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Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe with Ramps (or Garlic)

This creamy asparagus soup recipe with ramps (or garlic) is great as a first course on its own, or as a more substantial lunch or dinner with the addition of some hefty garnishes.

Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe with Ramps or Garlic, a great spring soup recipe

I’m such a lifelong fan of this method of making asparagus that it took me a while to really care about cooking it other ways. Of course there’s the wonderful blender hollandaise approach, the occasional pizza, and even a rhyming rustic tart. Asparagus spears are so pretty that I hadn’t really gotten around to blitzing them in a blender until more recently. But man, right now we can’t get enough of this silky, springy, creamy asparagus soup.  (more…)

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Halloumi

These grilled chicken sandwiches with halloumi, red bell peppers, arugula, and a really tasty, herby sauce are bursting with Greek-inspired flavors.

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Halloumi | Umami Girl

Grilling should be nice and easy, don’t you think? Usually that’s because grilling is for relaxed, beautiful summer days — though recently in New Jersey we’ve been needing easy grilling recipes because it’s hard to dodge wind gusts and lightning bolts and hold an umbrella and grill something complicated all at the same time. Regardless of your motive, it’s great to be able to keep it simple while also keeping it interesting and delicious and not just all about the burgers and dogs. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  (more…)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe | Umami GirlHappy Friday, happy June, and a very happy rhubarb season to you. Is there anything better than the flavor combination of strawberries and rhubarb? Nothing I’d put in a recipe post, anyway. We woke up in Princeton this morning for our 20th — 20th! — college reunion, which will occupy every moment and corner of memory and ounce of social energy from now until Sunday. But earlier in the week I was smart enough to dig up this strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe from very early on in the Umami Girl archives and make it for dessert plus breakfasts. It’s pretty much this recipe’s 10th college reunion right now. Doesn’t it look great?

(Psst…maybe check out our other crisps and crumbles, too.) (more…)

The Aficionado Cocktail

The Aficionado Gin Vermouth Cocktail Recipe | Umami Girl

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I went to college in the land of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and my drinking sensibility starts there. A dirty martini with three big olives has always been one of my top three classic cocktails, and so a good dry vermouth has been in my life for as long as it’s been legally allowed. Cinzano has been making its Italian vermouth since 1757, and I’m 41 now, so let’s just say we’ve been friends for kind of a long time. And let’s just say that when I had the opportunity to create a new cocktail as part of Cinzano’s upcoming Respect the Drink project, I felt like I’d been training for this opportunity for half my life.  (more…)

Easy Potato Salad Recipe with Bacon and Herbs (and No Mayo)

This easy potato salad recipe with bacon and plenty of fresh herbs is super-flavorful. It holds up well on a buffet or at a BBQ/picnic since it’s mayo-free.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe with Bacon and Herbs No Mayo | Umami Girl

Potato salad makes me happy. That sounds basic, maybe. I don’t care. (Man, it’s good to be 41.)

My OG potato salad was a mayonnaisey number from Steck’s Delicatessen in Bridgewater, NJ. I’d sometimes go with my dad to buy a couple of pounds of it before family parties. At Gratzer parties we didn’t just throw a bunch of burgers and dogs onto the grill. You had to declare in advance, publicly, to a man with a note pad and pen, what you wanted. We had some big eaters in the family back then, so it wasn’t uncommon to hear an unabashed, “Two cheeseburgers and three hot dogs, with buns.” You had to declare your buns, too.

Still, everyone seemed to have room for potato salad. (more…)


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