Tangy Pumpkin Soup

Katie Chin's pumpkin soup recipe from "Everyday Thai Cooking" is comforting, velvety and zippy. Even better, it's simple and uses easy-to-find ingredients.

Comforting Brown Rice Porridge with Mushrooms

Chef Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar here in Healdsburg, and most recently of Top Chef fame, turned me on to rice porridge. I conjured this one up recently and gave it a creamy spin with the addition of coconut milk.

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

This nourishing butternut squash soup is easy to make and freeze for quick meals to warm up chilly nights all winter long.

Slow-Roasted Mechoui (Moroccan-Spiced Leg of Lamb)

I was lucky enough to nab a leg of organic, sustainably-raised lamb from Montana's Willow Spring Ranch at Shelton's Market for this and was rewarded with succulent, juicy meat spiked through with spice. To find a source for grass-fed lamb (and other meats) near you for your Easter meal, check out Eat Wild. Serve this with quinoa, mixed greens, sliced black olives, thick slices of orange, thinly sliced fennel and red onion tossed with the dressing from this salad here.

Ribollita

Not only is this soup easy and flavorful and light and hearty all at the same time ... it's even better made the day before and reheated.

Beef and Barley Stew with Kohlrabi and Carrots

Chock-full of seasonal vegetables, this healthy beef and barley stew recipe nourishes body and soul an a chilly evening.

Brothy Lentil, Sausage and Farfalle Soup

Take that name to mean anything you please ... whether you make this soup out of chicken stock, turkey stock or vegetable stock, you can bet it'll be scrumptious. What elevates this above a standard chicken (turkey ... veggie) noodle soup are the copious amounts of carrots and celery, the beefy lentils, and the fun little topping of sauteed root veggies and sausage. PS - you can make this vegetarian and still have a super hearty soup.

Orange and Dried Plum Bars, and Free Giveaway From Sweet and Easy Vegan

I consider myself a lucky girl for many reasons, one of them being that I have so many way cool colleagues in the food writing [...]

Slow-Cooked Molasses-Honey Baked Beans

This molasses- and honey-spiked baked beans recipe can be made in a slow cooker or a Dutch oven. Either way, it's perfect.

All About the Ham Split Pea Soup

If you've got a leftover ham bone in the fridge (or if you can talk your butcher out of one), this is the soup you want to make. And, trust me, take the extra hour to make the Awesome Veggie Broth from scratch ... it's worth it.