Fresh Pea and Mint Soup with Chive Oil (And Garlic Rubbed Toasts)

Springtime is greentime in Seattle. And nothing says springtime better than this vibrantly fresh pea and mint soup from epicurious, via our friend Natalie. Bright, fresh pea flavors mingle with silky, flavorful swirls of chive oil. Add garlic-rubbed toasts for the perfect springtime dinner.

Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil
Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil

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Chicken and Dumplings (+ Mushrooms) For Dinner

A few weekends ago, the skies opened up over the Pacific Northwest, dumping buckets of rain. From the shelter of our car parked down at the beach, we could see the blue-grey rainclouds coming up the inlet a good half mile before they got to us. And then the downpour swept overhead and washed over us, the wind and the rain blurring the view from our little haven into an impressionist’s sea scene. Perfect weather for chicken and dumplings, as the rain beats down on your cozy little tin-roofed cabin.

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings

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Toasted Farro Soup with Tuscan Kale and White Beans

It’s soup season. Time for something hearty and warming and stick-to-your-bones-y. And that means it’s time for farro. One of the oldest cultivated grains and packed with nutritional value, farro is found in the bulk section at your local grocery store.

Farro & Tuscan Kale Soup
Farro & Tuscan Kale Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup with Red Chile and Mint

Waste not, want not is the theme for this (healthy) rich winter squash recipe from the talented cookbook author Deborah Madison, published in Sunset Magazine. No parts of the squash go unused… The peels, seeds and pulp go into a pot of boiling water – along with some coriander seeds and peppercorns – to make the vegetable broth.

Winter Squash Soup with Red Chile and Mint
Winter Squash Soup with Red Chile and Mint

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Cantaloupe Gazpacho

We meant to make honeydew gazpacho, but we think this actually may be cantaloupe gazpacho. The exterior of the melon certainly looked distinctly honeydew-like, but the inside looks and tastes like cantaloupe, so we’re just acting like that’s what we meant to make all along. This is great served alongside fish tacos…

Cantaloupe Gapacho
Cantaloupe Gapacho

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Easy Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

We freakin’ love the bright, lemony flavor of this chicken orzo soup. If your April showers have a little chill on them, this soup is the burst of sunshine to get you through to the May flowers.

Lemony Chicken & Orzo Soup
Lemony Chicken & Orzo Soup

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Mushroom, Miso & Bok Choi Udon Noodles

Spring is nudging its little snout around the corner in Seattle, and whuffling at our door. We’re welcoming in the new season with fresh greens and warm broth – and this bowl of udon noodles has both.

Udon Noodles in Mushroom Broth
Udon Noodles in Mushroom Broth

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