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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 »

Thyme Roasted Vegetable and Wild Rice Pilaf

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Hunger inspires some of my favorite recipe ideas. Everyone has those days where there’s “nothing in the fridge”, you’re hungry and feeling a little lazy on the cooking front.

This happened to me last week. I was home by myself all day, and as noon approached and I hadn’t yet eaten anything, it was time to scour the fridge and the pantry to see what I could come up with.   All I had was some wild rice, a big, clunky squash and some celery and onions.

It was time to break out my favorite cooking method:  Roasting.  Roasting vegetables is the simplest, easiest, most brainless way of cooking vegetables.  The beautiful thing is that roasting them at a high heat brings out a vegetable’s  sweetness by caramelizing its natural sugars. Just pop them in the oven and boom, 20 minutes later you have tasty little morsels of goodness. 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 »

Kale and Brown Rice Gratin and a Review of Clearly Fresh Bags

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Filed under Home Cooking + Recipes, Leftovers

As the summer has dwindled down, (wait, who am I kidding, we hardly had a summer in the Pacific [email protected]@!$), there has been one dish on my mind haunting me from the last time I made it last winter.

Kale is not necessarily a sexy vegetable.  It’s green — very green, and has a hard, incorrigible stalk, and tastes like…well, it tastes really healthy.  Because it IS healthy!  It’s healthy, and beautiful, and green and you must eat it.  Eat it today, eat it tomorrow and feed it to your children.  I’ll get off my platform now.

Brown rice can be thought of as hippie-only food, chewy, brown and — gasp, different than white rice!  But it has really grown on me, and I try to substitute it in for its white counterpart as often as I can.  I have really grown to love its nutty chewiness, and can respect its health benefits.

Put these two hard for some to love ingredients together, add cheese and whole milk, and what do you get? Magic.  Magical comfort food deliciousness. Read More »