Category Archives: Soup

growing home csa week 2

CSA Week 2

Even though it is only the second week, I’m already so happy that we joined a CSA this summer. It is pretty nice to drop by Green City and just buy some strawberries and cherries and know that I’m already set for most of my veggies. This week we received a few repeats in our CSA share from the week before including asparagus, kale, lettuce, bok choy, japanese turnip, dill and spinach. But we also got carrots, broccoli, garlic scapes, and cilantro. I decided to make a big pot of veggie soup, loosely inspired by this recipe, to pack for lunches for the week. Since the summer solstice is tomorrow, celebrate now with this “spring” soup.

Spring Minestrone Soup

Last Day of Spring Soup
Recipe loosely based on Spring Minestrone Soup

I used what I had on hand but this is really adaptable. Let me know if you try another mix of veggies!

1 onion, diced [I regretted not grabbing a bunch of spring onions to use]
2 large or 3-4 carrots, diced
1 russet potato, diced into spoon sized pieces
1 quart of chicken or veggie broth [I used chicken since I have 6 quarts to use up before next month's move]
5-6 stalks of asparagus, diced
1/2 a large bok choy, stalks diced, leaves cut into ribbons
quick pesto (just food process a handful of basil leaves with a clove of garlic and some olive oil)

Saute onion in some olive oil in a dutch oven or other large pot until softened. Add carrot, bok choy stalks and potatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Salt and Pepper to taste. I threw in a little ground chipotle pepper at this point to give it a little depth. Add the quart of chicken broth and a quart of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until potato chunks are fork tender. Add asparagus and bok choy leaves. Simmer for a few more minutes. Taste, adjust seasonings as necessary.

chunky lentil soup

Chunky Lentil Soup

I love Thanksgiving. I really do. Mashed Potatoes made with copious amounts of butter. Homemade green bean casserole. My Mom’s Cornbread Stuffing. 3 different kinds of pie. Blue Bell Homestyle Vanilla Ice Cream. This year, Dave and I traveled to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and a large amount of my Dad’s side of the family. Continue reading

“the pollen count has been wicked”

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

In the past week, Chicago has just exploded with Spring. Tulips are open and blooming in all the flower beds and the trees are filled with green buds and flowers. Beautiful, yes. Good for the allergies, no. {PS-Can anyone name the source of the post title quote?} Continue reading

fickle spring

"Dave's" Chili

A few days ago, I was having a difficult time coming up with some way to talk about this chili recipe. Chili doesn’t really seem like an appropriate top to discuss while experiencing the first 80+ degree weekend, when my apartment is stuffy and hot because the heat hasn’t been switched to A/C. But I finally dug out this recipe from my mom and have made it a few times over the winter, and just not talked about it. Still, I was wary to bring it up. Continue reading

cheesy comfort

Broccoli, Red Pepper, Cheddar Chowder

For a few semesters of college, I got a job working at Panera a few days a week. It was a perfect college job. Never had to show up too early since I wasn’t actually baking anything and it also wasn’t too late since the cafe closed at 9PM. The best thing about working the closing shift in the bakery was the free food. We were free to make up a bag of bread and bakery goodies to take home with us (all the leftover bakery stuff was donated every night and there was always plenty). This was also the semester that I lived in my sorority house so I would come home and stick the bag of goodies outside my door. I think my popularity got kicked up a few notches those semesters. But the greatest thing about Panera, at least I thought so at the time, are the soups. Specifically, the broccoli cheese soup. Cheesy, comforting, almost always on the menu, perfect. Now that I make more and more of my own soups, I really dislike store bought because they are always flavorless except for the obscene amounts of salt. Continue reading

spicy lentil soup

Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup

Now that most of my friends are lawyers, rather than law students (and no longer needing to plow through case law), we seem to fill our evenings with girls’ nights at BYOB sushi joints and potlucks with copious amounts of wine. This is all well and good but suddenly almost two weeks have passed and I haven’t stopped by here to tell you about what I have been eating and cooking in my own kitchen. Granted, last weekend, I didn’t have time to make my weekly grocery run so Dave and I were digging out dinner from the freezer which doesn’t make very interesting blog fodder. And the recipes (including this one) that I have managed to make, and take pictures of, have been after the sun has set which doesn’t make for great pictures. Continue reading

baked in a bowl

Baked Potato Soup

Sorry that I haven’t been adding much content to this place lately.  The early (like 4:15PM early) darkness makes it hard to ever take good evening pictures (hence the less than stellar ones on this post), 5 days in Philly for Thanksgiving, and then starting a full-time (albeit somewhat temporary) job this week has given me less time in my kitchen.  Winter has actually arrived in Chicago with freezing temps and light flurries swirling in the loop.  Its probably no surprise to you that I am talking about another soup recipe.   Continue reading