Keeping cool and carrying on with chilled cucumber-avocado soup

Sometimes, salads get to be a bit mundane in the middle of a summer heat wave. That’s when a chilled gazpacho or other cold soup variant is a nice change of pace. My adaptation of a Martha Stewart Living recipe is a summer must-try: Summer-fresh English cucumbers add lightness and volume to the richness and…

Curried English Pea Soup

Fresh, green English peas evoke memories of spring. A healthy dash of  curry powder and cayenne pepper give this soup enough of a kick to make one curious for more. Substitute vegetable broth for chicken and your meal is vegetarian friendly, also. This soup is not photogenic (“Pea green” has its reputation to uphold). Yet…

Rustic mushroom soup: Bring home the flavors of Estonia

Soup is the quintessential winter food. Nothing can get rid of bone-chilling cold better than a hearty bowl of steaming soup. In the Baltics, where winter and darkness try to dampen the soul, I imagine soup is all but a necessity. At least in my experience there, I found no shortage of amazing soups –…