About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Potato Soup with Carrots and Celery

When Deborah, our Queen Bee organizer, asked if someone was willing to pick up an extra soup to make I jumped at the opportunity. After a warm March things had turned decidedly cool again and I was craving a 'bone-warming' soup! A potato soup with carrots and celery seemed to be just the thing to warm me up.

Marcella writes that this was one of the first recipes that she learned to make after her marriage. I imagine that she was never taught an exact recipe, printed out on a card, instead she was taught a technique. Having perfected this technique over the years she is able to use her well honed skill of communicating with home cooks to provide a culinary masterpiece that is beguiling in its simplicity.

There isn't much to this soup - potatoes, some vegetables, cheese, milk, and broth. Yet this simple ingredient list produces a soup with a wonderful contrast in textures and flavour. We enjoyed it last week but it was even better today - proving that all good soups (like people) just get better with time!

In Italian this soup is Minestrina Tricolore - referring to the three colours of the Italian flag. Here you have the white of the potato, the orange of the carrot, and the green of the parsley. All in all, a very pretty soup to look at, even better to TASTE!

Comments (4)


I know I would love this soup too Michele. I never thought of the different vegetables relating to the colors of the Italian flag (other than Pizza margherita). great photo!
We're having a cold snap today in Boston so this soup would be perfect for dinner tonight!

Rah! Rah!

I am really enjoying all of these soup posts. I love soup and wish we had it more often. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work everyone!

Love the grilled bread on top...and so lusciously golden!

That looks delicious (and beautiful)! It also looks very comforting!

I really want to try this one soon!

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