Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Well it's Spring which means I break out the recipe for Cream of Asparagus Soup. Which I took to a house concert for a group called "Hot Soup". Little did I know that very soup figured so prominently in the song. So bonus on the choice for the evening.

So here it goes:Celestial Cream of Asparagus

Slice 2 cups of leeks- soak to remove dirt and then saute in olive oil- 2 T
Slice 2 Lbs of Asparagus discard the woody ends, and then add to the pot, along with 2 Qts of vegtable or chicken stock.
Add 2/3 C of miso-I use South River Brand hearty brown rice miso
season with a dash of salt, 1/4 tsp white pepper(check and if not spicy enough you can up this at the end). And a generous dose of grated nutmeg- fresh grated ups the taste a bit, I love it so I typically grate at least half a nut, or about a tsp.

Cook until the asparagus is fork tender than I blend using a stick blender- which is the best kitchen tool ever made(at least during soup season).

Add 1 Qt of fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and 1/4 C of good parmesean or asiago cheese and just heat through. This feeds about 15 more if you are just doing 1/2 C servings. This doubles well for a crowd.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

To Blog or Not to Blog that was the question

So my first posting- life's journey has become about Art, Service, Great Food, Music and Friends which all deserve capital letters!

Cindy Wimmer gets credit for being the challenge that got me into the Blogisphere. Antique buttons have been a weak spot since I was very young. I've shared them with hat makers, beaders, embroidery artist's, quilters and seamstresses along the way. I've also collected and used them in my jewelry, vintage clothing updates, molds and stamps for PMC and just to sit and look beautiful in jars and dishes.

Lorelei Eurto gets credit for giving me a nudge to try challenges and for showing me how buttons can be a clasp, link or focal that other components just can't match.

So baby stepping my way into new territory for me, but happy to have a web presence where some of my art, words, adventures and recipes can bring inspiration, humor and gratification to others.