Cheese Soup

One box of fart bombs, please, I said, smiling at the toyshop owner. I put the small, red box emblazoned with caution tape – “MEGA STINKY! GAS MASK REQUIRED!” –  on the counter. The shopkeeper grinned back. It had been his idea, after all. And that’s it for my weak defense. I’m the one who…

Halftime Nachos

Super Bowls: I watch the commercials; I tend to cooking chores or refill my plate during the actual game. Halftime gets my undivided attention if done well, and Bruno Mars did it well last Sunday. That’s about the time these nachos were ready to eat, so I had the best of all worlds: good food,…

Chicken Frijole Soup

Making this soup the other day required deboning a rotisserie chicken in front of a rapt audience of four dogs. They sat two to my left and two to my right, about 150 total pounds of canines quivering with the effort of self-control, their silent yearning palpable: Oh, please, please, drop the bird. They behaved…

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Soup doesn’t have to be seasonal, and by the looks of things in my state, neither does the weather. Snow fell over parts of Arkansas this morning in amounts never recorded before this late in the year. The wet chill in my backyard is confusing the hummingbirds and causing the dogs to make nests out…