Soups & Bisques

Prawn Gumbo with Chorizo

Prawn Gumbo with Chorizo

Gumbo has been appearing all over my favorite cooking sites since this season began, and has really peaked my curiosity. Until yesterday I had never tried Gumbo before in my life, and had no idea what the dish even consisted of–but what I did know was that it was a classic and popular American dish, and so of course, I had to try it and see what all the hype was about. The ingredients listed in a traditional cajun gumbo reminded me a lot of the Spanish Paella I recently made, so I did a little research. I found that “gumbo” is a metaphor for the “melting pot” of cultures found in southern louisiana (French, Italian, German, native Americans, African Slaves… and of course, Spanish) which kind of explains that a little bit. As a Geography major this really fascinates me! I’m going to have to go read up more about the history of the southern states just for fun after I post this recipe!

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Corn Chowder with Parmesan Orzo and Garlic Zucchini

Corn Chowder with Parmesan Orzo and Garlic Zucchini

Part of the idea behind starting this Blog, was to use some of the farm fresh ingredients that I am surrounded by here in Mattawa. I see corn fields everywhere, so I know it’s in season… yet I drove an hour to Wal-mart to buy some for this recipe! I know that’s crazy. What’s even worse is that my husband’s family pack onions, and grow potatoes, and I often buy those things from the grocery store too. I really need to do better at finding farm fresh produce around here to cook with… it would just be so much cooler!

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Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

It’s kind of funny that i’m blogging this spring minestrone recipe on the first official day of summer, but at least it’s a good recipe to end the spring season on! For the past few days I have cooked a lot of different recipes, but nothing I have made was really worth blogging about, which makes this recipe extra sweet. I guess I was just expecting this minestrone to be kind of bland a little boring like all the other minestrone’s i’ve ever had–so when I tasted it, I was blown away with how delicious it was!! It’s actually kind of strange to have a recipe this healthy be THIS delicious too!! But I think I could eat it every day and be quite content!

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Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

The other day I made, and tasted, my first ever traditional gazpacho (which is just a cold, Italian tomato soup) and I disliked it so much, I decided not only to keep it far from my Blog, but I also vowed to never make one ever again! But then I came across a strawberry Gazpacho from five&spice that looked and sounded SO divine (her descriptions and pictures were amazing), that I was inspired to give gazpacho another chance, and i’m so glad I did!! It was far from traditional, which is probably why I liked it so much. Sometimes you just come across those dishes that make you question ‘how in the world do people come up with recipes like this?’ And this was one of them. It was just so sweet and flavorful and cleverly balanced! I wasn’t sure if this dish should have been served as an appetizer or entree, (or dessert!) But I decided to serve mine with some rosemary and olive oil bread that I warmed in the oven, and it ended up being such a perfect meal for a warm spring evening–that I know I will make it again (and again, and again!) So here is the amazing recipe:

Cream of Asparagus Soup & 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Cream of Asparagus Soup & 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

I don’t know a whole lot about seasonal ingredients for Spring yet because it’s all pretty new to me, but about two things I was absolutely certain. First, Edward was a vampire. And second, Asparagus is one of those seasonal Spring ingredients. [I may have had a twilight marathon with my sister in laws this weekend!] So, whilst I was making the soup, my husband peered over my shoulder to see what was cooking, and said: “why are you making Asparagus soup? It’s expensive, because it isn’t in season right now.” Great. Now i’m only certain about Edward.

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