Between a miserable cold I had all week and a major storm forecast for the weekend, I've been a major homebody lately. The storm turned out to be much less apocalyptic than forecast, but the cold has really hit me hard. Luckily we are well into soup season! As usual for this time of year, I've been cooking tons of soup - this week it was chicken noodle early in the week, followed by tomato with grilled cheese. There's nothing like a bowl of homemade soup on a cold fall night. Even with all the stormy weather, Andy and I managed to squeeze in a walk in the Redmond Watershed Sunday afternoon during a brief gap in the torrential rain. After a week cooped up inside, a short walk in the woods was the best medicine I could ask for!Read More
You may recall that one of the items from my fall fun list was "Make soup. So much soup. All the soup. Possibly get tired of soup." There was one soup in particular I was looking forward to making - Fall Sausage Minestrone. I found the recipe for this soup in Dishing Up Washington, a cookbook I was given as a Christmas gift a few years ago. Every recipe I've tried from it so far has become an immediate favorite, and this soup is no exception.
I must have made three or four batches of this soup last year. This was quite an achievement considering I refuse to make it with anything but elusive and very seasonal chanterelles. To me this soup is the perfect combination of fall flavors: the squash, mushrooms, and the sausage combine to make a rich, earthy, hearty soup that I can't get enough of. We'll see how many times make it this year - so far I'm only on batch number 1!Read More