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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cauliflower Cream Soup

We prefer cooking to eating out. WHY? Lots of reasons such as better taste, healthier eating, money saving, but the BEST reasons are - leftovers and being able to cook and eat in your most comfy clothing, which includes wearing slippers at the dinner table - and always dining by candlelight. Tonight's menu includes cauliflower soup, salad, and home made bread. The soup is from a recipe in The Farmer's Wife - Slow Cooker Cookbook a Christmas gift from Grenville. This book updates recipes from The Farmer's Wife magazine that gave rural women a place to find and share advice about everything from raising chickens to running a farm kitchen. Tonight's soup recipe dates from January 1916.

Cauliflower Cream Soup

1 large cauliflower head, washed and broken into small florets
6 large carrots, washed, peeled, chopped fine
1 med. onion, peeled, chopped fine, lightly browned in 1 tbsp olive oil
6 C chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp butter
1/2 - 1/2 C heavy cream to taste
chopped chives for garnish

Add vegetables and broth to slow cooker. Set to low, cook 3 to 5 hours or until vegetables soften. Cool slightly, puree in blender. Reheat in large pot on stove over medium heat. Add butter, cream, salt and pepper to taste. Do not boil. Ladle hot into bowls and garnish with chives.

F&P variation: Substitute sour cream (about 1/2 C) for heavy cream and instead of chives use dill and a touch of curry and season to taste. Hint: an immersion blender is easier to puree directly in the crock pot (before adding the cream)

2 comments:

possum said...

Well, welcome to Blogville!
Gee, I guess I won’t be inviting you out to dinner anymore… sorry, didn’t know you didn’t like eating out.
I, on the other hand, love not having to stop what I am doing to go cook a meal. I really don’t like cooking in the first place, I guess, and it is so nice not to have to clean up the mess afterwards. Personally, I hate worrying about what I am going to cook or if someone else is going to like it or not – then there is the thing of dinner sitting and waiting until someone gets home late because “Mr. Jones” needed to do something or other, or there was a crisis on J Wing. Nothing like dried up tenderloins and soggy veggies.
Then, again, eating out, there is the chance to practice my Turkish… can’t do that in my kitchen… and the chance of seeing old friends – and even making new ones!
Isn’t it great that we are all so different!?
I am sure your soup was delicious!
possum

Grenville T. Boyd said...

HOLD THE PHONE there.... Eating out has advantages as you said. Especially when someone else is treating :-).... BUT our version of 'eating in' starts with us growing lots of the stuff we cook (and eat). Knowing where alot of our food comes from. Trying to get away from processed, adulterated, chemical laced pseudo-food that is so common today. Returning to our Grandparents type of diet (or close to it). And we both like to cook, sometimes we even cook together, in the same kitchen, at the same time(not sure about that cleanup stuff though). Leftovers is sort of a way of life with us (or is that us..... leftovers????)
BUT we still like to eat out now and then. especially where the food is good, and the friends are real. SOOOO keep those "Eat Out" invites comming... remember that wise old Chineese proverb "If it's free, It's for Me"
BUT that is just me.... and what do I know?????

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