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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

We all know this has been a particularly rough winter. The only thing it’s been good for is helping to fill otherwise awkward moments of silence in conversation. I, like so many others, have turned to heartier foods to ease the pain of looking like a marshmallow in my puffy coat every time I leave the house due to the harsh temperatures. Ariel and I receive a weekly box from Quinciple filled with local and seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, and other delicacies carefully curated by their team. They also send recipes with each week’s delivery which you can whip up or just use the ingredients to do your own thing. I decided to use their recipe for a Beef Stew with Butternut Squash but give it my own spin – aka change it to use what I already had in the house so I didn’t have to brace myself for the cold. Print Beef Stew with Butternut Squash Author: Whitney Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  1 hour Total time:  1 hour 30 mins Serves: 4-6 people   …

Crock-it! Moroccan Chickpea Stew

That’s right, it’s crock-pot time. The weather in NYC is getting colder, errr was until today, so that means it’s time for hearty stews. For me that means it’s time to dust off the crock-pot. YESSSS! It’s almost as good as November 1st: my self-imposed day of when I have to wait to start listening to Christmas music. To kick off crock-pot season I made this Moroccan Chickpea Stew. I set my crock-pot to cook before I went off to class last night and couldn’t wait to get home to try my soup. Well I came home and I was walking through the halls and I smelled an aroma of something delicious, immediately I thought to myself “oh I wonder what Ariel is cooking, it smells so good”! Dumb dumb me I truly “set it and forget it”! It was MY soup that smelled so good! I wanted to do something different than my go-to crock-pot recipe of a bunch of veggies combined with either noodles or barley, this definitely shook it up. I am …

Canned Soup: from Blah to Voila!

This is the enemy… Canned soup takes about 5 minutes to cook. The hardest part is probably opening the can. Just open, pour and heat. You don’t even need to add water anymore. The convenience of the soup in a can is extraordinary. Even for clean up- you just have to wash one dish. However, canned soup has some pretty serious problems. Among those are bland broth, way too much salt, mushy vegetables, and slick, slide down your throat noodles. You all know what I’m talking about. I also feel like every canned soup tastes the same. Especially when you get to the lighter, less chunky, low sodium, low fat kinds. Today I want to discuss some ways to remedy some problems that you find from canned soup because let’s face it, not many people have time to sit by the stove waiting for ham hocks to release their delicate pork flavor into a mix of freshly made chicken stock and tender vegetables. The thing is that I think we have all forgotten how soup …

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

My whole life I have always loved french onion soup. How could one possibly not enjoy that warm beefy broth with tender onions? How could one not devour the broth soaked crouton smothered in creamy, gooey, and slightly torched cheese? If I had to think of a perfect comfort food, it would definitely be french onion soup. Served in a hot ceramic bowl, overflowing with cheese, it is perfect every time. Disaster struck the day I realized that french onion soup was a big kosher no-no. The soup breaks a cardinal rule of Kosher-ism by mixing milk and meat. Yikes! From that day forward, I vowed to find a replacement. I had to find something that could sooth my soul equally, if not better, than my beloved french onion soup. On a cold and rainy day last week, I began to research soups to make for the upcoming chilly months. It was then when I happened upon Kayotic Kitchen’s, Sweet Onion and Bread Soup. The name itself sounds tantalizing and Kayotic Kitchen’s pictures were just …

Whit’s Tidbits: Roasted Carrot Soup and my Dad’s garden

All summer I’ve been hearing about the wonderful produce coming from my Dad’s garden. Pretty much every time I talk to my parents I hear about the huge white summer squash or the fresh eggplant coming from the garden. I’ve been a little jealous to say the least. Well I am home in Nashville for a few days so I have been taking FULL advantage of the fresh produce Dad is growing. On Sunday he walked in with a massive basket of like fifty carrots and announced “Whitney, find something to do with all of these”. So I did. A few ideas right off the top of my head were carrot cake, carrot cupcakes, or carrot muffins, but my Dad prefers the savory versus sweet, so I had to do a little recipe searching. I found this recipe for Roasted Carrot Soup on Sea Salt with Food, showed it to Dad, asked Mom if she approved, and got to work. Dad helped peel and clean carrots and soon we were all cooking. My mom was …

Dabbling in the Kitch – Tuscan White Bean Soup

For those of you who live in New York, you will have noticed that yesterday was quite an anomaly of a normal summer day. It was rainy, breezy and cold. Mother nature was certainly lending herself to a more autumn feel. After taking about a 20 minute walk and enduring the dreary drizzle, I was really craving some soup. Since I have been making a lot of potato based soups recently, I wanted to try something a bit different and not so heavy and thick. When I was younger I used to enjoy white bean soup. The problem is that a lot of white bean soups are made with ham hocks or some sort of pork to make them a bit salty and well, meatier. Since this isn’t an option for me and I needed some inspiration, I turned to the Food Network. Michael Chiarello has a great recipe for Super Tuscan White Bean Soup. While he does include a tiny bit of prosciutto, the soup has enough hearty flavors that it doesn’t quite need …

Whit’s Tidbits: Gazpacho

First off let me apologize for not blogging in over a week! My trusty Mac hard drive broke (for the second time) leaving me without a computer for a week or so. Then once I got my computer back, everything was gone so it took like a day to upload all my pictures because I have over 2,000 on my camera. Whew. But all is well now! Got the computer back and don’t think I needed anything too much that was on my old hard drive, or at least I hope not. My friends and I ventured to the Jersey Shore for the fourth of July to spend the weekend at our friend Elise’s house. All in all a very successful weekend. Good food, friends, and drinks. Scratch that GREAT food. I was so happy to be pampered by Elise’s parents’ cooking. Throughout the weekend we had broccoli slaw, potato salad, brisket, a brie round, burgers and hot dogs of course, and this Gazpacho. This is my friend’s Elise’s recipe and it is fabulous! I …

Dabbling in the Kitch – Zucchini Vichyssoise

First of all I would like to give a very big thank you to my MOM! The other day I got a package in the mail. It was a gigantic box and I wondered what it could possibly be. I opened it..and it was a Cuisinart FOOD PROCESSOR!! No more chunky edamame hummus.   Thanks Mom!  Today was the first day that I got to experiment with my new present. I decided that soup would be a great thing to try. Also, Whitney is sick so soup would be a good throat soother. Feel better Whit!  I decided to try Ina’s Zucchini Vichyssoise soup. Vichy-what? Vichyssoise is a type of French soup that is actually served cold. To be honest, I have only eaten this soup warm since it hasn’t had enough time in the fridge to chill and it is just delicious. I think though that it would be a very refreshing chilled soup. When I usually think of summer soups, my mind goes straight to gazpacho. I love gazpacho but sometimes I just …

Crock-it! Yumyum Vegetable Barley Soup

Crock-it! That’s right, it’s crock pot time yall! My parents gave me my beloved crock pot at the beginning of this year. And when I say they “gave” it to me, I actually mean I nagged them until they bought one for me, thanks Mom and Dad! What can I say? I’m persistent, and it’s a good thing too. I don’t know how I would’ve survived this year without it. Newsflash: we’re in a recession! There’s no shame in making a big ol’ pot of soup to slurp on for a week. It won’t break your budget OR take too much time out of your schedule because you “fix it and forget it”! Yep, I went there, it’s the official crock pot/slow cooker infomercial slogan. But it is so true. Sundays I pick a recipe, chop up all the ingredients, throw them in the pot, set it and, say it with me now, FORGET IT! Some hours later I have 5 quarts of delicious warm soup waiting for me. Obviously, I don’t eat all 5 quarts …