Monday, November 14, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Turkey & White Bean Soup

Source: My Father's Daughter

I'm really excited to share this week's Recipe of the Week selection with you guys. Not only is it another super tasty soup (I wasn't kidding about my whole soup obsession), it is also my first original Recipe of the Week! If you read D*lish regularly, you know that my Recipes of the Week are always taken from other bloggers, websites or cookbooks, but this week I happened to come up with a stellar recipe that I didn't get around to photographing. I didn't feel like waiting to share it, so here it is!

The basis for this dish comes from Gwyneth Paltrow's white bean soup (pictured above), found in her cookbook, My Father's Daughter. The original recipe is super simple and delicious, but I thought it could benefit from some modifications and additions, so I played around with it. I ended up adding some ground turkey, rosemary, Parmesan and spinach, and substituting chicken stock for vegetable stock.

A small portion of this soup is great for a light workweek lunch, while a larger portion accompanied by some bread and veggies makes for a warm and hearty dinner (I recommend caramelized brussel sprouts). 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Moroccan Lentil Soup

Source: Big Girls Small Kitchen

One of my favorite things about cooking in the fall/winter is soups. When September hits and Chicago transitions from dress to sweater weather, I begin to look forward to that first really cold, windy day when I can finally whip up a big pot of soup.

Soups are great for a lot of different reasons. In general, they are inexpensive, portable and keep well, which means one or two hours of work and you're set for the week. Also, they are usually pretty nutritious, and with a few small modifications you can make them lighter and healthier or heavier and heartier, depending on what you're in the mood for.

During soup season, I try to experiment with a new variety each week. I recently tried this amazing lentil soup recipe from BGSK, and it was love at first bite. I made two batches (each batch feeds 4) in the span of a week, and had to force myself to try something different instead of move on to round 3.

The soup in incredibly flavorful, nutritious, and surprisingly filling for how light it is. Added bonus: the combination of aromatic spices will make your kitchen smell amazing. I made a few small modifications that I think really amped the dish up: I added in about half a package of sliced mushrooms with the onion and carrot, threw in some garam marsala and ground coriander with the other spices, and put about 2 tsps of harissa in with the tomato paste. 

If you're into soups and/or Moroccan flavors, I highly recommend you give this dish a try!

Source: Big Girls Small Kitchen

Pumpkin Pancakes

My pumpkin obsession continues, next up: pumpkin pancakes. With the end of pumpkin season on the horizon, I'm trying to squeeze in as many pumpkin recipes as possible before it's over.

These pancakes came about one Sunday morning when I was craving pumpkin, but had gone a little overboard with my favorite muffin recipe (2 batches in one week was a mistake). I adapted my classic pancake recipe to include pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, and added some extra cinnamon and nutmeg. And instead of a classic maple syrup, I put together a special pumpkin pecan syrup to go on top. Everything turned out wonderfully and I've made this recipe a couple of times since.