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Mother’s Day Spinach Soup and Homemade Croutons

11 May

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. And you know what Mother’s Day always brings? Greeting cards.

Some people could care less about greeting cards (cough, cough, my husband). But others, like me, can’t get enough of them. I think it’s a genetic sentiment that was passed down from my grandma, to my mom, and then to me.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

My grandma is a rock star when it comes to greeting cards. A very strict rock star. She doesn’t miss a thing. You have a birthday? You get a card. You have an anniversary? You get a card? They make a new holiday? You get a card.

The cards my grandma sends aren’t just any old cards, either. Her trademark is underlining sweet snippets and highlighting the tear-jerker phrases. Because of all the time she invested in this throughout my life, I can’t’ help but carry this on to some degree in my adult life. Every time I am in the greeting card section, you’re sure to find me with tear-filled eyes and an occasional stained cheek. I am extremely sentimental when it comes to cards. Thanks, Grandma and Mom for teaching me the beauty and power of a greeting card.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

I also have to thank my mom and grandma for teaching me the comfort of soup. Soup is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I could probably eat soup every day of the week and not get tired of it.

Mother's Day Spinach Soup and Croutons

When I first saw this recipe for Spinach Soup, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. Spinach? in a soup? in a smooth soup? Yes to all three, and I’m glad I tried this. The soup is creamy and smooth, has a fairly mild spinach flavor, and has incredible, garlicky, homemade croutons. (The croutons may or may not be the best part!) If you don’t want a spicy soup, no worries, just leave out the red pepper flakes.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Hope you enjoy and that this new soup brings you some comfort. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Soup

And don’t forget about last year’s Mother’s Day Cinnamon Rolls…always a solid breakfast choice.

Mother's Day Cinnamon Rolls

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

5 Dec

My grandma is old-fashioned. That’s putting it mildly. She has a very ’50s-housewife mentality, bless her heart. Now you might think that since I have a cooking blog, that I, too, am old-fashioned, cutesy, and housewifey. You’d be wrong (although I don’t mind the cutesy part).

No matter how many times I try explaining to my grandma that it’s actually not necessary for me to fold my husband’s laundry, cook his favorite meals every day, and go to bed with curlers in my hair, she never stops trying to make me change (again, bless her heart).

On Black Friday, we were eating Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch like happy little turkeys. We were taking turns reheating our individual plates. My husband heated his plate up first, so he was almost finished eating by the time I was just sitting down. Seconds after I sat down, my grandma addressed my husband.

Grandma: “Now if you want any seconds, just tell Adrianne and she’ll go get them for you.”

Husband: Says nothing; stares at me.

Me: “Nice try, Grandma, but actually he can get them for himself.”

This is a typical scene when we’re at  Grandma’s house. She always laughs my comments off and thinks I’m being cheeky. I am amazed at her tenacity to make me a doting servant. She puts up a real fight, though—I’ll give her that.

This soup is one of my personal favorite meals. I make it a lot (whether or not my husband approves). He likes it, too, though, so I don’t think Grandma would get on my case too much.

Broccoli cheese soup is one of my favorite things to order at restaurants. It usually never disappoints. It’s hard for me to recreate it exactly at home, but this version might even be superior. It’s easy and even heartier with the addition of potatoes and carrots. It’s thick, chunky, and even has a creamy base—just like restaurant-style.

Chop broccoli, carrots, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Cover with water and the bouillon cube. Simmer veggies about 10 minutes, or until tender.

Stir in cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix until smooth. (more…)

Chicken Cilantro Bisque

10 Oct

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The weather is not too hot, not too cold, and perfect for cute sweaters, scarves, and boots. Also, you can call it by its fancier, more sophisticated name, autumn. (It’s fun to be hoity-toity now and again, isn’t it?)

Fall Autumn is also the perfect soup weather. And while we’re on the right track, how about calling it by a fancier name, bisque?

I promise this bisque is simple, yet sophisticated. (And, no, it doesn’t taste like mint just because it’s green!)

The bisque has a tame flavor, and I would venture to say it’s just a gussied up, fancier version of plain, old chicken soup. But your guests will be oh-so-impressed, and that makes it taste even better.

Simmer together broth, cilantro, onion, garlic, and cumin for 15 minutes.

Pour into blender, add flour, and puree until smooth.

Return smooth soup to pan.

Stir in evaporated milk.

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