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.
Risotto is like the grown up version of Mac and Cheese, isn't it? A big bowl of that creamy yummy warm goodness on a cold or gloomy day- I'm pretty sure that's as close to a perfect night as one could get. No, wait, add a glass of red wine to that- now that is a perfect night. I've always loved risotto, but have never actually made it, until now. That's mainly because I didn't want to spend 45 minutes hovering over the stove, spooning in tiny amounts of broth at a time, stirring, waiting- repeating until it magically turns into risotto. This takes that tedious step out of it, as instead it's baked in the oven. Talk about easy-peasy. And delicious, too.
My grandmother gave me her crepe pan!! This is a huge deal. My childhood can literally be summed up by me and my grandma making crepes together. So naturally the first thing I did was make her famous crepes- these are not them. The second thing I did was experiment- yes, this is the experiment. They were phenomenal. She would love them.
Pheww, that's a mouth full! This a great dish simply because you can modify it to accommodate whatever vegetables you currently have in your fridge/freezer. In it's original form it has both savory and smokey notes with sweetness from the pesto. It's a winner, hands down.
I enjoy developing new recipes and being able to tastes things I've never tried before, but I also love having a few "pocket" recipes that I can always count on. This is one of those pocket recipes. I came home from class and I could see in the sky that another Florida summer thunderstorm was about to roll through and I just thought nothing goes better with dreary weather than delicious soup. This soup is smoky with an underlining heartiness to it that will make you question it's plant-based ingredients. Are you sure there is no bacon in this? Yes, I'm sure.
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