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A plethora of peppers at an outdoor market (at a great price) prompted me to prepare this soup.

This soup can scare away the chill of any day in one spoonful. Pair it up with Russian Black Bread, or the best house Pumpernickle Bread you can find or bake for a meal that is staying and flavorful as you could wish for. To make this meatier, add chunky beef bones or some strips of flank steak. To serve this as refined but hearty fare, serve smaller portions, top with sour cream, finely shredded pickled or cooked beets and fresh herbs dusted on top. The real secret to this fabulous rustic soup is the interplay between the brown sugar, cabbage, onions, and citric acid. It is an immediate hit of sour/sweet. Citric acid is available at pharmacies, health food stores or online from places such as King Arthur. If you don't have it, use the lemon juice substitute.

This is peasant soup, aka Ribolitta, and is in the Soup chapter of my cookbook, When Bakers Cook. It is pure sunshine and comes with a grandmother's love in each spoonful. This is not just vegetable soup – this is a legend; you will find versions of it all over Italy but certainly on the Internet which shows that we all know a good thing when we see it. In the kitchen, borders just don't count when it comes to good taste. This soup is indescribably heart-warming and flavorful. Don’t forget that heel (or rubbery rind) of that hunk of Parmesan cheese you almost threw out – it is part of makes this soup outstanding. Wherever you are in the world, whether it is summer, spring, winter or fall - this soup will do you proud.

Cold weather and inaugurations call for heartwarming soup. Senate Bean Soup is something the entire U.S. Congress has always agreed on and is purportedly served daily, in the Capital Building restaurant for over 100 years (perhaps like most great bean soups, they simply keep adding more water). My version uses a bit of liquid smoke in lieu of the ham hock, which is the traditional, rout and cubed potatoes (instead of mashed), so maybe this could be the start of some discord. Nah. This is great soup.  Wright’s Liquid Smoke is the one we use in the test kitchen.  Soak the beans overnight or in the morning and make the soup mid afternoon in time for supper. This is a non-partisan, crowd pleasing soup.

A business meeting at a delightful outdoor cafe is the inspiration for this soup. My lunch appointment person had this soup (I went with tuna panini). Just from the aroma of the steaming soup in its crockery bowl, I knew I had to recreate it. The spinach is optional and you can also choose to add cumin and coriander (without those spices, this is rustic East European; with them, you get a Middle Eastern flair). What’s nice about this soup is that it is not heavily spiced in one tradition or another but it is a crossroads between gourmet health food cafe and East European. It’s also not too heavy, making a great soup for any season – even summer, alongside quiche or a panini. From (c) When Bakers Cook, Marcy Goldman


This soup is also known as "Dahl"and it refers to an Indian version of lentil soup. It is light but soothing, silken with spice, lemon and a dollop of yogurt on top, lemon slice garnish with fresh cilantro. Mop it up with homemade nan.

This is the sunniest, most hearty, and rustic vegetarian soup you'll ever experience. It's a trip to Provence in each delicious spoonful. Serve with hunks of cheese and sheared off chunks of fresh French bread.

A hearty pinto bean soup that sticks to your ribs. You can use almost any sort of dried beans for this soup and add 1-2 tablespoons of barley to make it a bit more rustic. When I make this soup without meat, I add a few drops of liquid smoke for flavour.

A rich and satisfying bowl.

This is the Asian chicken soup remedy, good for what ails you and even when nothing does. Especially then – sometimes you just need the tonic. You can vary the add-ins and feel free to make this vegetarian style, or leave out the tofu if it's not your thing. This is only as good as the chicken broth used. Traditionally this does not contain noodles but I often add cellophane or Chinese egg noodles. The sesame oil called for is the toasted, full-flavored type. Smoked Chinese chicken is ideal but any leftover, cooked or roasted chicken breast is fine.

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