpensive at the markets (in Seattle, anyway), so as you sit and wait for true spring produce (peas, favas, asparagus!) , this is a good recipe to tide you over. The nice thing about this recipe is that it takes very little time to pull together. You simply cook down the onions and garlic with cauliflower, broth, and warm spices and ready your favorite toppings (I like crisp parsley, toasty cashews, and spicy red pepper flakes — all with a dash of olive oil). A few notes about this soup: You will likely buy a can of coconut milk (13.5 ounces), but this recipe only calls for one cup. Last, this recipe asks that you go easy on the salt during the preparation, but do feel free to season with additional salt and pepper once it's done cooking.

Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin Chili. This recipe happened because my favorite cooking reference, Google, totally failed me. It was Halloween and I was inspired. Pumpkin chili was on the menu. One of our children was a vegetarian and it seemed like a wonderful, hearty solution. But I had no recipe and Google was no help. Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin Chili. Persian Yogurt Soup Recipe. This soup is a test of patience and restraint. If you're easily distracted, skip it. If you can mind a pot, stirring, singularly-focused, for a half hour, perhaps longer, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, herbed, Persian yogurt soup, Ashe Mast.

This is a vegetarian version - chickpeas, lentils, brown rice, and herbs bathed in thin, savory yogurt broth. Each bowl is finished with a drizzle of minted garlic butter. Miso Tahini Soup Recipe. Last weekend we took our little shop project, QUITOKEETO, to the Remodelista Holiday Market. It took place at the Heath Ceramics factory, and it was the first time we've done anything "out in the wild" related to the shop. So exciting! How To Make Very Good Chili Any Way You Like It. There are a million and one ways to make chili. All of them are excellent and all of them are sure to satisfy a large crowd of hungry people. Whether you like your chili with ground meat or chuck roast, pinto beans or no beans at all, the basic method for making it is the same.

How to Make Great Beef Stew from Scratch — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Like a good chili or chicken noodle soup, homemade beef stew is one of those dishes that is just good to have in your back pocket. It's a dish that will serve you well through long winters and family visits and other small moments of need. Making one isn't hard and will surely nourish you through several meals. Here's my tried-and-true method for making a very good beef stew. Winter Recipe: Bigos Stew. From the very get-go of planning my Cozy Holiday Potluck, I knew that I wanted to make Bigos Stew.

Sweet Potato & Lima Bean Soup. Sweet Potato & Lima Bean Soup Recipes from The Kitchn. Persian Yogurt Soup Recipe. Persian Yogurt Soup Recipe. Persian Yogurt Soup Recipe. Caramelized Onion & Sweet Potato Soup (Pareve/Meat) Roasted Red Kuri Pumpkin & Coconut Soup. . Miso Pumpkin Soup. Butternut Squash, Apple and Sage Soup. Cuban Black Bean Soup. Baked Potato Soup With Bacon, Scallions & Cheddar. Spiced Lentils with Egg, Fluffy Vanilla Marshmallows, Homemade Peanut Butter Cups & Raw Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes. Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin Chili.

Make-Ahead Recipe: Lamb Korma. Autumn is all about the warming, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that sound so good as the weather cools down, but comfort food doesn't have to mean heavy and cheesy. For the fall pumpkin-carving party I hosted for our latest Gatherings From The Kitchn, I wanted to serve a meal that was fresh and healthy as well as warm and comforting, so I planned a buffet centered around an Indian-themed baked sweet potato bar.

The main topping was rich and flavorful lamb korma, a creamy curry made with lean lamb leg and a little coconut milk that was surprisingly light — yet tasted totally decadent. Even better? Slow-Cooked Boeuf Bourguignon. Colombian Ajiaco (Chicken and Potato Soup) Colombian Ajiaco (Chicken and Potato Soup) Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup. Slow-Cooker Recipe: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew. Buttermilk Summer Squash Soup Recipe. Buttermilk Squash Soup Recipe. Kimchi Soup Recipe. Kimchi Soup Recipe. Lemongrass Turmeric Curry Paste Recipe. Sorrel Soup with Garlic Chives – QUITOKEETO. Sopa Verde de Elote Recipe. At the Studio: Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup. A Simple Carrot Soup Recipe. Ten Ingredient Alkalizing Green Soup Recipe. A Simple Asparagus Soup Recipe.

Coconut Red Lentil Soup Recipe. Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin Chili. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup. 30-Minute Chicken Posole. Dutch Oven Recipe: White Bean & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipes from The Kitchn. Cold Weather Recipe: White Chicken Chili. Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup. Fall Recipe: Moroccan-Spiced Carrot & Sorghum Soup Recipes from The Kitchn. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup. Roasted Red Kuri Pumpkin & Coconut Soup. Slow-Cooker Recipe: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew. Curried Coconut Carrot Soup. Sukkot Recipe: Kabocha Squash Soup with Pomegranate and Pepitas.

Italian Wedding Soup. Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup. Cuban Black Bean Soup Recipes from The Kitchn. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup. Cold Weather Recipe: White Chicken Chili Recipes from The Kitchn. Roasted pumpkin & apple soup with goat’s cheese and bacon. Miso Soup Recipe. Cashew Curry Recipe. Green Curry Broth Recipe. Coconut Broccoli Soup Recipe. Kimchi Soup Recipe.

Summer Vegetable Curry Recipe. Minestrone Verde with White Beans and Pesto. Sopa.Pimientos asados + Tomate. Sopa. Miso + Lemongrass. Sopa.Calabaza. Sopa. Azuki. Sopa. Brócoli + Coco. Sopa. Zanahoria.