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Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup with Spinach

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I’m currently watching the Vice Presidential debate.

Clearly, I need comfort.

Or maybe a shot of whiskey. Perhaps some online shopping. At this point, I’ll take what I can get.

Whiskey and shopping aside, certain foods have the ability to take the edge off. For me, it’s the foods my mom made for us as a kid, a plate of pasta or this, a big bowl of warm, savory soup.

Lucky for me, Washington State is made for soup weather. Our months of gray cloudiness have started. It’s dark when I wake up, and well on its way to darkness when I get home from work.

The fall and winter are really the best seasons for soup not only because of the weather, but because of the produce that’s in season. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, kale and chard are plentiful. Let me tell you something, folks, these are the best building blocks for amazing soups. Read More »

Root Vegetable Soup with Beans and Greens

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I’m a major soup girl.  Soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

So this comes with great weight that I say this.  This is my FAVORITE soup ever.  Ever.  And I made it.  And it’s easy.  I make it about once every two weeks, just to have in the fridge for lunch or to send to work with my husband.

It’s my favorite for a few reasons.

For one, it uses up my neglected produce box vegetables that sit in the fridge, looking forlorn.  You can throw pretty much any vegetable you have in.  If you don’t have kale, use chard.  No sweet potatoes?  Use potatoes.  No fresh corn?  Frozen is fine.  And so on and so on. I almost never leave out the sweet potatoes, though, because it provides such an amazing sweet flavor. Read More »

Split Pea and Turkey Kielbasa Soup

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Split pea soup, in all of its thick, green glory is delicious.  It’s comforting, nutritious, easy and cheap to make.

But let’s get real.  It can look a little…well, gross.  The color and texture can be a little off-putting.

Not to mention, have you ever tried to photograph it and make it look gorgeous?  It’s tough.  Real tough.  Soup is hard enough to photograph and make look tasty, but split pea soup, my friends, is nearly impossible. Read More »