Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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It snowed on Christmas Eve, literally that evening, dumping about four inches on us by the next morning, but, hey, white Christmas! So, no complaints. We’ve had little snow since on the front range, but frigid weather has settled over us. It hasn’t warmed up past 20 degrees Fahrenheit since December 24.

Christmas morning. It looks almost the same three days later.

Christmas morning. It looks almost the same three days later.

Fortunately, we bought tons of food in preparation and have happily hunkered down with Argentine empanadas and my husband’s Cantonese steamed chicken. Yum. While keeping the cranky, housebound cat company, we watched an entire Danish detective series, “The Eagle.” It’s about a special unit that investigates cross border crimes. The protagonist is half-Icelandic, so he’s a fish out of Nordic water, so to speak. It was pretty good! You can find all three seasons on both Netflix and Hulu.

By now, the fridge is empty and we need to do some grocery shopping. I was thinking I’d like to make soup. While I was perusing the Kindle freebies, I noticed two recipe books for soup. Score! I’ve also added a book that was previously listed for those who missed it the first time. “The Complete Sherlock Holmes”, i.e., all the short stories and novels, is being offered for free by Simon and Schuster. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.

If you’re where it’s cold, stay warm. If you’re where it’s warm, enjoy!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes  The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The complete collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales, both long and short, compiled together for the first time by Simon & Schuster for free! This fantastic collection is accompanied by an exciting new introduction from Robert Ryan, a writer who’s own book has been fully endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate. A big Holmes fan himself, he will undoubtedly provide a fascinating new look at the detective and his bizarre ability to read both people and objects, in order to discover who dunnit.

Simply Delicious Soups  Simply Delicious Soups by Royce Anderson
Soup is the quintessential comfort food. It is one of the most basic food dishes, easy to make and almost infinite in form. Start with a flavorful stock then add meat and or vegetables. Season with your favorite spices and let the mixture simmer. Soon your house fills with a delicious smell that promises a wonderful treat just for you. Warm and hearty soups are the perfect answer to a cold winter night. Or beat the heat of summer with a chilled soup. A perfect change of pace without heating up the kitchen.

Delicious Soup Recipes (Delicious Recipes)  Delicious Soup Recipes by June Kessler
In today’s fast track world; I forgot about soup for a while and recently I found my soup recipes and have been busy making soups for my family a few times a week. Now that strawberry season is here my grand children are really enjoying the chilled strawberry soups they seem to awaken their appetites, soup is also a good way for my grand kids to eat their fruits and vegetables they need in their diet. Also I love the aroma from the simmering soup that lingers in the kitchen all day. On a hot Texas summers day there is nothing like a chilled cream soup to cool you down . or a hot beefy soup on a cold night. Soups are very versatile they can be the main meal an appetizer, or served with a sandwich, which is much healthier than potato chips or French fries. You deserve delicious wholesome and nutritious soup.

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  • 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

Enjoy!

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Looking for more soup recipes? Passionate about social justice? Then do I have a freebie for you!

  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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