In addition to releasing pleasure-inducing endorphins into the blood, spicy foods are thought to provide many health benefits from weight-loss, to cancer prevention. On-going research is uncovering new benefits almost daily.
A healthful and hearty homemade lentil soup. The recipe can be easily modified for vegetarians and vegans.
A quick and easy recipe for Chicken Soup that uses ground chicken for maximum flavor.
Variations of this dish can be found in Hungarian, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian cuisine. Sour cream and caramelized onions make this an Eastern European comfort food.
A Childhood Favorite
I remember with great fondness, the taste of the clam chowder that was served at the Jones Beach, N.Y. concession stands when I was a kid. It was a Manhattan-style clam chowder but wasn't the tomato-heavy variety that is served in most restaurants. I came up with this recipe which is pretty close to the flavor I remember. While the recipe originally calls for clams, I've lately been using salmon and found it to be very good. As a bonus, it's a treat for my friends who have shellfish allergies.
We always called them Russian Christmas cookies when I was a kid. My mother called them Kiflice (Kif-lic-uh). They are a tradition in many Eastern European countries and there are many different recipes. This is the recipe that my Ruthenian grandmother used and taught to my mother.