I’m not entirely sure that I’m ready for soup weather.
Sure, it’s nice when I’m able to start busting out my boots and sweaters again. And sure, it’s nice to be able to turn my oven on without turning the entire apartment into a sauna. But it’s always so hard to say goodbye to summer produce. Especially when the food blogosphere jumps back on the pumpkin train and you feel like you’re hanging on to summertime all by your lonesome. I’M JUST NOT READY FOR PUMPKIN, YOU GUYS.
Fortunately, I have eight whole days of summer left. And I’m going to eat as much summer produce as I can get my hands on. Even if chilly weather forces me to put that produce into soup.
And speaking of soup, THIS ONE RULES.
Confession: I’m not really a tomato soup person. Never have been. I think it’s because so much of the tomato soup I saw as a kid came from cafeterias and cans, which meant it was BASICALLY just tomato water which meant YUCK. But over the last couple of years, I’ve been a little more open to the idea. I’ve even ordered it INTENTIONALLY once or twice (GASP).
This soup is the perfect end-of-summer, start-of-fall soup. It’s simple and easy to make, and it’s hearty and warm without being heavy: just what I needed to help me get ready for fall. The apple in this soup is kind of amazing – it lends a nice, bright flavor without overpowering the tomato. Hit it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to garnish and serve with a hunk of crusty bread or a grilled cheese for maximum deliciousness. [read more...]
I am in loooooove with these tartlets.
First, they’re delicious, which is obviously somewhat important. Second, (the VERY important part) they are MINIATURE, which means they are perfect for dinner parties where everyone gets a cute little individual dessert (also, perfect to make for just yourself and eat one by one over the course of an afternoon). [read more...]
I’m guest posting today for The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project, celebrating the conclusion of our Summer Reading Series (#SeafoodReads) with some deeeeee-licious spice-rubbed salmon and some perfectly light and fresh cilantro-lime rice.
I got together with my friend Helen from Sitka Salmon Shares (founding SSBP partner and co-sponsor of #SeafoodReads!) a few months back to dive into some gorgeous sockeye salmon and do a wee bit o’ recipe testing. Sitka Salmon Shares was started by a few friends and a professor of mine from college, and they are an AWESOME, AWESOME company that brings sustainable, wild-caught Alaskan salmon to consumers in the Midwest. If you’re in one of their service areas (parts of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan), I highly recommend signing up for a salmon share. [read more...]
I should totally write a Shakespeare-style love poem to tomatoes. I could call it The Tomato Sonnet: Why Summer is Awesome and Tomatoes are Better than Candy and Winter Should Just Stay Far, Far Away. I’m sure it would be a huge hit.
I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer, you guys. I start class again next Tuesday (WHAT NO WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN) and I’m down to my last piece of sockeye (although Coho salmon should be getting in this week, so you can expect me to be all over THAT) and I have been listening to the summer-y-est summertime country music all day long and living in denial about school and impending cold weather and PLAY IT AGAIN, SUMMER, PLAY IT AGAIN. [read more...]
Everything is better with wine.
Especially when the wine is accompanied by risotto. And then covered in butter and cheese. And consumed with a big ol’ glass of even more wine. Ya dig? [read more...]