Springer's Kitchen

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Ginger Carrot Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sweet cream butter
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions

In a 6-quart pan, over medium high heat, add butter and onions and cook, stirring often, until onions are limp.  Add broth, carrots, and ginger.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender when pierced.

Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth.  Return to the pan and add cream, stir over high heat until hot. For a smoother flavor bring soup to a boil, add salt and pepper, to taste.

From Carrot Ginger Soup by Maxine Bonneau.

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Vegetable Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the water and dissolve the bouillon cubes in it. In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent.  Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.  Add the hot broth to the sauce.  Simmer over low heat for 1 more minute, stirring, until thick.  Add salt, pepper, and heavy cream.  Add the vegetables and parsley.  Mix well.

For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl with a pastry cutter. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas.  Slowly add the ice water;just enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together.  Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead quickly into a ball.  Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide the filling equally among 4-6 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough accordingly and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl.  Crimp the dough to fold over the side, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.

Adapted from Chicken Pot Pie by Ina Garten.

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Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Our favorite place to go out to eat in Utah is Zupas.  Our choice of soup, salad, and/or sandwiches with a chunk of french bread and a chocolate-dipped strawberry – heaven!  This is hands-down Tyson’s favorite soup there.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can (13 3/4 to 14 1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 head (2 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese

 

Directions

In 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and salt, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually stir in milk, broth, and 1 1/2 cups water.  Add cauliflower and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. In blender (with center part of blender cover removed to allow steam to escape), blend cauliflower mixture at low speed in small batches until very smooth. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan, and heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat.  Stir in mustard and cheeses until melted and smooth.

From Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup at The Coterie Blog.

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Fresh Tomato Soup

What to do with all the tomatoes your plants keep producing?! Or, in my case, what to do with all the tomatoes my sweep and generous neighbors keep giving me??? I suggest this recipe, ideally served with grilled cheese.  It’s also great because you can make a few batches and freeze it. 🙂

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 3 cups diced onions
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar

 

Directions

Rough chop all the vegetables. It doesn’t matter what they look like because the soup will be blended later, but make sure the carrots, onions and celery are all about the same size so they cook at the same rate.

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add in the carrots, celery and onions and cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook another 5 minutes, but don’t let the vegetables brown. Add in the tomatoes and water or chicken stock. Allow to simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and the carrots are soft.

Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Puree the soup, either with a stick blender or in batches in a conventional blender.  Once the soup is all pureed, push it through a sieve or strainer. The point is that you want to get out the tomato skins and seeds, but push through the rest of the vegetables. If you use too fine a mesh strainer, you will just end up with tomato juice. I lost about 2 cups of “solids”, mostly skin and seeds, during the straining process. (Note: If you prefer, you can skin and seed your tomatoes before making the soup. But this is time consuming and I found it just easier to strain.)

Put all the strained soup back in the pot and add the salt and sugar to taste.

To serve, reheat the soup. Garnish it with a dollop of homemade pesto, a bit of milk or cream to make a “bisque”, chopped tomatoes to make a chunky tomato soup, fresh grilled garden vegetables (corn, zucchini, yellow squash, etc), or even tiny meatballs.  The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination!

Freezes well for a few months.

From Homemade Fresh Tomato Soup by Former Chef.

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Madjadara

I do not like onions – do NOT like those stinky, vicious, little things!!  However, this dish, made for me by my friend Julia Parkinson, introduced me to caramelized onions.  And they are heavenly!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (or 2) cups brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup long grain rice, cooked
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tsp – 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1-2 Tbsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp pepper
  • 6 shakes Mrs. Dash
  •  1/4 cup oil
  • 2 large onions, cut into long slices, moon shaped*
  • Mrs. Dash, cumin, salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

Bring lentils to a boil, and add salt.  When cooked, add rice, cumin, pepper, and Mrs. dash

Meanwhile, sauté the onions in the oil until brown (caramelized) with spices.  Put some of onions and onion oil into lentils when they are done, garnish the dish with remaining onions (the best part).  Eat warm or cold with plain yogurt.

*I’ve never figured out how she cut the onions into beautiful crescent shapes.  I just halve them (and maybe quarter them) and slice them.

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