soup


It’s been so cool and rainy out that a nice hot bowl of soup and chunk of homemade bread sounded perfect.

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I’d say that both of these recipes were pretty big successes, though there are definitely tweaks Gastronomike and I want to make for next time.

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This is one of our old reliable, go-to recipes for when we’re busy, lazy, or just really want some good red lentil soup.  All three of those reasons were in play tonight.  This soup cooks for a while, but requires very little effort to make.

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I totally forget the recipe for this one.  Judging by the picture it was diced tomato, white beans, potato, celery, onion, carrot, salt & pepper, and maybe spinach.  I wouldn’t have put it up at all but I just liked the picture.  Experiment on your own!

We had been calling this recipe “potato soup” until after our first bites, when Gastronomike commented that it tasted like a vegetarian clam chowder.  And so the soup gained a new name, at least for me.  We both really enjoyed this, and it was a great meal to have on an unseasonably chilly August evening.  The only thing missing was a loaf of crusty bread to accompany the chowder.

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This made an excellent lunch. Light, easy, and a great way to use up several cucumbers that were past their prime. I did make the unfortunate choice to use soup pasta that happens to be shaped exactly like cucumber seeds, and so it was easy to perceive all the pasta as seeds.  But that’s easily fixed for next time.  I’d say this is yet another winner from the great soup-only cookbook.

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Recently, when out to dinner with some friends, we got to talking about how our respective farm shares forced us to make things we’d never expected. When you suddenly have three giant cabbages and a drawer full of beets in your fridge, you need to get inventive. Jon mentioned a borscht recipe, and sent it along to us. It was really easy to make–literally throw everything into one giant bubbling pot–and extremely satisfying. R & I both sort of regretted not being able to enjoy it on a cold winter night.

Here we go, our first Guestronomic (that creaking you hear is that pun!) recipe, from our old buddy old pal The Ithacarian.

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R. is really into making soups, and today she was totally set on making a lentil soup. So we went into our soup cookbook and basically picked one at random. It wound up being pretty great, although when we make this again, we’re definitely going to make it spicier.   Maybe by doubling the garlic, or upping the salt & pepper, or even adding some chili powder.  We ate it with a nice crusty asiago bread from the co-op.  It took like 30 minutes to make!

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