Soups, Salads and Sides

Asian Carrot and Mushroom Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food. This Asian mushroom-and-carrot version uses fish sauce to amp up its salty richness.

Asian Coleslaw with Spicy Thai Vinaigrette

This sexy slaw skips the mayo in favour of a spicy, Asian dressing.

Borscht (Beet Soup)

Not much beats borscht, the soup that leaves your kitchen looking like a crime scene. The only thing better is when you’ve put some in the freezer for a taste of summer in March.

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Dan takes over the kitchen (and the blog) with an 18-ingredient (!!) Caesar salad.

Chickpea and Edamame Bean Salad with Mint

Garbanzo beans, indeed. Chickpeas have lots of salad potential. But not necessarily in tandem with edamame beans.

Crunchy Detox Salad with Ginger-Lemon Dressing

The knobby ginger root stars in a dressing for this crunchy vegetable salad that is bound to make you feel better.

Fattoush Salad with Pita Chips

It’s a Kitchen Castoff play on the Spice Trade, as a gift of the Israeli spice blend za’atar lets us make a fabulous fattoush.

Fennel, Orange and Avocado Salad

Today’s light bulb: The faint licorice flavour of fennel, combined with avocado and oranges, makes for a salad that tastes like spring.

Hamburger Soup

Direct from my mom’s kitchen to yours, the Best Hamburger Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

What to do when you are too sick to go to the store, but don’t have noodles for your homemade chicken noodle soup? Dig out the crappy dried soup mix and separate the noodles from the so-called flavour mix.

Hot-and-Sour Soup

The recipe for hot-and-sour soup in this blog post is good. But the sex joke is super!

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

One kitchen, three soups, six friends. That’s how we stay warm on the Canadian Prairies.

Mulligatawny Soup with Turkey

Today’s recipe for mulligatawny soup uses leftover Christmas turkey. Talk about the holiday that just keeps on giving.

Red Lentil and Broccoli Soup

With an inexplicable desire for red lentil and broccoli soup, I felt like I was having a pregnancy craving. But instead of wanting pickles to stave off a sodium deficiency, I was seeking something simple and nutritious to fend off behaving like an ass the night before.

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Tahini Dressing

Tahini isn’t the prettiest paste on the shelf, but it brings a taste of the Mediterranean to a roasted broccoli salad.

Roasted Tomato-Basil Soup

Roasted tomatoes, basil and cream make for a delicious and simple cold weather dinner.

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup with Pork Hocks

I told Dan I was making split pea soup with a pork hock. He replied: “A poor what?!?”

Spinach and Boiled Egg Chop Salad

A tasty and filling breakfast salad that hits some superfood high notes — eggs, sauteed spinach, and avocado — without being pretentious.

Steak Salad with Dan’s House Dressing

This steak salad is good enough to be served in a restaurant — but still leaves room in the budget for a really good bottle of red wine!

Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

One kitchen, three soups, six friends. That’s how we stay warm on the Canadian Prairies.

Thai Pork and Noodle Salad with Spicy Asian Dressing

Why are noodles so fun to eat? Is it the slurping? The twirling? We gave a Thai twist to a nest of bean thread starch noodles for a salad that delivered all kinds of fun.

Sides

Buffalo Cauliflower “Chicken” Wings

In preparation for hockey playoffs, we’re winging it with a cauliflower version of the venerable Buffalo wing bar snack.

Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

From Van Gogh to Clark Gable to Bugs Bunny, this vegetable has a 24-carrot reputation. I found all kinds of trivia while making roasted carrots and broccoli for dinner.

Mushroom Oatsotto with Sweet Potatoes

You had me at claggy oatmeal. Oh wait … no, that is not true at all. We’ve given mushroom “oatsotto” a whirl and once is enough for me.

Chickpea and Edamame Bean Salad with Mint

Garbanzo beans, indeed. Chickpeas have lots of salad potential. But not necessarily in tandem with edamame beans.

Julienned Parsnips with Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpeas

We invited a top London chef for Sunday dinner, NBD. And then cooked up old parsnips with suspect pesto.