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  • Soupalooza: Online comments help creamy artichoke soup come alive Mar 25, 2015 3:35 PM
    When M. Eileen Brown found a box of frozen artichokes in the freezer begging to be used, she went online and found a recipe from the Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis for Creamy Artichoke Soup. It sounded delicious, almost like a soup version of artichoke dip. How perfect is that? Yet the comments ranged "disgusting, acid, awful” to “This is delicious. I make it exactly as written and yummy every time.” Her favorite comments were from cooks who shared their tweaks and now she shares hers.

  • Soupalooza: Know your curry before adding to creamy cauliflower Feb 25, 2015 8:47 AM
    The instructions for Curried Cauliflower Soup called for cauliflower, garlic and onions cooked in almond milk with a little curry powder tossed in for flavor. Add a little toasted sunflower seeds for crunch and you’re done. How difficult could that possibly be? What could go wrong?

  • Cashews secret ingredient in creamy vegan soups Jan 27, 2015 6:01 AM
    Cream soups — loaded with saturated fat and calories — are a bit on the decadent side, especially when shaving off a few pounds was one of your New Year’s resolutions. But it’s that creamy goodness, generally the combination of cream and butter (no surprise), that make them so deliciously desirable. M. Eileen Brown learned how to use cashews to add texture and flavor without dairy and today she pases along that lesson.

  • Soupalooza: Black-eyed pea soup boosts health, good luck in New Year Dec 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    M. Eileen Brown stumbled onto a recipe or story about the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck and became intrigued. After all, who doesn't want a little extra good luck — especially when it involves eating something so obviously good for you? Black-eyed peas (which really aren't peas at all, but rather beans) are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol. They are high in iron and fiber and a cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat.

  • Soupalooza: Garnishes push soup from simple dinner to spectacular meal Nov 26, 2014 6:32 AM
    We have entered the fancy season. With the holidays approaching and guests arriving, everything needs a little extra joosh — and that includes something as simple as soup. So whether you are serving your out-of-town guests a leftover turkey sandwich with a simple cup of mushroom soup or you’ve decided to start your meal with a festive tureen of chestnut potage, think about how you are going to garnish your creation.

  • Soupalooza: Chili a way to savor Buffalo wing taste without the bones Oct 29, 2014 3:22 PM
    Looking for a vegetarian way to enjoy Buffalo chicken wings? M. Eileen Brown has you covered. In her monthly Soupalooza column she shares a recipe for Buffalo-style chili. It's packed with black beans, quinoa and hominy — a protein home run, if there ever was one.

  • Soupalooza: Coconut milk, spinach add sweetness to sweet potato stew Sep 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    M. Eileen Brown recently found a website that has fast become her favorite: It’s filled with recipes, tips and ideas from home cooks, sort of a crowdsourced recipe collective. On the site, she found a recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Coconut Stew, which is perfect for this time of year.

  • Soupalooza: Minestrone a melting pot for summer veggies Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sometimes she can't help herself. M. Eileen Brown gets overwhelmed by the lovely fresh produce at the farmers market and ends up buying more than she can possibly cook. Instead of letting the tomatoes and greenbeans rot on the counter (again) she turned to Alice Waters for a soupy solution.

  • Soupalooza: Zucchini soup so good you'll look forward to more zucchini Jul 30, 2014 5:32 PM
    Just when you think you can't handle any more zucchini comes a recipe that will have you roaming the neighborhood looking for squash ready for harvest. M. Eileen Brown's chowdery Mexican Zucchini Soup is that recipe.

  • Soupalooza: A cold soup that starts on a hot grill Jun 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    This recipe for Grilled Gazpacho adds just the right amount of smoke to the taste of the tomatoes, onions and red peppers. It’s also a great way to make gazpacho in early summer when the tomatoes aren’t nearly as tasty as they will be later on.

  • Soupalooza: Don’t give fruit soup the cold shoulder May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Cold fruit soup might not be everyone’s cup of broth, and we get it, but, honestly, cold soups offer a very nice change of pace at a summer barbecue. They are refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. Try Watermelon Soup at your next cookout.

  • Soupalooza: Vegetable-rich broth gives your body a spring cleaning Apr 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Looking forward to spring M. Eileen Brown put the winter clothes away, removed the down comforter from the bed, washed the windows and went on a program to eat more fruits and vegetables. Spring cleaning, inside and out, was her thinking. In her drive to pump up her intake of fruits and veggies she came across the recipe for Bieler’s Broth.

  • Walnut paste gives mushroom soup creaminess sans cholesterol Mar 26, 2014 6:08 AM
    M. Eileen Brown has a thing for cream soups. Really, who among us doesn't?! Yet enjoying cream soups often leads to guilt over the fat, calories and cholesterol in each spoonful. Eileen found toasted walnuts ground to a paste and stirred into soup add rich, creamy texture without an ounce of remorse.

  • Soupalooza: Concocting this Curried Carrot Soup a happy convergence Feb 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    It may be in the zeitgeist, but every cookbook, magazine or website I have been on lately features a recipe for Curried Carrot Soup. So I decided to give in and whip up a batch of the spicy orange concoction.

  • Soupalooza: Super versatile lentils a super food Jan 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    While lentils come in a variety of colors, M. Eileen Brown is partial to red lentils, which seems to be the nuttiest in terms of flavor. However, they are not always the easiest to find so feel free to substitute whatever lentils you have on hand or come across at the store for Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro Pesto and Lemon.

  • Soupalooza: Roasted red pepper soup a festive addition to winter menus Dec 22, 2013 12:07 PM
    Roasted red pepper soup with Christmas tree-shaped pesto croutons is about as festive as you can get in the soup world. While soup may not be on your list of holiday menu items, this velvety red potage from the Food Network is perfect for a cozy meal after a hard day of shopping at the mall or even better after an afternoon of shoveling snow.

  • Soupalooza: Don't be scared off by cooking with dried beans Oct 29, 2013 1:26 PM
    When it comes to cooking with dried beans should you soak, or not? That's the question M. Eileen Brown faced when tackling a batch of black bean chili. "For something so ubiquitous and so elemental, cooking dried beans seems to stir up all kinds of opinions, controversies and, for me, angst," she writes.

  • Soupalooza: Learning to root for roots Sep 25, 2013 6:26 AM
    The root of the matter, if you will pardon the pun, is that I know very little about root vegetables. Oh, sure, I know carrots, potatoes and beets, but celery root? No idea. Salsify? Not a clue. On a recent trip to the grocery store, I even mixed up turnips and parsnips. I wouldn't know a rutabaga if you conked me on the head with it.

  • Finding happiness in a bowl of soup Aug 27, 2013 1:00 PM
    What's not to like about a soup called Happiness Soup. The soup, says M. Eileen Brown, is a great late summer-early fall recipe, especially if you have a garden filled with yellow squash. But it's the turmeric that breaks this recipe out of the ordinary. According to a recent article in Psychology Today, turmeric contains something called curcumin, a molecule with antidepressant effects.

  • Soupalooza: Farmers market bounty turns into hearty soup Jul 31, 2013 11:02 AM
    What do you do when you overbuy at the farmers market? When it's too hot to grill, M. Eileen Brown cranks up the A/C and heads into the kitchen to make soup. Her latest batch was a corn-based soup chock full of green beans, squash and peppers.

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