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Enter Asparagus Soup and Exit Winter Squash Soup

Enter the world of an easy soup to make (Asparagus Soup). A almost, year round, favorite, of mine. What you’ll need: a knife for chopping, a sauté pan, spatula, Dutch oven, and blender. Use caution while chopping, touching hot items, and place hand, putting pressure over lid while using a blender.

Ingredients: half a sweet yellow onion, a bunch of asparagus, four sprigs of garlic, chicken stock, olive oil, salted or unsalted butter

Total Time: Give yourself a couple hours of stretch time because you will be prepping, sautéing, boiling, simmering, cooling, and blending.

Start by prepping the star of the show (asparagus). I tend to chop the ends off, discarding of them. Technically, you can use them. But it might add a touch of bitterness. Then, chop the rest, I do so, in thirds.

Next, chop the onion and try to do so with the same size pieces. This allows onion pieces to cook through, evenly.

The third step calls for, four sprigs of garlic.

Step 1: I heat up a sauté pan with about three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of unsalted or salted butter. Put the chopped yellow sweet onion in it, along with the four sprigs of garlic. Sauté until translucent and the garlic cloves are browned on the edges. The aroma is amazing. Transfer to a Dutch oven. Set aside.

Step 2: Repeat step one, using the asparagus pieces. There is no need to use more olive oil and/or butter. If you feel you need more olive oil, go ahead and add some. Sauté until the asparagus pieces are soft or flexible, with some browning action. Transfer to the Dutch oven with the onions and garlic already there, using your spatula or whatever works for you. Sometimes I opt for a soup ladle to do the job.

Step 3: Add 32 oz of chicken or vegetable broth to the Dutch oven. I prefer chicken stock (low sodium or regular). Stir and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Once you have brought your ingredients to a boil, cover and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. This process softens the ingredients even more and prepares them for the blender.

Step 5: Let cool, catch up on daily tasks or relax.

Step 6: Once cooled, transfer the soup to a blender in batches. One at a time and blend until you have the right substance to your liking. I usually liquify. You can heat and serve using a pot, the quantity you desire. I tend to store mine in a container for later consumption. It’s part of my meal prepping process. Lasts up to four days in my fridge.

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Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup ❤️

Why not, wake up on Thanksgiving morning and make a HUGE pot of soup! Actually, I think it was a crazy idea, since I’m the only one eating it. Luckily, my mom says she’ll take some when she sees me next (When she drops of a traditional Thanksgiving plate of food for me in the next couple of days).

It’s hard making these recipes from “mom” blogs, when it’s just the two of us at home (My partner and I). Also, I plan on never making one of The Pioneer Women’s recipes ever again. I could have fed my entire block. There has got to be a recipe book out there dedicated to feeding only two people. But really, it’s not the end of the world. I enjoy cooking.

And it is a tasty soup. I’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week. Below is the recipe for the Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/autumn-carrot-and-sweet-potato-soup.html

Here is how mine came out (Tasty and delicious):

Happy Thanksgiving

– candaceinthecity

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s been quite sometime since my friend introduced me to banana bread. She was such a good cook and told me banana bread was easy. Since then, I’ve tried to recreate her banana bread. In search of a simple, easy recipe has led me to https://www.foxyfolksy.com/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/?fbclid=IwAR3vmXeoA_jPCXHzOFy2bA-DrpLpQ5528v_yNojMZ3RT2n4PXmq0MiRkfho. It’s a recipe for banana bread I have on repeat. Check it out.

Are you a fan of banana bread? Do you have a good banana bread recipe? Do you prefer making your banana bread with butter versus oil?

– candaceinthecity

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Covid-weary Menu Plans for Thanksgiving 2020

No one wants to hear about the Covid stink but the countdown to Thanksgiving begins with 32 more days until Christmas. Thanksgiving is different this year. My Thanksgiving will be minus family members who couldn’t travel to see us due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. And wearing a face covering at Thanksgiving dinner at my parents place sounds unappealing to me. I would wear a face covering to save lives but due to the absence of people who couldn’t make it, our traditional Thanksgiving festivities were canceled.

My partner and I have decided to have a small gathering of just the two of us at home. We have decided to not do a traditional Thanksgiving menu plan. Instead, my partner and I are ordering takeout to throw into the Thanksgiving mix. Also, a lot of restaurants won’t be open on Thanksgiving. We plan to celebrate on either Wednesday or Friday to be able to either catch one of our favorite local eateries open for business or beat the crowds.

The three restaurants to choose from for our Covid-weary menu plans for Thanksgiving 2020 are: Chili’s, Olive Garden, and Cucina Alessa. My partner is leaning towards Chili’s. Seeing we had spaghetti for dinner last night (Sunday night), I might prefer food that is not Italian. Chili’s baby back ribs sound good. It’s the foodie in me talking again.

Also, my mom will be dropping off a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving for us from what she is making. She lives about a twenty minute drive away from us and we all will be wearing face coverings. It works out. We can have the best of both worlds. And, I’ll have to admit I’ve never prepared or baked a turkey in my life. Never have I ever made the side dishes. Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner is something I want to practice in odd months after the New Year. Conquering a Thanksgiving feast is something I’ve always wanted to learn. Maybe you are the same way.

Warm wishes for the holidays!

– candaceinthecity