Spicy Chickpea and Leek Soup with Kale

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Mar 012014
 
Mark and Jared at the Chopping Block

Mark and Jared at the Chopping Block

Last Christmas, Natalie gifted our oldest son, Jared and me with a cooking class at The Chopping Block which is a wonderful cooking school and gourmet shop at Lincoln Square in Chicago. (See the link at the left) This was my second class there,  and the first for Jared — hopefully there will be many more.

One of the recipes that we prepared was this soup, and it is to die for. It uses fall and winter vegetables, is very healthy, and is hearty enough to be a complete meal. The combination of spices creates a rich, unique and complex flavor palette. Jared and I couldn’t wait to try this at home, which we both did the week after the class. It is certainly going to be a fall and winter favorite. Many thanks to The Chopping Block for this wonderful recipe.

 

Gulyas Leves (Goulash Soup)

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Mar 262012
 

When I was growing up, despite being immersed in Hungarian cookery, no one in the family ever made Hungarian Goulash. I guess it wasn’t part of the Northern Hungarian cuisine.

When Jared and Izabella went to Hungary a couple of years ago, Jared had Gulyas cooked over an open fire at the farm of Izabella’s uncle. The next Christmas, Jared asked for a Bogracs (cooking pot) and a tripod, which he received. We finally tried it out with Jared and Izabella making us Gulyas Leves just as Izabella’s family made it in Romania. The recipe is a bit loose so adjust the quantities according to your taste. You don’t have to cook it over a fire (but that’s the fun part), a pot on the stove will work , but you’ll lose the smokey flavor that comes from the fire. Enjoy!

Señor Marc’s Gazpacho

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Jun 172011
 

This is an end of summer recipe when the garden is yielding more bounty than you know what to do with. It is a great summer meal served with fresh cornbread. I went through many Gazpacho recipes and finally developed this one after lots of experimentation. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the gift of summer and the abundance of the earth with family and friends.