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April 19, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Vegetarian asparagus soup recipes (hot and cold)

Chilled asparagus soup with spinach and avocado, from Simple Nourished Living (via Soup Chick).

I know I'm rushing the season a bit, but I just can't help it. I adore asparagus, and as soon as it starts to show up in the grocery store -- from who-knows-where -- I lose my resolve to wait until May, when I can buy local spears at the farmers' market. If you're impatient like I am, or if you're lucky enough to live in a place where you can get local asparagus now, this Simmer is for you. Most of the time, I reach for chicken stock when I'm making asparagus soup, but today I'm sharing links to recipes like this chilled asparagus soup with spinach and avocado, from Simple Nourished Living, that do not use chicken stock as a base. Asparagus soups are delicious hot or cold, which means these recipes will carry you through from now until late summer.

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April 12, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Tortilla soup recipes

White bean chipotle chicken tortilla soup, from Soup Addict (via Soup Chick).

My husband Ted's aunt and uncle live near Lake Chapala in central Mexico. On one of our visits, on one of those blazing hot days that sound so good to us here in Rhode Island at this time of year, we went out for lunch to a little local restaurant, and we ordered tortilla soup, nothing as inventive as this white bean chipotle chicken tortilla soup from Soup Addict, but very good. Yes, it is true: hot soup on a hot day will help you cool down. Eventually. The cooling doesn't happen right away, but it does happen. In the meantime, your mouth tingles from the chile peppers in the tomato-y soup, mingled with the bite of some lime juice and the crunch of tortillas. It's sublime, really.

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April 5, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Slow cooker or stovetop chicken stew recipes

Crockpot Jamaican spiced chicken stew, from Jeanette's Healthy Living (via Soup Chick).

With the possible exception of chocolate cake, nothing in the world soothes the aching spirit more than chicken stew. And when we need to soothe our aching bodies, too, these are the recipes to do the job. Now that most of the snow has melted off the garden, we're out there on weekends tidying up, pruning and trimming and hauling debris to the compost pile. At the end of a long day of yard work, a nice hot chicken stew is most welcome indeed. Use your slow cooker when you can, as Jeanette did in this Crock Pot Jamaican spiced chicken stew, from Jeanette's Healthy Living, but remember that all of these recipes can be made on the stovetop as well.

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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