COOKING ON DEADLINE: Silky Leek Soup

No matter how many dazzling things we have the good fortune to eat in our lives, we often remember the simplest meals with as much power and affection as the fanciest. A humble, pureed vegetable soup is among those particular pleasures. Also, Proustian prose aside, if you’re feeling lazy, you can get from a few ingredients to deliciousness in no time.

Shrimp with pineapple brings elegance, sweetness

After all the cooking and shopping that the holidays inspire us to do, I’m looking forward to pulling out some easy recipes that use pantry ingredients that I keep on hand. One of my favorite items to keep in the freezer is frozen shrimp.

Pair pork with cabbage for a tasty main dish

If you’re tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here’s a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner. All you have to do is cook it up sweet and sour and — voila! — your side dish is now ready to walk down the aisle arm in arm with pork in any form: chops, smoked chops, roast, ham, Canadian bacon, kielbasa, Italian sausages. Really, there’s nothing required — no sauces, no extras — other than cooking the pork and lowering it onto the cabbage. What makes this dish such a good partner for pork? Its sourness cuts right through the meat’s natural fattiness.

Let them eat (pan)cakes

Hello to all of our faithful readers. This week, I would like to rerun a couple recipes that some of you have been asking about. Next week, I’ll be filling you in on more of what is happening in the Yoder household with our ever-eventful life with six little ones in the house!