My grandpa loved this soup. It's one of the few things I can remember making for him that he loved. The other is my lemon lavender cheesecake- that he adored. It's so heartbreaking how we have these people in our lives & we share memories with them, we cook for them (that's how I love people the best) and then one day they're gone. And for the life of me I can't remember certain things like which of the foods I cooked for him that he loved the most. I only remember those two... So for now I hold on to these things, these memories. I know it's so cliche but find out the details while you still can because when someone is gone, they're gone. And it can happen just like that...and you can be clinging to winter squash & apple soup and lemon lavender cheesecake, wishing for more.
I'm not sure about the rest of the country but it is hotttt here in Jacksonville, FL. Spring, thank you for showing face for about 2 weeks... next time feel free to stick around longer.
When I lived in South Florida we really only had 2 seasons, Deathly Hot and Warm, at least in Jacksonville we have Cool, Chilly, Warm, and Deathly Hot (can't avoid that one sadly). Hey, I'll take what I can get. This watermelon salad will cool you right off. It's perfect for BBQ weather (or basically the majority of the year weather if you're in Florida)
I love root vegetables! Roasted up, yeah, that's the good stuff! These are made even better by brushing them with a delicious sauce that takes just a minute to whip up.
This soup is simple but has some really definitive and bold flavors that will warm your bones during this chilly weather.
I've become quite fond of collards in the past couple years, a vegetable I've never even heard of up until then. Simmered seems to be one of the most popular ways to cook them, and I can see why. They become tender and delicious, soaking up the flavor of the liquid and seasonings you cook them in.
Literally all you have to do is throw this stuff into a crock-pot and wait, how amazing is that? And at the end of it you'll have a rich, creamy black bean soup worth writing home about. You can really elevate this dish with the garnishes as well- a little avocado and a squeeze of lime (which I did), but you could also add a sprig of cilantro, a diced tomato, or anything else your heart desires. Regardless of the garnishes, this soup is insanely easy to make and delicious.
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