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Beetroot Soup with Horseradish Yogurt. And January has started with full blast.

Beetroot Soup with Horseradish Yogurt

Magical Celery Bisque (vegan) Magical Celery Bisque (vegan) I find it amazing how a bisque can transform the most meager of ingredients into a bowl of decadence.

Magical Celery Bisque (vegan)

Take celery, for instance. Not everyone’s favorite star ingredient, nor is it exactly hailed for it’s deep and rich flavor, but let the bisque work it’s magic and you might change your mind about things. Unfortunately, a bisque usually implies butter and cream – which is partly what makes them so delicious, but also the reason they’re not that great for you and tend to be pretty heavy.

Buckwheat beet soup with spicy horseradish - Amy Chaplin. Since my book came out I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many talented authors, cooks and bloggers — some I’ve followed for a long time and others are new discoveries.

Buckwheat beet soup with spicy horseradish - Amy Chaplin

And, making these connections has been one of the most rewarding aspects of becoming an author. Recently I received a copy of Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well by Maria Speck (10 Speed Press). I’m always thrilled to discover someone who is as passionate about whole grains as me. Just as the modern world is discovering the beauty, flavor and health benefits of ancient grains there is also a growing number of people who are cutting them out of their diets. This notion simply doesn’t make sense to me (or Maria). Simply Ancient Grains is mostly vegetarian with lots of original ways to add ancient grains to your daily meals. Vegan Pasta e Fagioli Soup. A few weeks ago, my friends at the Food52 shop (formerly known as Provisions) asked if I’d be interested in creating a recipe with one of their featured items this season–the Staub Round Dark Red Cocotte–and sharing it with my readers.

Vegan Pasta e Fagioli Soup

I’m always happy to help get the word out about special items on the Food52 site, but I was especially excited about this opportunity, as I’ve never worked with a Dutch oven before. I had a fantastic time creating the hearty, wintery soup you see pictured above, and picking up some handy facts about Dutch oven cooking along the way. Dutch ovens are thick walled pots, usually made of cast iron but sometimes made of ceramic or clay as well. They’re beloved because of their tremendous versatility: a Dutch oven can be used for sauteeing, frying, roasting, baking, simmering, or boiling. Some Dutch ovens are even used over open flame. Vel✿uté "jap✿nisant" {champign✿ns - kasha} Bouillons, soupes, potages...Ces derniers temps sur la toile, ces petits plats simples ou sophistiqués - et dans tous les cas réchauffants & réconfortants - pointent bien sûr le bout de leurs nez...

Vel✿uté "jap✿nisant" {champign✿ns - kasha}

Il faut dire qu'en plus d'être assez rapides à réaliser, ils peuvent aussi être très gourmands et originaux. Ginger Miso Sweet Potato Bisque. Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup. Swede and carrot soup with smoked paprika. Swede and carrot soup with smoked paprika Many of the processes that are vital for life to flourish on this planet are dependent on interactions between living things, such as plants and micro organisms, and inorganic entities, such as the air, the oceans and the soil.

swede and carrot soup with smoked paprika

Collectively, these interactions regulate the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere as well as its temperature, the fertility of its soil and even the salt levels in its oceans. The Gaia Hypothesis, first formulated by the scientist James Lovelock over fifty years ago, contends that these interactions between living and non-living entities on the Earth comprise a complex system of interdependent links which together form a coordinated, self-balancing and regulating mechanism – Gaia. The Gaia hypothesis posits that this interactivity of the organic and non-organic is unconsciously but purposefully orchestrated.

The overarching objective of that orchestration is to maintain optimal conditions for life on the planet. Soupe panais carottes patates douces cacahuètes. African Peanut Stew. Un joyau vert en velouté... Les pommes aux formes bizarres, biscornues.

Un joyau vert en velouté...

Les courgettes pas du tout lisses, un peu tordues. Les carottes avec des renflements par-ci, par-là. … J’aime les fruits & les légumes ayant des formes peu conventionnels. Lorsque j’achète mes pommes, je ne recherche pas la brillance, une couleur immaculée, une rondeur parfaite, ou une couleur unie. Je ne recherche pas la perfection. Non. 3-2-1 Weeknight Broccoli Bisque! This 3-2-1 Weeknight Broccoli Bisque is pretty easy and quite delish.

3-2-1 Weeknight Broccoli Bisque!

Cashew Cream of Mushroom Soup. Did you think vegan creamy soups couldn’t get any better than Pistachio Cream of Broccoli Soup?

Cashew Cream of Mushroom Soup

Me too! Oh, we were both so very, very wrong. Dreamy winter vegetable chowder w/ mustard, lemon + crispy cabbage. Happy new year to you!

dreamy winter vegetable chowder w/ mustard, lemon + crispy cabbage

Hugs and positive thoughts going out as we all get another beautiful chance to start again. I hope everyone got a solid stretch of personal downtime over the holidays–to read, create, travel, have a long bath, cook, bake, play, be in nature or just do absolutely nothing. I got in a good mix of all those things and I can’t tell you how vibrant/fortunate I feel because of it. A clear calendar that makes way for just being and doing as the inclination strikes has a powerful restorative effect on your stillness of mind and overall future outlook. » Soupe de shiitakés et de poireaux au gingembre. Soupe à l'oignon gratinée. Les temps sont durs... Je ne peux m'empêcher de faire allusion au contexte économique dont on parle dans les médias, les bistrots et sur les marchés. J'ai entendu dernièrement une petite vieille qui discutait avec un maraîcher en tenant les propos suivants : "Les jeunes de maint'nant, ça va leur faire tout drôle.

Ils mangent des hamburgeurs - prononcez "zan-bur-guerre" -, des boîtes de conserves, du biftek pour le souper. Velouté de tomates rôties. Retour à la maison après un micro périple de deux jours. Et un joli lot de tomates qui commence à faire la tête… Le premier réflexe, c’est la sempiternelle tarte à la tomate. Sauf que pas le temps, et pas trop l’envie non plus… Recette bio : La soupe aux poireaux et aux coings. Une jolie robe claire pour ce classique revisité en version sucré-salé. Autumn Beet Soup with Cashew Cream. If you’ve been reading this blog for a few years than you already know how much I adore beets.

They are in fact my “spirit vegetable.” They can be a pain to harvest ( especially if you’re hauling hundreds of pounds to the farm stand–which we often did working on Hutchins Farm back east) but aside from the back breaking work I still adore this rustic root. I love all varieties of beets–the bright orange or candy stripped red…but I’ve always been drawn to the dark purple varieties because I think they create the most stunning dishes. This creamy soup is a wonderful way to highlight this seasonal vegetable. It’s lightly spiced with ginger and allspice and the addition of cashew cream takes this to a whole new level. Velouté de Haricots Blancs Fumé – Mango and Salt. Creamy White Bean & Tomato Soup Recipe. It’s been a soupy week around here. I’ve said it probably one hundred times before, but I just love the process of making soup. It makes me feel grounded and fancy all at the same time.

Simmering flavorful things in a pot (with a glass of wine on the side) is my idea of a perfect night. It could be Tuesday night, it could be Friday night – it doesn’t matter to me. I made this one last weekend when my mom came to visit and again a few days later for Jack who had been out of town. White bean + fennel seed + lemon soup with crispy brussels sprout leaves. I obsessively read about food, in any form I can get my hands on. Cookbooks, magazines, old clippings that have been saved, the internet, reading menus of restaurants as I walk around nyc. I am sure that if you read blogs like mine, then you are an obsessive food reader too. Creamy Chickpea and Kale Soup. Spicy velouté panais lentilles #vegan. J'ai réalisé que je n'avais pas publié de recettes de soupe cette année. Nous en mangeons pourtant plusieurs fois par semaine. Avec toujours nos soupes chouchous, que vous pouvez retrouver sur le blog : le velouté panais-carottes-patate douce cacahuètes (rebaptisé "la soupe qui fait dire mmmmm !)

Recette soupe de butternut, poire et azuki. Chickpeas and Dumplings Recipe. Crème de lentilles vertes du Puy au chou-rave. Egyptian Red Lentil Soup. It’s not exactly soup season in the food world, but I hope you won’t mind my sharing this richly spiced Egyptian red lentil soup today, anyway. In spite of the fact that NYC hit temperatures in the 80s (!) Tomato, Harissa & Butter Bean Stew. We’re still under a blanket of snow at the farm and it’s been damn cold! I don’t remember a winter when we’ve gone through firewood this quickly (the shed is stocked but at the rate we’re going we’ll be lucky to make it until spring).

Thankfully, for the time being, we’ve got a warm house, a healthy wine supply and lot’s of hearty soups that are keeping our spirits up and our bodies nourished. It really is the little things that can bring you the most joy on these cold, dark days of winter. Creamy French lentils with mushrooms and kale. Pin it! This post is sponsored by USA Pulses & Pulse Canada. pin it! We finally got some snow in Ontario! Like, a ton of it. Three rounds of driveway shovelling in one day? When I see the flashing red alerts on my weather tracking app this time of year, my instinct is to stock up on some produce, assess the pantry stores situation, decide whether I have enough non-dairy creamer for my coffee/tea (so crucial! If we’re on the topic of pantry stores, being ready for snow days, and delicious food, I have to mention beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas (or pulses collectively).

My New Roots. I have friends in high places, meaning I got buddies who can cook. One of those friends is Kiki, and ironically, we met in design school. We loved what we did at the time, never imagining that both of us would end up in a completely different place – the food world. Just one year after graduation, Kiki enrolled in culinary school and trained classically to become a chef. Thai Coconut and Lemongrass Soup - Connoisseurus Veg. Phö Vietnamien. Simmered Squash Soba Bowl - Golubka Kitchen. Pumpkin Miso Broth with Soba - My New Roots.