Curried Sweet Potato Soup

orange pot with sweet potato soup inside

This recipe is from From Scratch.

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My first book! From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook intended for people just becoming comfortable in their own kitchens. Just like with Good and Cheap, the PDF is free. Print copies are a pricier than you might expect because this book is printed on demand (1 copy at a time).

January makes me want to eat soup. Actually even more than eating soup it makes me want to make soup. This curried sweet potato soup is from my first cookbook, From Scratch. It’s super hearty and satisfying, and the thick texture makes it feel like it’s really sticking to your ribs! But since January is, for so many, a time to focus on eating more vegetables and generally taking care of our health, this soup also fits the health bill. It’s basically a pot of puréed vegetables, but you will feel a lot more full (and warm!) than if you just drank a bunch of green juice.

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Cheddar and Potato Perogies

pan-fried pierogi with sour cream and scallions

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

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Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

Still looking to maximize friend and family time in this zone between Christmas and New Years? Cooking and baking together can be so much fun, and perogy-making is the perfect project to do in groups! And hearty, cheesy, starchy, satisfying perogies are just what your body craves during the cold months. In my hometown, Edmonton there is a big Ukrainian population and Ukrainian grandmothers often gather in church basements to make the most delicious perogies together. So let’s be inspired by them and have a perogy-making party! The best part is that everyone can leave with a bag or two of these delicious cheddar and potato perogies for the freezer.

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Warm Brown Sugar Pear Cake

close up of warm brown sugar pear cake

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

Still away in the cold north for the holidays but I wanted to share this quick and easy (and festive, dare I say) warm brown sugar pear cake with you. I made it just before leaving and couldn’t bear not to share it with you. It’s based on the peach coffee cake from Good and Cheap, and uses pears in place of peaches and nutmeg in place of cinnamon. This is a good reminder that this cake recipe is mega adaptable to just about any fruit. I love it so much. It gets all browned and crunchy and sweet on the outside, and gooey and soft and moist and sticky on the inside. Oh man.

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Creamy, Spicy, Cauliflower Soup

cauliflower soup topped with cheddar and scallions with sliced baguette

This recipe is from From Scratch.

From Scratch cover 2nd edition

My first book! From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook intended for people just becoming comfortable in their own kitchens. Just like with Good and Cheap, the PDF is free. Print copies are a pricier than you might expect because this book is printed on demand (1 copy at a time).

Another classic from the archives while I’m away for the holidays. This Cauliflower soup is also from my first cookbook, From Scratch. I put it in with my middle sister, Emily, in mind and it totally worked, she makes it all the time (or so she claims!). It’s right for her because she is always trying to eat more vegetables, but they are not her favorite thing. This soup is almost pure vegetables, but it’s also creamy and warm and satisfying and a little spicy and cheesy; just right for the reluctant vegetable eater.

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Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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