Warm Soup on a Cold Day

Sorry for the late post. It’s been an intense few weeks with my dad. He’s 86 and is starting to need more extra help–understandably! Sometimes one must choose family over work, and this month has certainly laid claim to that truth.

But, never too busy to find a moment to blog about food! With the weather here in NC nasty and cold, I thought I’d give you a meal featuring one of my favorite comfort foods…soup!

Found this awesome recipe online. It’s delicious and wonderfully warming.

Ginger-Pumpkin Soup

  • 2 can(s) (15-ounce) Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) Chicken BrothGinger-Pumpkin Soup
  • 1 can(s) (11 1/2-ounce) Pear Nectar
  • 1/3 cup(s) Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 clove(s) Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Grated Fresh Ginger Root
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Finely Chopped Green Onion
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Optional)
  • Chopped Chives (Optional)
  • In a 6-quart saucepan, combine pumpkin puree, chicken broth, and pear nectar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes.
  • In a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with chopping blade, process 1 cup pumpkin mixture with peanut butter until smooth. Return to saucepan with the remaining pumpkin mixture. Add garlic, ginger root, green onion, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Divide soup among soup plates and garnish with pumpkin seeds and chives, if desired. Serve immediately.

homemade breadTake the cozy soup factor to max with homemade bread. This video was the best that I found and wasn’t too hard to follow. If you prefer reading how to make easy bread, click the link above.

Easiest cookies everStill feel like baking on a cold, stuck-at-home wintry day? Then let’s end an awesome meal with the easiest cookies to make EVER!

  • 1 boxed cake mix {like Duncan Hines devil’s food}
  • 1/2 cup {1 stick} unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring {optional}
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Use a cookie scoop drop evenly sized potions of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets {or Silpat if possible} and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for at least ten minutes.
  2. Makes 2.5 dozen.

Happy Snow Day!


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