Soups & Stews

"Maine" Onion Soup

"Maine" Onion Soup

You can learn a lot about someone's cooking habits by the way they prepare onions. Onions are of the most essential ingredients in cuisines around the globe and can impart such great flavor into an array of recipes. Onions require determination as well as patience to maximize their true potential. 

Nourishing Chicken Soup

Nourishing Chicken Soup

Every cook should have a handful of go-to recipes to bust out on a regular basis. This is one of those recipes that just doesn't get old. It's simple to prepare, perfect for all ages, and can change with the seasons. 

Egg Week ~ Put an Egg on It!

Egg Week ~ Put an Egg on It!

For those of you who raise chickens in your backyard, you may know what it's like to have heaps of eggs in the pantry at all times. Since I began raising chickens, I have become accustomed to consuming eggs nearly every day, and sometimes, at multiple meals. Eggs are quick to prepare, packed with quality fats, and the perfect delivery system for various sauces and condiments.

Spinach & Avocado Soup

Spinach & Avocado Soup

Although I am far from a raw foodist, there are many elements of the diet that I still utilize often. This raw soup draws inspiration from my years exploring the art of not cooking features the versatile avocado and fresh overwintered spinach which is well received come April in Maine. The addition of spinach adds a beautiful vibrant color and pairs well with ripe avocado. This simple, yet satiating soup takes minutes to prepare, is light on the body, and is quite refreshing. 

Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut + Curry

Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut + Curry

Winter in Maine calls for lots of soup. Whether I am outdoors doing chores, or building tunnels in the snow with Wilder, nothing warms me to my core like soup. Soup is like a blank canvas, allowing you to take it in so many different directions. Chunky, pureed, meat based or vegetable based, the sky is the limit!

Chilled Pea and Caramelized Onion Soup

Chilled Pea and Caramelized Onion Soup

Here's a simple summer soup I whipped up for the Clean Blog featuring sweet peas and caramelized onions. I love recipes like this on hot summer days when eating warm food just does't feel so appealing. Play around with the herbs and use what's fresh in the garden. Chives, mint, or oregano will work great alongside the sweet peas and onions. 

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

When the workload is demanding, lunch will at times take a back seat. In a pinch, recipes like this are great to have in your catalog. Once all your vegetables are prepped, a nourishing meal will be on the table in less then 20 minutes. This soups was so good, that both Camille and I drank a quart each in about 10 minutes.

 

Buttercup Curry

Buttercup Curry

With over 100 pounds of winter squash purchased from the nearby Peacemeal Farm, I have basically forced myself to use the bounty in new and interesting ways. Butternut, delicata, buttercup, and acorn are happily being stored in my root cellar and will likely last until late March, when my appetite for squash fades away.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

The more these Polar Vortexes keep sending an arctic chill to Maine, the more I crave soup. During the colder months, I tend to make a lot of soup, usually about 2-3 times a week. Every batch is different, but usually starts with a homemade chicken or beef stock. Veggies from the rot cellar then get chopped and added to the flavorful broth along with various herbs, spices, seaweeds, and often times medicinal mushrooms.