Low Mileage Kitchen: Simple soup is the solution to host of resolutions

Feel Good Soup

(Chandler West~Chicago Sun-Times) Photo styling by Judith Dunbar Hines.

Recipe: Feel Good Soup

Do you feel like I do this morning? The whirlwind of events, plus a rare confluence of multiple holidays in one four-week period, conspired to pressurize the season more than usual. The face peering back at me from the mirror on this New Year’s Day seems, well, less optimistic than usual. Continue reading

Recipe: Feel Good Soup

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 links uncooked Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 6 cups water or unsalted broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) package dry soup with beans mix, like Sunny Caribbean White Bean or Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chard leaves, coarsely chopped Continue reading

Low Mileage Kitchen: Fall flavors call us home

Spaghetti squash with crisp brussels sprout leaves

(Chandler West~Chicago Sun-Times) Photo styling by Judith Dunbar Hines.

Recipe: Spaghetti squash with crisp brussels sprout leaves

Several years ago, after a particularly brutal winter, I moved from Chicago to a Southern state. I was sure I would be happy to leave behind the heavy coats and deep snow drifts.

And, for several months, I was happy. In spring the wildflowers sprouted in the dry landscape in a riot of colors. Not the daffodils and tulips I was used to, but beautiful nonetheless. Summer came with full force and acquainted me with weeks of 100-plus degree temperatures and I began to long for Lake Michigan breezes. But when the fall arrived, ah, that’s when I missed my hometown the most. Continue reading