Saturday
Mar032012

This Moment

Making berry juice for Derby Bear.

Friday
Feb242012

This Moment

"sewing a creature for Daddy"

Friday
Feb172012

This Moment

Essex Library. "Steel Town", by Jonah Winter.

Saturday
Feb112012

This Moment

What I'll be tripping over in the next few days.

Monday
Feb062012

Pie Soup

I keep meaning to write more about cooking, but I never remember to take pictures before it's all eaten and put away. I finally got it together this week, so I'll share how "Pie Soup" came to be.

In the past two months or so, I've fallen into a habit of making soup on Sundays. It's the day I'm home the most, and also the day we are running low on food, so there's a lot of lonely apples and half-onions that need to be used up.

Last week, I made Broccoli, Cheese and Cannellini Soup, which we all liked. I learned about using beans as a thickener, instead of potatoes, which I much prefer for nutritional reasons. This week I tried Mark Bittman's Butternut Squash, Apple, Bacon, and Onion Chowder.

My apples and onion were a bit small, and after the roasting and simmering, it looked anemic and sad. I didn't even take a picture, becasue there's no way it would pass the Cheerios and Coffee test.

Beans to the rescue! I pulled out a can of navy beans and threw them in. It looked a little better, but there was still way too much liquid. I tried pureeing half of it, and mixing it together with the more solid pieces, but it still looked pathetic. I also thought it was too bland, likely because my apples were old and not quite right for soup, and I didn't have sage. But what I did have was a can of pumpkin pie mix. I'd mistakenly purchased it instead of regular pumpkin puree before thanksgiving, and it was still waiting in the cabinet. I knew butternut squash and pumpkin were almost always interchangeable in recipes, and it already called for nutmeg, so I gave it a go and puréed the entire batch.

Success! I roasted some garlic for garlic toast, and served it with the soup.  Even the little one ate it, although with her fingers. Everyone was very full, and there's a whole other meal of leftovers, although I'll probably just force it on someone, like usual. 



I'd love to hear of other successful recipe modifications in the comments. I hope you all had a happy Souperbowl Sunday!