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Friday, November 5, 2010

Bronx Foodie: Soup Day

PHOTOS: Some of fresh seasonal produce you can find at Tita Mini-Market on Gun Hill Road. (By Alina Rodriguez)

The Bronx Foodie column launched last week with a post on Montefiore's Food Education Project. Thanks to everyone who commented. We appreciate the feedback and we're always glad to hear from our readers.

Since it's getting colder outside, we've decided to focus on soup today. And in response to some of the comments we received last week, we're picking recipes that feature seasonal vegetables that are accessible at most Bronx supermarkets and produce stands. An added bonus is that vegetable soups can be cheaper than meat-based soups. If you're craving more than vegetables, we've also included an easy chicken noodle soup recipe at the end.

We checked out Sustainable Table, an organization that advocates eating seasonally and locally, to find out which vegetables are in season now: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, celery, and onions. We've also seen lots of green beans and squash at the local produce stand.

If you're new to making soup, do some searching online until you find a recipe you are comfortable with. A basic soup recipe usually starts with a base of onions, carrots, celery with a large amount of chicken or vegetable stock. You can add almost anything else, including vegetables, beans, meat, potatos, or pasta.

Let us know if you try any of these recipes, or if you find additional soup recipes for fall vegetables.

15 Fall Vegetable Soups

Spicy Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Broccoli Soup

Silky Cauliflower Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup


  1. Where are these pictures from?

  2. Yes, I'd like to know where the pics are from as well - the produce looks great. Which store is it?

  3. The pictures are from the Tita Mini Market on Gun Hill Road by Bainbridge Avenue. Bedford Park also has a great produce store on Bedford Park Ave. between Jerome and Grand Concourse. Can anyone recommend other good sources for produce in the BX?

  4. We get pretty good produce from a green grocer on Bainbridge near the 206th Street D train entrance.


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