Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup

There is no shortage of winter's harvest here on Vancouver Island. Hearty root vegetables,cabbage and kale are still readily available at our local farm markets, and squash with its tough // read more

Soup’s On! Minestrone Heats Up the Autumn Chill

The sudden turn of weather from dry, crisp and sunny to overcast, damp and chilly has us all running for warmth and comfort. Soup is the natural cure all, and with the bounty of fall // read more

Waldorf Salad Redo – Soup’s On

The Waldorf Salad, an American classic, was invented somewhere between 1893 and 1896 at New York's Waldorf Hotel. The gist of it finds apples, celery and walnuts tossed in mayonnaise // read more

Borlotti Bean Soup with Roasted Pumpkin

With the coming cold weather comes cravings for comfort foods. Long simmering stews, roasts and other hearty pleasures of the table beckon. That includes soup and those beans at the back of // read more


Winter, spring, summer or fall, minestrone - that hearty soup with Italian roots - can be crafted with any season in mind, utilizing many kinds of ingredients on hand, from leftovers to // read more

Santouka, Ramen Rapture in Vancouver

Santouka is the latest ramen house to open on lower Robson Street in Vancouver. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a well-regarded Japanese chain with five outlets in California. This is their // read more

Tortilla Soup with Mexican Condiments

Like the beet and cabbage borschts of Eastern Europe and the minestrones of Italy, Mexico's tortilla soup is a simple nourishing broth made from readily available ingredients. Tomatoes, // read more

Winter Garden Kale Soup with Toasted Pine Nuts & Feta

With signs of spring bursting forth - a little early, but who's complaining - I'm ready to plant peas, spinach and radishes. To make room, the last of the winter greens have gotta go. That // read more

Oaxacan-Inspired Pork and Chilie Soup

I call it a culinary haunting. Ever since the Christmas comida we enjoyed at La Capilla, I can't shake the thought of the soup we had as a first course. Slow cooked in a pit with the goat's // read more

Garlic Soup. A true restorative

One of the cookbooks I return to frequently is Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef by Jean-George Vongerichten and Mark Bittman. The recipe for garlic soup is a revelation, using the // read more

Corn Chowder

That luscious corn from Saanich has to be used up and there's nothing better to take the chill out of the air these days than a hearty corn chowder. Get your mise en place ready. 3 - 4 // read more

Dining in the Clouds/Sunday’s Special in the Sierra Juarez

Sunday is the day that Doña Leecha makes criollo potato and corn tortillas. Her restaurant Casa Piedra located at Rancho Benito Juarez in Oaxaca is located at a breathtaking 10,000 // read more