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In the Kitchen

Favorite Winter Soups

One of my favorite parts of winter is the soup.  I love to make soup possibly more than eating it.  A few winters past I added a slow cooker to my utensil collection.  I haven't used it much this winter.  I want to, but I keep finding soup recipes that call for your basic soup pot and blender.  I do have a Le Crueset that I love.  That is my go to now whenever I am cooking soups or pastas.  

I wanted to share some of my favorite soups this season.  Along with my new favorite and go to cook book, Small Victories by Julia Turshen.  And one of the bonuses of this book, also the title, are the little victories she includes with each recipe.  Don't have a complete recipe, she may give you a substitute. 

Every recipe I have tried so far has been a total success with myself andy family.  The chicken soup is a classic and perfect for a winter's day.

My next favorite soup recipe this season is another chicken soup but this one has dumplings it.  I just love the dumplings and they are super easy to make.  This recipe comes from the Whole Foods Cookbook.  

chicken soup 1
chicken soup finished

My third and final recipe is also from Whole Foods. This is the Butternut Squash Puree.  Last night I was trying to use what we have in the fridge.  I purchased a pre cut pound of butternut squash that afternoon so this was perfect.  I recipe calls for 2 pounds so I did the math. It was rather quick to cook and then pureed it.   They also add a little tip to add cinnamon raison croutons, which I also had on hand!  My one little mistake was I think I added a little too much ginger.  So proceed with caution!

butternut squash before the puree. 

butternut squash before the puree. 

Let me know what you think if you try any of the above recipes.  Or do you have a go to for this winter?


In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen: Gazpacho 1,2,3 - #2

Gazpacho recipe #2.  This is the second recipe I found on Food52 and it's definitely a bit more garlicky than the first. This time I tried to follow the recipe as close as possible.  One exception, I thought I had fresh dill in the garden but didn't so needed to replace that with dry dill.  And once again trying to use up the veggies in the fridge, I added a green pepper. Let me know what you think if you try this one.

Rainbow Gazpacho. I do love the name and it truly looks like a rainbow when you start to mix the ingredients together. To get the recipe click here. A couple little notes while I was making this are below each picture.  

recipe calls for 4 cloves. I used 3 large ones, this was plenty for my taste buds.

the recipe did not mention taking the skins of the cucumbers off so I peeled some of the cucumber and scooped out the seeds with a spoon, sometimes by hand.

I cored and cut the tomatoes into chunks.

Something I added that was not in the recipe were croutons.  I broiled 2 small hearty rolls, one was wheat and the other a kalamata olive roll.  Both from my local Whole Foods.  I ripped these up into bite size pieces, drizzled olive oil and a little bit of grated parmesan.  These are great to also bag up for future use.  In each serving of soup I added about 4 to 5 bits.  Love the texture this adds.  Enjoy!

If you try this recipe please let me know what you think.