I’m spending today looking through my Christmas and Winter boards on Pinterest and planing my holiday baking.
I still haven’t perfected rolled out sugar cookies. Plus I love to bake but decorating the cookies is not my strong suit. I saw some beautiful Linzer Cookies the other day and hope to make some of those too. I have a friend who makes holiday candy that looks safe for us to eat so that will make it on the list this year. And don’t forget the Hot Chocolate! I plan on trying some fancy versions this holiday season.
We had a really cold January and we had been traveling, so it was nice to come home and make a nice pot of soup and some corn bread. When traveling with food allergies sometimes you end up eating the same thing over and over.
I like to make this soup when I make Chili for the nightshade eaters. I’m not sure if it’s the color of the soup or the fact that there is beans in it that remind me of Chili. It could be the fact that it tastes better with corn bread. If you have not had chili with corn bread it is the best!
This soup reheats well and I love to add tons of cilantro, avocado and lime on top. Enjoy!
One of my weekly menu planning strategies is to make a soup each week. This is used mostly for my lunches and dinners since I am the only one who enjoys soups other than noodle soup.
Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies. They are available year round and are good in salads, or as a side. I also love them in this hearty soup.
This soup is like french onion with brussels sprouts added. I don’t always caramelize the onions, especially when I’m planing on serving it pureed. Brown soup is not always appetizing. Also adding beef stock to this soup can take it to a whole new level.
Earlier this summer I spent a week in Columbus, Ohio. The convention center there is nice and right near North Market, with all it’s yummy food. Even though there was not a plethora of food there for me to eat, there was a Jeni’s. Over the week I tried the Whole Lemon Sorbet, and the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet. The lemon was really lemony! I love lemon, but this was too much. At least a whole bowl was too much, a few spoonfuls was all you needed. The pear was wonderful. I don’t eat pears too often since I’m the only one in my household that enjoys them, so it was quite a treat.
I’ve had an ice cream maker for almost 20 years, and have not used it since we embarked on our food allergy lifestyle. So I though the poached pear sorbet would be a great way to try it out again. The recipe is very simple, only a few ingredients. I used 3 Bosc pears and 3 Bartlett. Pealed, cut into chunks and boiled them with the other ingredients until they were soft.
Waiting for it to cool is the hardest part. I blitzed it in a food processor, but will try it in my Ninja next time. Then popped it in the freezer.
It’s so refreshing! This summer has been so hot and this is a welcome dairy free treat. Enjoy – Susan
What is it about these cold dreary days that make me want to cook bright looking food? I try to cook a soup at least once a week. I have some tried and true, and then some “only if we are snowed in and have all day” recipes. This recipe falls into the “tried and true” category.
This recipe originally called for potatoes, but I do not eat night shades so I needed a substitute. When I am looking to replace potatoes, if there is not celery in the recipe then I always choose to use rutabaga. (If there was celery I would have used celery root.) I really like rutabagas and wish more people would try them. They have a nice soft texture and a somewhat sweet taste.
The other substitution from the original chowder recipe was the milk. I started out with canned light coconut milk as the liquid for this chowder. Using the canned light coconut milk makes a very smooth thick soup. Recently I have been using the SoDelicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened (green box) to cut out a few calories. The soup ends up not as velvety, but is still very tasty.
There is a tablespoon of flour used to thicken the soup. I used sweet rice flour when I made it, but you could use any gluten free flour or starch.
This soup is gluten-free, dairy-free and nightshade-free.