Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu February 4, 2016
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You can always forgo the cream and relish, and simply garnish the soup with a small sprig of parsley.

It’s soup season!

Chase the winter chill away with a zesty bowl of soup

Last year, much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. endured snowstorm after snowstorm. Right now, where I live in Southern California, we’re in the grip of what meteorologists have been saying may be the biggest El Nino rain system ever. Yes, winter can feel like a burden. But I like to think of it in much more optimistic terms: It’s perfect soup season. Whether you’re facing a day of snow, rain or simply cooler-than-normal temperatures, a ... READ MORE

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I’m always surprised by how often people talk about so-called “convenience” foods — meals that have been prepared in advance and are sold in supermarkets either ready to serve or to reheat and eat. As a result, time and again, home cooks are putting food that is past its prime on their dining tables. It’s often pumped up with salt, sugar and all sorts of additives that aren’t good for anyone.