New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder Recipe - Andrea Meyers

New England clam chowder ranks in my Top 10 list of comfort foods, and it’s one of my favorite things to order in seafood restaurants. Recipes for clam chowder are hotly contested, and if you get into a discussion about chowder with New Englanders you are likely to get a wide variety of opinions on…

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Curried Lentil and Potato Stew

Curried Lentil and Potato Stew - Andrea Meyers

I’m not a summer soup person, and you generally won’t find soup on the menu around our house until the first frost. The weather isn’t even remotely cold here yet and I’m still wearing shorts, but for some reason I had a craving for this stew. I love stews with lots of flavor, and this…

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Ajiaco Bogotano (Colombia)

Ajiaco Bogotano (Colombia) - Andrea Meyers

For me this is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s also my favorite food from my years overseas. It’s a great weekend soup, but it’s also a celebration meal for the Bogotanos who often make very large pots of this soup for festive occasions such as Christmas. They typically serve the soup in black bowls…

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Chiles

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Chiles - Andrea Meyers

My husband isn’t fond of sweet potatoes because they are, well, too sweet. I can certainly understand his sentiment given the many sweet potato dishes incorporating sugar or marshmallows and taking on a noxiously sweet flavor. I don’t like that kind of sweet potato dish, either, but due to my Southern heritage I enjoy and…

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Papas Fritas con Rajas (Fried Potatoes with Poblano Pepper Strips)

Papas Fritas con Rajas (Fried Potatoes with Poblano Pepper Strips) - Andrea Meyers

I’ve been craving fried potatoes. Not Southern style hash browns, although I do like those…but that’s another post. No, I wanted something with a bit of a kick. This Mexican version is it. It’s such as simple dish, but the flavor is wonderful. It makes a great side dish for grilled steaks or chicken.