Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…

Deliciously Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

My husband’s garden continues to produce a bountiful supply of tomatoes (check out his post at Main Line Haven) so my daughter suggested tomato soup. Tomato soup is surprisingly easy to make. You just need tomatoes and a few simple ingredients. It’s fast and delicious. Total prep time: 10 minutes.  Total cooking time: about 30…

Watermelon Gazpacho

As the days get warmer, chilled soup is a light and refreshing summer treat. This recipe is a twist on traditional tomato-based gazpacho, using watermelon instead. Watermelon is refreshingly light and sweet, complimenting the chopped fresh vegetables and herbs. This recipe is so easy. All you need is a blender and a bowl. Fresh mint…

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Here’s a rustic, Tuscan-style bean soup that’s ready in 10 minutes. This recipe by Marcella Hazan embraces simplicity and balance, hallmarks of her cooking. It’s a perfect choice for a meatless meal any night of the week.  Serve it over a slice of crusty, whole grain bread with a freshly tossed green salad. Ingredients: 1/2 cup…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

This recipe is from the first cooking class I attended right out of college. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. I love this recipe because it’s a perfect summer chowder filled with colorful, garden fresh vegetables. It does require some…