a good day for soup


    We are in a the middle of a stretch of gray days where it is not so apparent that the sun has even risen. The lights are on, the schnauzers are snoozing, and I’m in the mood for soup — but not for going to the grocery store. A quick glance in both the pantry (I have several cans of pumpkin) and the fridge (apples! and one more sweet potato), as well as a Google search for soup recipes, has brought me to my project for the day, bouncing off of some recipes I found here:

    Pumpkin Apple Soup

    1 large onion, chopped
    3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
    1/2 lb bacon
    2 cup water
    1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
    1 can of pumpkin
    2 cups apple cider
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 apples, peeled and chopped
    salt and pepper
    1/3 cup crystallized ginger
    1/2 t cumin
    1/2 t cinnamon
    1/2 t tumeric
    1/2 t cayenne pepper

    I’m going to saute the onion and bacon in olive oil, add the water and potato until it cooks, and then throw in the rest of the stuff and let it simmer for an hour or so. I’m going back and forth about whether or not to add any curry powder to the mixture. Finally, I’m going to puree it all with my Braun stand mixer (my current favorite appliance). I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    I think it’s going to be great. However it tastes, it’ll make the house smell warm and hopeful. And I can snooze a little with the schnauzers while I’m waiting for my late lunch.


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