Soups are perfect for this transitional season: sunny, but still cold and sloppy! (Have had a craving for a borscht with a dollop of sour cream. (Tempted to try from scratch, but if you've ever boiled red beets, you will understand my reticence!) :S
I’d been wanting to make a minestrone for a while after my sister-in-law made one over the Thanksgiving weekend, and perusing Ina Garten’s new book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, in anticipation of tomorrow night, lo and behold! Done. And yep, it’s solid and delicious. Takes a few minutes of chopping, but it comes together in a flash. Be organized, and dinner’s ready in a half hour. I say it all the time and I know Ina joins me: Cook your own food.