Showing posts from April, 2006

Plant Sale Soup

The Recipe: A hearty hamburger soup recipe with beans, vegetables and pasta, great for feeding a crowd. Wondering about the name, Plant Sale Soup? You've got to admit, it's an unusual name for a soup! This is the soup that the Webster Groves Herb Society feeds its volunteers during its annual spring plant sale!The Conversation: Now's the time to plant fresh herbs to carry you through the summer. Never done it before? Check out this challenge, Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again.
"We loved this soup! ... homey and comforting and hearty and delicious." ~ Felicia
"... it was INCREDIBLE! Definitely making this again." ~ Wendy
Do farmers and home vegetable gardeners feel as proud picking fresh corn and tomatoes from their gardens as I do snipping herbs from pots?Lucky for home cooks, fresh herbs are sold year-round in grocery stores, convenient albeit expensive.But now’s the perfect time to plant a few herbs in sunny spots, either in the ground or in pot…

Sole with Mushrooms & Onions

For the last few weeks, nearby churches have hosted fund-raiser fish fries on Friday nights. By six o’clock, the kitchens bustled with volunteers and the parish halls echoed with conversation and laughter.Friday Fish. It can hit just the right note on spring nights, even after Easter. It’s lighter than the heavy stews and braised meats of winter, like doffing the heavy coat for a light jacket. And it’s quick to prepare and cook, letting us linger outside as the days lengthen.There, the cool evening air, warmed by afternoon sunshine, beckons. Even mowing the fast-growing grass is a pleasure. In the garden, plants muscle their way out of the dirt. Many need dividing, or moving, still others seem slow to appear, causing worry about winter damage.Ahhhh, spring.This easy fish dish spends 20 minutes in the oven – time enough to cook a vegetable and make a salad – and comes out moist and flavorful.So spend a few minutes a-bustle in your own kitchen then recruit a table-setter and call the f…

Hot Cross Buns: A Recipe Tradition for Easter

My long-time favorite recipe for Hot Cross Buns, the sweet buns topped with icing in a cross shape traditional at Easter, especially on Good Friday.
"I had to make them! ... They are irresistible." ~ Anne
"We have made them for the last couple of years. This year we glazed them with maple syrup and they turned out beautifully." ~ Krissy
"I made these last night, delicious!" ~Becki on Facebook Birthdays aren’t birthdays without balloons. July 4th isn’t the Fourth of July without a flag-filled parade. And a particular Thursday in November isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey.In the Christian tradition, Good Friday’s resurrection promise begs no adornment or heraldry.Still, in many homes around the world, Good Friday isn’t Good Friday without rich, spiced buns topped with crosses to signify Christ’s sacrifice.One year, my sister called early Good Friday, wondering if our mother were ‘beaming from heaven’ because her daughters were each elbow-deep i…