9.20.2008

Fall Blog Soup

Tree Table Runner

It doesn't quite feel like fall here in PDX, but then summer has also lost its lazy, hazy, crazy edge. We're smack inbetween seasons, it seems.

FallCookies

I love fall's urgent reminder to enjoy the crunch of the fallen leaves before they become sloppy leaf stew (here in the pacific nw, at least) and it's crispy day reminder to please put a sweater on before you go outside, dear. And then there's the urge to can, freeze or put up in whatever way you can the fleeting bounty of summer.

Farm Table Runner

But again, we're not quite there yet. So, like other fall-minded bloggers, we took it upon ourselves to usher in the new season by making cookies in our pajamas, enjoying our new fall-inspired, double-sided table runner and sharing this favorite Carrot Orange soup recipe with other soup-minded bloggers today (thanks Jessica, for organizing this fun swap!!):

Carrot Orange Soup with Kale and Crispy Fall Air

FallSoup

2 tbsp butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
8-12 carrots (about 1 1/2 - 2 lbs), sliced into 1-inch pieces
[I used a mixture of red, yellow and purple carrots from our csa bin]
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup orange juice
1 handful fresh kale, roughly torn (or other green such as chard or arugula)
chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)

1. Heat butter in large stockpot on medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ginger and saute for 2 minutes more.

2. Add carrots and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 35 carrots minutes!!! (edited! sheesh, where's my head?)

3. Turn off heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. (Or, transfer to a blender or food processor if you don't have an immersion blender).

4. Return heat to medium-high. Add orange juice and bring to a boil. Add kale and let wilt about 2-3 minutes then remove from heat and season with salt & pepper. Garnish with parsley or cilantro (I plop a cube of frozen, pre-chopped parsley into the mixture during its last boil.

5. Enjoy fall!

20 comments:

Waldeck Dry Goods said...

I love your runner! Where did you find that tree fabric??

Lisa Clarke said...

I may have to try this recipe. I've recently discovered that I like more than just chicken noodle soup from a can, LOL! I'm making turkey curry meatball soup tonight, in fact.

MamaBlogger said...

thanks waldeck! i found both fabrics at www.superbuzzy.com, my favorite japanese fabric shop!!

Michele said...

We didn't make cookies but I thought about it. My kids aren't much into soup - how do you convince yours to eat it?

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

That soups totally screams "FALL!"

Philigry said...

i love fall. that recipe looks so yummy! we made applesauce in the crock pot this morning!
fall baking really gets you in the mood.

Alexis said...

That soup looks great and looks like something my kids might actually eat! Thanks for the recipe!

My Inspired Heart said...

this sounds so good! love that red pot you're cooking it in, too!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the reversible table runner! Isn't Japanese fabric the best? We are moving out of soup weather now -thank goodness!

Jessica said...

You certainly made out with superbuzzy fabric! I love that tablerunner! Your soup recipe sounds quite yummy! I'm going to be cooking up a storm very soon!! Thanks so much for sharing in the Soup Swap!

Elaine said...

It seems a lot of folks are ushering in Fall with some yummy food!

Quiet City said...

I love that table runner! Happy fall to you!

erika~ the inspired mama said...

mmm, that soup looks and sounds fabulously tasty!! happy fall to you!

Simply Stork said...

ok I'm off to make some soup now :o)

yummy :o)

~simply~

kraftykash said...

That soup looks wonderful! Thanks for the recipe. Kashoan

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

Look at you blowin' up with the comments! I LOVE the fabric, both sides, in the runner. Who makes them? Soup looks good as usual. I want an autographed copy of your first cookbook!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Looks yummy :)

amandajean said...

I like your table runner an awful lot!

MoziEsmé said...

Cookies in pajamas? I like that tradition . . .

Andrea said...

I just made this recipe last night and I am in love! I am so glad to have another recipe that uses kale. Hooray for greens! Thank you for sharing!