Soupy Sundays: Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

My brain is completely unable to wrap itself around the fact that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!

Cliché as it sounds… where has 2013 gone and can I have it back?!

While I’m pretty sure I can’t fire up the Delorian, I can make the most of what’s left of the year.  And that means tons of yummy Thanksgiving/Holiday/Christmas recipes to make and share.  So let’s dive in!

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Soupy Sundays: Pumpkin Bisque & The Start of Pumpkin Mania!

Pumpkin Bisque

Confession – I curse, like a sailor in fact.  I know it’s not ladylike.  I know it’s not classy.  It is in no way how my parents raised me.  I know that should I ever implement a curse cup into my life, some lucky local charity would feel as though they hit the lottery.

This undesirable character flaw rears its ugly head at certain times more than others, as you might suspect.  Case in point, making this soup.

Cutting and peeling a pumpkin.  Seemed pretty straight forward, at least in my mind.  It wasn’t.  Maybe there’s a strategy I don’t know about, a trick, a tool, a special Halloween spell to cast so that the skin magically falls off, I don’t know.  I do know that I cut myself, swore, and generally had a difficult time.

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Soupy Sundays: Chilled Corn & Sun-Dried Tomato Chowder with Goat Cheese-Chive Croutons

Chilled Corn Chowder

Blame it on the rainHere comes the rain againWho’ll stop the rain?  November rainSingin’ in the rainFool in the rainSongs about rain.  Purple rain, purple rain.

Alright, what does all this rain/song nonsense have to do with Chilled Corn Chowder?

Well, I’m a music maniac so I equate most things to song, but that’s not the point.  The point is, in my little part of the world, we’ve been super blessed to have an abnormal amount of summertime rain, equating – giant, delicious, abundant… corn!

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Soupy Sundays: Spicy Gingered-Carrot Soup

Spicy Gingered-Carrot Soup

Bright, complex, well-rounded… No, this isn’t about you right now… I’m talking about this soup!

A great, light, starter, or perfect for those not-so-hungry lunches or dinners, this deeply flavorful soup is just delightful.  Full of nutrients and spices, it screams healthy, minus my friend, sour cream, of course.

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Soupy Sundays: Classic French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The best.  The one and only.  The greatest.  The end-all, be-all.  I can’t stand these terms.

When was the last time you tried something that fell under these declarations, and any of them lived up to the hype?

I’m putting this out there, because this might be the one time I tell you that this is the BEST of anything.  In this case, French Onion Soup.

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Cucumber Hendrick’s Soup Shooters

When you look at a cucumber, what do you think?  Perfect for tea sandwiches?  Great marinated with vinegar and dill? Over the eyes for depuffing? Something inappropriate for sharing on this site???

I look at a luscious summer cucumber and think, “Man, they’d be awesome mixed with gin and thrown into a soup.”  Just me?

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Soupy Sundays: Golden Gazpacho

Step 1.  Chop up a bunch of fresh veggies.  Step 2.  Throw everything in the food processor and blend.  Step 3.  Let in mellow for a few hours in the fridge.  Step 4.  Enjoy the fruits of your tiresome labor.

This would normally be the part where I tell you that I’m exaggerating, but this time, I’m totally not.

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Creamy Cold Avocado Soup with Crab Salad


You’re hot.  You’re sweating.  And you’re starving.  The last thing you want to do is to slave over a hot stove, no matter how good your AC is.  Enter- the beauty that is a cold soup.  One appliance, no heat.  Besides the prep work, only one step… perfection.

While I’m calling out the avocado in the title, she is by no means the star.  I think the beauty of this dish lies in the ensemble cast.  Each player steps up, delivers, and returns to the line.  It’s like a garden celebration in your mouth.  Cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados mingle for earthiness, while the lemon, sour cream and Sriracha add brightness and heat.

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Soupy Sundays: Mushroom Chestnut Soup

I love the holidays… not like, not get moderately excited over… I GET FRIGGIN PUMPED!  It matters not that stores start putting up trees and lights and pumping Mariah Carey the day after Halloween, my excitement will not die!  I’ve been extremely fortunate to have the fondest memories of the holidays from childhood till today.  They haven’t always been filled with the most pleasant of situations, with myriads of presents, with the best health, or someone to snuggle under the mistletoe with – but they have always been filled with love, with togetherness, with hope, and with promise.  Whatever your religious convictions… it’s my sincerest wish that all your holiday seasons are filled with laughter, music, togetherness, good food, new beginnings and most of all… hope.

Now back to the food… today marks the beginning of a beautiful festive food journey.  From now until Christmas I’ll be posting recipes everyday that are twists on quintessential holiday foods and bevies.

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