Creamy Asparagus Soup




Asparagus Soup!!! Ahhhhhhh!  I think I love asparagus season nearly as much as I love pumpkin season!!!  This Creamy Asparagus Soup works up quickly and easily and is soul soothingly delicious.  I'm pretty sure it could be a cog in the wheel to world peace.

 Creamy Asparagus Soup

 

Creamy Asparagus Soup Ingredients:



Creamy Asparagus Soup Directions:

  1. Saute onion, garlic, and seasoned salt in bacon fat for about ten minutes, until onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a light boil.  Add asparagus.
  3. Simmer covered for 20 - 30 minutes, until asparagus is soft.  
  4. Add heavy cream, and puree with an immersion blender until smooth (or carefully pour into your upright blender).
  5. ENJOY!!!


Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
 Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup
 

*bacon fat will yield the most robust flavor, but you can sub butter or olive oil if need be
**sub with vegetable stock if you don't eat meat
***vegans and strict paleo can omit this entirely (it really is still delicious), or you can sub coconut milk

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Not in the mood for soup?  Then be sure to check out my recipe for the BEST ROAST ASPARAGUS EVER!

The Best Roast Asparagus EVER



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All Purpose All NATURAL Citrus Vinegar Spray



We've been moving slowly and steadily toward living healthier, more natural, and less wasteful lives.  More whole foods, less paper goods, more recycling, less chemicals.  You know the drill.  We're no saints, but I do feel like there's some good headway being made.  

A while back we nixed chemical laden cleaners and since then have primarily used vinegar - but as much as I love vinegar for it's cleaning abilities, the smell just makes my stomach turn.  There's nothing refreshing about walking into a house that reeks of pickle juice.  So when we began composting and learned that you're not supposed to add citrus rinds to the compost pile, I started looking for ways to use our peels.  I mean, after all... we live in Florida, so there's a lot of citrus happening!

My girlfriend told me about her magic All Purpose Citrus Vinegar Spray, and I just had to try it.  While it doesn't smell like the store-bought "citrus" cleaners, it also doesn't (THANKFULLY) smell like straight vinegar.  And it cleans so so SO well.  I am completely in love with this stuff and have been using it like a mad woman.  You know it works when it can power through the bathroom shared by my FOUR BOYS (((gag)))!

All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray

All Purpose Citrus Vinegar Spray Ingredients:

  • Citrus peels (I'm partial to grapefruit, but we put in whatever's on hand)
  • White vinegar

All Purpose Citrus Vinegar Spray Directions:

  1. Grab a mason jar and stuff it full of citrus peels (I keep my peels in the freezer until they're ready to be used), fill remaining space with white vinegar.
  2. Put a lid on the jar, and sit it in the kitchen window.  Jostle every day or so.
  3. After two weeks, strain and pour into a spray bottle. (I keep my bathroom spray at full strength and my other bottles are diluted 50% with filtered water).
  4. Enjoy your chemical free, kid safe cleaning spray.

All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
stuff your peels in!
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
fill to the tippity top with vinegar
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
no, seriously.  alllll the way to the top.
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
"why you not taking pictures of ME, mommy?"
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
steep on the windowsill (it's a good idea to mark the date on the lid)
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
it's ready, freddy!
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray
go ahead and give those rinds a good squeeze
All Natural Citrus Vinegar Spray

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Lemon Butter Steamed Artichoke in Ten Minutes!



Lemon Butter Steamed Artichokes

I was recently invited to Southern Exposure, a huge produce convention in Orlando, Florida.  Lemme tell ya, folks.  It was awesome.  I was asked to sit at a table with other bloggers and talk to the attendees about how we can work together and bring more fruits and veggies to people's tables.  I was able to meet tons of people in the industry and get a real feel for how brands perceive bloggers (note: it was a very mixed bag!), also I spent the day with some of my favorite local food bloggers.  Annnnnnnd!!!  At the end of the day, we were sent home with some of the *most* fantastic produce.  

Southern Produce Fair
Come on by and chat with the food bloggers! #SouthernProduce
Interesting fruit at the southeast produce council!
Holy produce, batman! #southernproduce
Mmmmm... colorful dinner!
Sautéed zucchini & mushrooms.
Now *that's* a meal fit for vacation.


One of my favorite scores was about a half dozen gorgeous artichokes.  I was looking forward to savoring them all on my own, but low and behold... turns out my 7 year old and 2 year old love them as well.  And who can get upset about kids digging healthy food?  Not this gal.  Normally I would fix these artichokes up with breadcrumbs and parmesan, but since I'm chowing down caveman style these days, I did a simple lemon butter drizzle.  And it was fabulous.  FAB. U. LOUS.


Lemon Butter Steamed Artichokes

Lemon Butter Steamed Artichoke, Ingredients:

  • Artichokes
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter (or olive oil)
  • Salt

Lemon Butter Steamed Artichoke, Directions:

  1. Cut the top off of your artichokes, and trim tips of the remaining leaves with scissors. (Careful, they're sharp!).  Also, cut off the stem so your artichoke sits flat.
  2. Place artichoke(s) in a lidded microwave safe container and drizzle generously with butter (or oil) and lemon juice, making sure to get liquid all the way down to the base of the leaves.
  3. Fill container with about one inch of water (err on the side of too much, if you run dry it will scorch the bottom of your artichoke) and sprinkle liberally with salt (I'm partial to freshly ground sea salt).
  4. Microwave covered on high for ten minutes (or 12-14 for two artichokes).
  5. Enjoy!!!
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Steamed Lemon Butter Artichoke
Lemon Butter Steamed Artichokes



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