Category Archives: soups

12 Days of Christmas 2016, Day 5: [Recipe] Beef Stew

When the weather outside is frightful,
And the fire is so delightful,
If you have no place to go,
Simmer low, simmer low, simmer low.

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[Recipe] Beef Chili

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It’s 2016! It’s a new year! Alright, alright – so it’s already the second quarter of the new year, but since I haven’t put up a single post since 2015, me talking about how it’s a new year is sort of fitting, no?

I’m not sure how you feel about resolutions, but I don’t put a lot of stock into them. Every year I make a conscious decision to somehow better my life, but who doesn’t do that? I don’t think any of us sit around thinking, “Yeah, I’m good. Not much to improve over here.” Well, I hope that there aren’t a lot of people with that kind of attitude. For me, bettering myself is a constant. I’m always trying to live the best life that I can live.

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12 Frilly Days of Christmas, Day 4: [Recipe] Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Although we are enjoying a warmer than usual December here in the Canadian Maritimes, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a nice warming soup on a cool day. We are fresh out of an overnight power outage and a nasty storm, and this squash soup is a great way for us to warm up today.

This roasted squash soup came about because I had a beautiful butternut squash to use and a craving for a thick, creamy soup. It is packed full of vegetables and is thickened with yogurt, which adds a bit of tang and a lot less fat than using heavy cream to thicken the soup.

If you’d prefer to use curry powder in place of the thyme, I think that would be wonderful. If you try it, please let me know how your soup turns out.

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[Recipe] Tomato Barley Soup

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Who doesn’t love a nice hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day? I know I certainly do. There’s just nothing like staying tucked in on a snow day with a pot of soup simmering on the stove. Such a comforting thought.

This tomato and barley soup recipe was passed along to me by my good friend Geneviève. It is a wonderful recipe, and so flexible. You can change up the seasonings and broth, and you can add meat to the soup too if you’d like. Sometimes I fry up a bit of ground beef to add to this soup.

Thank you Geneviève, for a great recipe. Thank you too, for being a good friend. I hope our friendship continues to grow in the years ahead of us.

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[Recipe] Tomato Barley Soup

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp oil (any oil works)
1 can diced tomatoes (Italian seasoned work well)
1 carton broth (approximately 4 cups – I use low sodium)
1/4 cup uncooked barley
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Note: If using a can of plain diced tomatoes, add some herbs and spices to the soup, a couple of teaspoons of your favourites.

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In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and oil. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are almost tender.

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Add canned tomatoes, broth, barley, and ground black pepper.

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Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until barley is tender.

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[Recipe] Creamy Tomato Soup

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Since becoming pregnant, I have developed a new appreciation for soups. Not sure if you’d say I crave them, exactly, but I sure do like them. I’d eat soup every day right now. Considering the weather we’ve had lately, a warming soup like this definitely hits the spot.

I frequently treat myself to a cream of tomato soup for lunch on workdays. I love that soup. It’s easily the favourite of the soups I eat. At $4 a bowl though, and with it being served only once every couple of weeks, I knew I had to figure out how to make my own creamy tomato soup.

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