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Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup05.04.10

052 I have found them.  I found the lost photographic evidence of our foray into cooking like Pioneer Woman!  On a cold, dreary night in February, back when I was still on my soup bender, I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to attempt Pioneer Woman’s Cauliflower Soup.

None of the kids were excited, and thinking back on the soups I’ve put in front of them over the last couple of months, I get it.  I really do.  But Ree is An Expert.  So I figured this had a shot at pleasing them, even if I’ve failed over and over previously.

Right away, I knew I was going to be making a few modifications to the recipe, based on my hope that the addition of cheddar cheese would make this soup more Boy-friendly.  And we typically replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt – and my kids haven’t been big fans of tangy recently, so I figured I’d just top my bowl with it and let everyone else get a pass.

Here’s the cast of characters:

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Miso Soup (eating out)04.20.10

Miso SoupThis is just a little quickie:

We’ve been eating out fairly often this month due to a combination of crazy schedules and sheer lazy on my part.  The Lazy doesn’t extend to letting The Boy off the hook, however, and each meal involves some hearty negotiation over the contents of his plate.

We popped by a local Japanese restaurant that is very family-friendly and pulled up to the table for a little adventure.  The Boy is often pretty (surprisingly) reliable with Asian flavors, unlike his mom (I know, I know) who has issues with a few popular flavors in Asian meals.

Number one on my list of Not A Fan?  Most seaweed

Number two on my list of Not A Fan?  Miso

Miso Soup

So, naturally they brought me a lovely, steaming bowl of miso soup, I thwapped it onto the lazy susan and sent it over to The Boy.  He calmly pulled it off the lazy susan and tucked in. Seriously, even with me over on my side of the table making hairball noises about it, he slurped up the juicy seaweed and ate the tofu. He loved the broth, too.

I don’t even know where this kid came from anymore. But at least I have a new miso soup buddy to hand off to.

Success!

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Tortilla Soup02.15.10

074It appears that all we eat is soup around here. That’s not really the case, but it’s winter and I’m trying to get my kid to eat produce – and soup always sounds like a friendly-vegetable-delivery-system. With my flair for screwing up recipes, or blatantly not even trying to use a recipe, we’ve had some really weird soups over the last month and half. Part of me thought, hey, I should look up a great recipe for Tortilla Soup. But then, why break my streak?

We’re winging it over here – come along for the ride!
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Chicken soup with invisible spaghetti01.18.10

016“You’re a sucker for punishment.”  That’s what my husband said when I announced that it was Chicken Soup Returns:  The Reckoning night.  And I’ll admit, that last go round was tragically off the mark, but this time, I was sticking to classic chicken soup flavors.  And I had little helpers!  It was going to be great!

That’s when the hubs noticed the package of mung-bean noodles on the counter.  His face lit up.  “Invisible Spaghetti!”  I guess growing up, his Korean mom would substitute these clear noodles for wheat-based noodles quite a bit.  With that kind of kid-friendly code name, I figured they’d be a hit in my soup, too.

Here’s what we started with:

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Southwestern chicken soup with jicama01.17.10

029We picked up a softball sized jicama at the store this last week, and my initial plan was to make some sort of chopped salad. The Boy, however, was running low on patience for all the weird combos we’ve been churning out, so I though, hey, let’s make a simple chicken soup.  See, a long time ago I made a chicken soup that featured fire roasted red bell peppers pureed and added to a rich chicken broth, flavored with garlic, cilantro and lime juice, with grilled chicken and cubed jicama added in the final minutes.

I figured I could just make something like that, except I couldn’t recall where I had the recipe.  (I’ve since found it, and it’s a winner – I’ll be making the real recipe in coming days.)

What follows is my attempts to wing it.  Duck and cover, people, because this gets really wrong, really fast.

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Caldo Verde…kinda01.07.10

091So, I was reading through my local newspaper, The Press Democrat, and came across an article on soups. Mmm. Soup. And in this article was a recipe from chef Manuel Azevedo, who owns a restaurant called La Salette over in Sonoma. I’d never heard of Caldo Verde, but it is apparently Portugal’s national dish, and it sounded gooooood.

I’m going to throw out a disclaimer right now – I’m apparently bad at following recipes, and what happened next was in no way a reflection on the recipe as published. In fact, I would like to go eat at La Salette to see what this soup is supposed to turn out like. But first, let me share our version:

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