Stirring the Pot: Valeria Dreams of Paprika
Ruthie Cohen stirs the pot this month with paprika-rich Hungarian bean soup, courtesy of Valeria Varga, senior lecturer in IU’s Hungarian Studies program. Hungary is known for its paprika, and Valeria makes cooking demonstrations an essential part of her summer courses. “There is nothing like the aroma and the color of paprika,” Valeria says. Click here for the story and recipe!
Stirring the Pot: Spice Girl
Limestone Post’s food sage, Ruthie Cohen, settles a domestic dispute by offering us recipes inspired by her daughter Leigh, the last of the Cohen kids to be featured in her column. Ruthie says Leigh “embodies the essential ingredients that ignite: a zest for life, a fire in her belly, a brash sizzle, and a subtle hint of sweetness.” Click here for Ruthie’s Leigh-inspired recipes.
Stirring the Pot: Ruthie’s Plant Power Recipes
For too many reasons to ignore, LP food columnist Ruthie Cohen says her lifelong love affair with dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, and fish has come to an end. But the breakup is not heartbreaking. Rather, she's now in a healthier relationship with a little more spice — and grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Click here for four of Ruthie’s recipes that harness plant power.
Stirring the Pot: Dump Trucks and Donabes
Her grandson’s fascination with dump trucks has helped Ruthie Cohen to up her game in the kitchen. Now she considers “other methods and materials for cooking.” Led by “a little child with his toy bulldozer in hand,” she explores how a Japanese donabe and a Tunisian tagine can enrich your kitchen creations. Click here to read the full story.
Stirring the Pot: Mini Mommy
“Every family has its outliers,” writes Ruthie Cohen in Stirring the Pot. The outlier in her family is Eve, aka “Mini Mommy,” the only one of Ruthie’s five children who shares her enthusiasm for cooking. “Mea culpa,” admits Ruthie. But her and Eve’s time in the kitchen has inspired some hearty winter fare. Click here to read the full story.
Stirring the Pot: Pantry Raid
Ruthie Cohen keeps little food in her refrigerator, and yet she’s known to whip up three-course dinners without a trip to the store. How? She raids her pantry. Limestone Post’s resident sage shares her “Very Subjective, Idiosyncratic, Essential List” for a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Click here to read the full story.
Stirring the Pot: Flour, Yeast, Salt, Water, and Love — Bloomington Bakers
Among the many talented people in B-town, some nurture our minds, some our souls, some our bellies, writes Ruthie Cohen. Surround a creative person with “caring mentors and a supportive community, and watch her grow.” In her column, Stirring the Pot, Ruthie profiles a few of the nurturing souls in kitchens across town.
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Stirring the Pot: Shaking Up the Repertoire
Ruthie Cohen says planning a menu can be like reaching for a favorite pair of jeans. Resorting to reliable recipes can make us forget dishes that are “too basic or too fussy or too old-fashioned.” But also delicious. Our Stirring the Pot columnist suggests shaking up the repertoire by resurrecting old faves. Click here to read the full story.