I didn’t realize until I started writing this blog just how often I make soup.  Let me tell you — it’s often!  And if my last attempt at salsa and oatmeal bars is any indicator, it’s a pretty good thing I stick to soup.  I’m just not very good at the other stuff!

This soup turned out pretty great, and I took a lot of liberties with the recipes I found, so I’m pretty proud of the result.

First, I consulted these three recipes which gave me the basic idea for the soup.

Everyday Maven (click here)

Clean and Delicious (click here)

Food and Wine (click here)

When it came down to it though, none of those specifically spoke to what I wanted or what I had on hand, so I kind of winged it from there.

I added some celery.  After looking back on it, I probably wouldn’t have added quite so much as celery has such a strong taste.

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I also added fresh tomatoes and quite a few fresh herbs – I like flavorful soup!  And then just to make sure it had enough flavor, I also used dried Italian herbs.  I think it was the first time since starting the CSA that I have used dried herbs.

 

 

 

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The Swiss chard was a bit of a surprise to me.  I’ve had it before on multiple occasions, but I don’t remember it tasting quite this good.  The texture and flavor were amazing.

Unfortunately soup doesn’t photograph so well because of the heat, but I still couldn’t help but include one picture of my final product.

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Once we were done with dinner, I decided to try to regrow our celery from the stump.  It has been sitting in water for about half a week now, and it’s already beginning to sprout and grow roots!  From what I have read, this is a long process, but if it all works out, I’ll show you my end result!

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My children have been bugging me to bake, and even though I am the world’s worst baker, I have promised them an attempt at zucchini bread.  Wish me luck!