Fall Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

Fall Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

This Halloween, I decided to go with a Star Wars theme.  I wasn’t sure if it would work out… but I planned out some ideas… and the night before, I stayed up way too late carving a Death Star Jack O’Lantern and a Yoda Jack O’Lantern.  (I also made a Darth Vader one…. but it [...]

Thai Pumpkin-Shrimp Coconut Soup

Thai Pumpkin-Shrimp Coconut Soup

Whenever I cook with shrimp, I save the discarded raw shells in the freezer to make soup stock in the future.  Once I have enough shells accumulated, I know I can make this soup from “leftovers” that are hanging around in the refrigerator! You can use pumpkin puree, carrot puree, or tomato paste to flavor [...]

Sweet Taro and Tapioca Dessert Soup


It’s been cold and rainy the past couple of days.  :(  This is the kind of weather where you want to relax on the couch with some hot tea and watch movies all day (Alien vs. Predator anyone?).  I felt like making a warm and comforting dessert… and since I just bought some taro at [...]

Shrimp Gumbo

shrimp gumbo

(Original Post Date:  December 21, 2010) The weather here in San Diego has been rainy and cold all week long… and like many native Californians, this kind of weather makes me want to curl up in a ball (and not get out of bed), turn the heater on full blast, and eat nothing but soup.  [...]

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball soup

(Original Post Date:  December 11, 2010) Once in awhile, I will have a craving for the Matzo Ball Soup from Brent’s Jewish Deli.  Their matzo balls are light and fluffy – and so good!  (Plus, they serve the soup with this wonderful cheese bread and pickles!)  The problem is that I don’t live anywhere near Brent’s [...]

Mika’s Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian)

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

(Original Post Date:  October 2, 2010) According to my Taiwanese/Chinese husband, there are two versions of this famous beef soup in Taiwan: a slightly sweet mild version, and a really spicy/more savory version.  After trying out a bunch of different recipes for a “David approved” beef noodle soup, I finally perfected the recipe into this [...]

F- Clam Chowder and Lazy Biscuits

clam chowder

(Original Post Date:  September 10, 2010) Just last week I posted about how it seemed that summer was finally here… but it looks like I spoke too soon, because our 1 week of hot summer weather rolled right over into a crisp fall cold spell.  It’s been so cold lately that it makes me want [...]