Mushroom Soup, Nordic Noir and Social Justice

This past Saturday was cold and dreary, with the temperature hovering in the mid-thirties all day. Our Internet connection had gone wonky, but no worries as we had plenty to read and a movie to watch. BTW, I really recommend the movie, Headhunters. It’s based on the novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. If you like your Nordic Noir with dark humor and questionable morals, this is for you.

I threw together a mushroom soup that turned out pretty fab. It warmed body and soul on a cold autumn night. Here’s the recipe. I used the typical white button mushrooms, but next time I’ll use a mixture. I’m dying to try this with chanterelle mushrooms. This is a single pot recipe. I used our Le Creuset French oven, which I adore, though any large stock pot will do.

Mushroom Soup


  • Half a cup of butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 can of chicken broth (approx. 14 oz.)
  • Fresh mushrooms (as many as you like)
  • White wine
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried scallions
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Take aside about 1/3 of the mushrooms and, using a food processor or blender, chop into a thick paste. Slice the remaining mushroom to your desired thickness.
  • Melt the butter in the pot and let it simmer just a bit
  • Using a whisk, stir in the flour and also allow it to simmer for a moment or two
  • Slowly stir in the milk and bring to a slow simmer
  • Slowly stir in the chicken broth and bring to a slow simmer
  • Add the spices to taste
  • Add one or two splashes of white wine
  • Stir in the mushroom paste
  • Stir in the sliced mushrooms
  • Bring to a boil while stirring
  • Lower the heat, cover the pot, and let the soup simmer for about an hour


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  Soup and Bread Cookbook by Martha Bayne
The Soup and Bread Cookbook aims to explore the social role of soup through a collection of terrific, affordable recipes from food activists, chefs, and others. This quirky exploration of the cultural history of soup as a tool for both building community and fostering social justice is the result of a brainstorm: eating your way through a pot of soup day after day can get boring — why not get together and swap some with friends? Now neighbors across the country are getting together regularly for home-based “soup swaps.” In Chicago, the arts collective InCUBATE uses soup as a microfunding tool. And of course, soup can be a political statement: the radical volunteers of Food Not Bombs have been providing free vegetarian soup to the hungry as a protest against war and social injustice since 1980. These are just a few examples of the stories Bayne wraps around a collection of delicious, accessible, and tested soup recipes.

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Autumn Colors and Cookbooks

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My husband and I took a brief staycation to view the autumn colors here in Colorado. The aspen leaves turn the most amazing shades of gold.

Fall Colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

Gorgeous fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

We spent Sunday in Nederland, a small community above Boulder. I didn’t take any pictures there. We just strolled around and enjoyed the chill atmosphere. Being there is like stepping into the TARDIS and coming out in 1978. Even the music in the restaurant where we had lunch was all from the seventies.

On Monday, we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a cloudy day, occasionally rainy, but overall fresh and lovely. One of the first sights we saw were these elk in a meadow close to the park entrance.

Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

There were actually several herds spread throughout the meadow. They were loud, too, making this sort of bellowing, trumpeting sound.

From there, we stopped at Horseshoe Falls, drove to the highest peak in the park (over 12K feet) and headed for our ultimate destination, the Continental Divide.

Continental Divide

Where east meets west.

There are two bodies of water on either side, a small lake to east and a creek to the west. You can actually see the water flowing east on one side and west on the other. Very cool!

Speaking of cool, it’s finally cooling off here, which makes me very happy. I love fall weather. This got me thinking that I’d love to make something like soup or stew for dinner. Which got me headed over to Amazon, natch! I found a batch of soup and slow cooker recipe books, all by the same author and perfect for this weather. I’ve also included a book of Halloween recipes. All free for now. As always, check the price before hitting the 1-Click button.

  39 Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes by Suzanne Summer
Crock pot cooking is one of the best methods to prepare healthy and delicious meals. The low temperature of slow-cooking makes it almost impossible to burn food even when cooked too long. If you’re busy like me with two kids, it is just not possible to stay in the kitchen all day long. Just set the food to slow-cook before leaving for the day, and your delicious and nutritious chicken meal will be ready when you return.

  Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: 33 Nutritious & Delicious Crock Pot Meals by Suzanne Summer
It doesn’t matter whether you’re new or experienced in creating crockpot meals. We’ve included detailed step-by-step cooking instructions to leave no guesswork for you. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make crockpot meals that are both healthy and delicious. Each recipe contains detailed nutritional information for your reference. Be prepared to be amazed by these new recipes that will keep you and your family healthy.

  33 Healthy Soup Recipes by Suzanne Summer
Are you looking for soup recipes that are both healthy and tasty? If so then this is for you. 33 Healthy Soup Recipes is specially made for you soup lovers who are health conscious.

  Halloween Recipes: 24 Cute, Creepy, and Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids and Adults by J.J. Pierce
With Halloween just around the corner, Halloween Recipes: 24 Cute, Creepy, and Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids and Adults gives you some great recipes for you to try! From snacks, to drinks, to entrees and even desserts, you will find some awesome recipes for you and your family to enjoy this Halloween season.

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