Friday, February 18, 2011

friday senses

I really enjoyed last week's senses post.....so here's another!

Making: Soup. Always making soup......that's what winter is for, right?
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Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup
this is an adaption of this soup that I raved about last week. 

The best part about this soup is that you can add a combination of whatever winter root veggies you have on hand--carrots, different kinds of potatoes, parsnips, winter squashes....anything!

This time I used:
-1 butternut squash
-2 medium yukon gold potatoes
-1 large sweet potato
-1 onion
-3 cloves of garlic

Halve your veggies and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast all veggies on a baking sheet at 400°, until fork tender (around 45 minutes, depending on the size of your veggies.) I took the onions and garlic out sooner--keep an eye on them since they're smaller.

After the vegetables are roasted, add them to a food processor or blender, and add 2-3 cups of chicken stock, enough so you can easily puree. 

Pour puree into a large pot, and add: 
-1-2 cups more chicken stock, depending on how thick you want your soup
-1/2 tsp dried sage
-pinch of cayenne
-salt and pepper to taste

Let soup simmer in pot for at least 30 minutes, so flavors can come together. 

We topped ours with toasted bread and had a simple salad of mixed greens, marinated roasted peppers, goat cheese, a squeeze of lemon, and olive oil. 
enjoy!

***

Seeing: Sunshine, and snow, and snow and sunshine. This weather is weird.
Hearing: I was up late working until the wee hours of the morning last night and listened to Jimmy Eat World's Clarity, Bleed American, and a little from Futures. 
It was awesome, and nostalgic, and awesomely nostalgic.
Smelling: Whitney's fabulous cooking each week when we shoot for the cookbook.....yum.
Tasting:  Goat cheese. I have always loved it, but the past few weeks I have become a bit obsessed....it has such a bright flavor, and it's perfect for sandwiches and salads during these winter months when there's not a lot of fresh flavorful produce.
Feeling: warm. Flannel pajama pants are the best invention ever.
Reading: Dr. Suess's Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? to the boy's class today.
Loving: Thursday date nights with Robby. Snuggling into the couch, watching our four favorite shows (ps did anyone else DIE laughing when Liz Lemon's stomach
 said "turkey wraps" last week??? love her)
Anticipating: Seeing sister SOON!
Wishing: February would just get a move on....
...seriously why does the shortest month take the longest?

feel free to play along in the comments:)

happy weekend!

don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway...it ends on Saturday night! j

9 comments:

A Place to Reside said...

Feeling - comfortably warm (I'm loving that the temperature was in the 50s during the day yesterday, and that when it cooled down in the evening I could slip into my cozy sweatpants before getting into bed.)

Katie Baba Nielson said...

this soup looks delish! i love all your soup recipes actually and try them often! i, too, am a huge fan of soup- year round, but especially in the winter! can't wait to try this one!

Courtney said...

I love to read you recipe posts and often try them. Every time I read about transfering to the food processor or blender I have bad memories;) A couple of years ago I was given an immersion blender! Here are my feelings about it... http://mgwallins.blogspot.com/search/label/soup You would love it and probably find daily use for it. Hope you don't mind unsolicited advice :)

The Webbs said...

my sweet little girl loves jimmy eat world and i think its because we went to their show when i was pregnant. i so love them, also good slow paced running music.

the weather here in co has been a little nuts lately too, but we are dealing with it, enjoying our sunny days!

Nellie and Jason said...

Hahaha...I just laughed out loud remembering the turkey wrap growl...
Right now-
Tasting: my mom's freaking amazing Texes Sheet cake...yummm...

Rachael said...

Aww, you're reading to your boy's classroom today?!
I've had the pleasure of reading to a class before, and there's no better feeling then seeing lots of little kids eyes look right at you, and hearing the story :)
The weather is crazy here too. It's actually warm outside! Above 50! We have windows open!

gram said...

seeing: can't see across the street as it's snowing so hard!

Gillian@BuildingBumps said...

Hoping: spring will come soon!
Breathing: the smell of my new baby boy. Intoxicating.
Dreaming: of a hot sunny beach : )
Trying: to make new soup recipes, thanks!

Sonia said...

Stunning soup...looking so inviting and vibrant. I will love to give this soup a try asap !