Go Local:: From Farmstand to Kitchen Sink Soup
One of my favorite things about summer, in addition to visiting the farmer's markets, are the farm stands dotted throughout the city. Last week Juliet and I stopped at this one:
So today I decided to whip up a batch of "Kitchen Sink Soup," using lots of the veggies we bought at the farmstand. Here's the result:And here's the recipe for you:
First, saute some chopped onion, garlic, and celery in a bit of olive oil until soft. To this add 4 medium-sized chopped potatoes, 2 sliced zucchinis, 2 mild green peppers, 1 fresh chopped tomato, and a jar of salsa. Next mix in 2 tsp. of chicken base or bouillion and about 4 cups of water along with some cooked, shredded chicken and a cup or so of cooked or canned beans. Heat to boiling, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for an hour. Spoon into bowls, top with a dash of hot sauce and slurp away!
I love making soups because you can be so creative and literally use whatever fresh veggies you have on hand - green beans would be a good addition, and I forsee using all fresh tomatoes (and some fresh hot peppers) instead of salsa once my Big Boys start to ripen, which will hopefully be soon! It's been a pretty cool summer here in Minnesota, so we'll see...if nothing else, I'll go back to the farmstand and stock up big time.
Wishing you all the best of summer's bounty!
What's not to love about Veggie Soup!? I think we eat our fair share of this around here, but reading this has gotten me all excited about those heads of cabbage I passed over at the market this weekend. I love cabbage in my veg. soup!
So, you did it!!! Last week we handily landed ourselves 13 links to the Go Local Challenge for week 9. This means you've earned a giveaway for sure!!! I'll be drawing a name this week and contacting one lucky winner. Don't worry...I'll show you the loot, too. And there will be another giveaway coming right up. So keep those linkies coming and get cookin' friends! There's no better time than August to GO LOCAL!!!!