Ditch the dairy and still make flavorful, creamy soup

This Sept. 14, 2015 photo shows roasted cauliflower and greens soup with cheese-covered rye toasts in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This time of year, with the weather getting colder, I love to serve soup for supper. It’s an easy sell at my house, where The Husband is a soup-aholic. But with a soup this good, I firmly believe you can sell it to anyone. The trick is to amp up the flavor, vary the texture and make it substantial.

Indoor plant displays: built-ins, wall pockets and more

This photo taken in May 2013 shows a living garden bathroom wall at a private residence in San Francisco, Calif. The wall garden was designed by San Francisco-based integral design studio Siol Studios. (Paul Dyer Photography/Siol Studios via AP)

Imagine stepping into a bathtub, and instead of bathroom tiles lining the wall next to you, there’s a fresh vertical garden, lush with bright green ferns, lavender, baby’s tears, mint and other fragrant plants.

Chicken Tikka Masala that’s easy and full of flavor

This September 2016 photo shows chicken tikka masala in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

I’m a big fan of saving takeout and delivery food for true cravings, not convenience. Even the healthiest of eaters has a few culinary vices — for us, it’s Indian and Thai food and pizza delivery.

Prune or replace

Question: We purchased a home recently which is overgrown with mature trees and shrubs. Some of them are blocking our views. We don’t know whether to prune all of them or start removing some of them.

A bit of acid and fat for flavorful fish

This Aug. 3, 2015 photo shows tortilla crusted tilapia with pickled red onions and crema in Concord, NH. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Given how quickly it cooks, fish stands out as the perfect candidate for a weeknight meal, especially in the fall, when the resurgence of school and work can seem like the onset of hurricane season.

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