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Friday, January 28, 2011

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Nothing beats a hearty and healthy bowl of soup on a cold winter's day:
Spicy mulligatawny soup is a tried-and-true favorite recipe from Cooking Light. I started making this soup back when I lived in Madison. My friend A and I took turns making dinner once a week, always making enough for leftovers for both of us to pack in our lunches. We were both working on master's degrees while teaching and were crazy busy -- it was such a treat just to relax, catch up, have a healthy meal, and know that you'd be all set for at least a couple more days. Fast forward a few years, and now she lives just a few blocks down the street (and across the river).  We don't have the same set dinner schedule, but I still sometimes stop by her house with a tupperware of soup. :-)

NB: I skip the celery, substitute red bell pepper for green, and slightly up the amounts of carrots and bell pepper to make up for the missing celery.

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- One of my goals for 2011 is to make cheese!  Here's a nice collection of links for easy soft cheeses to try.
- The Chrysanthemums mitten pattern in the new Knitty is just too cute. Chrysanthemums always remind me of my grandma Franzie, a true gardener. Her front yard was full of rose bushes, and the back yard was a lush, more casual flower garden (with chrysanthemums, of course).  My grandparents joined up with their neighbors to grow a huge plot of vegetables in a co-op garden a short walk away. My mouth practically waters as I recall picking peas and eating them right there in the garden and as I remember the crunch of their amazing dill pickles.

- A little piece of Wisconsin in the West Village. Stuhlman's model for this place, the charming but now-closed Cafe Montmartre in Madison, was one of my old haunts. 

- Wow, do I miss Wisconsin when I read a story like this. Here's a video:



Note this adorable guy's accent and the Bucky Badger pillow on his sofa. I do worry about how chubby that kitty will become on his high-cholesterol diet...

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the link to this recipe, as I think this is a soup that my husband and I would enjoy. I think I will use your mods, as I'm not a big fan of celery or green peppers.

kim said...

Why must I always read these posts just before lunch. I can almost taste that soup. Those mittens were one of my two favorite picks from the new Knitty. I must try them. Happy Weekend!

Gigi said...

That soup sounds so good! And making cheese in your spare time, are you? I'm impressed!
Blessings,
GG

Chris said...

Almond the tree kit - how odd!!!

peaknits said...

What a great story about Almond - I love it! Thanks for sharing. And those mittens are fabulous! I love the quiet elegance of the color choices, and I really like the cool flower on that hat too!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Making cheese is fun! DH used to make a batch weekly a few weeks ago. The favorite amongst those we know was his stilton, but he did cheddar, jack and gouda too.

That soup sounds fantastic! I'll have to look into a vegetarian version.

Carrie#K said...

That soup sounds delicious. Making cheese now too? Ambitious! But delicious.

Almond the Cat Tree is adorable. How long was that guy planning on feeding him up there? I hope he comes inside. Hez is finally settling down to the joys of being a housecat. Mostly.

Katie M. said...

I love those mittens! And the kitty is the tree is too adorable ... though I did think, meatloaf and salami?! Oh my.

Caroline said...

Mmmm. my husband used to make mulligatawny recipe from Cook's Illustrated, but he hasn't for ages, which is probably for the best since it's definitely a fattening recipe. I'll have to try the Cooking Light one.

My grandma grew chrysanthemums too. I'll have to check out that pattern!

marycatharine said...

That pattern looks great. I wonder why the cat won't leave the tree.

Rue said...

Great video - that definitely made me smile! And that mitten pattern looks lovely, too. I'll bet it would be a great stashbuster for leftover fingering weight yarn.

Sharon said...

I love Cooking Light. I subscribed to years and then last fall bought their cookbook at Costco. There aren't a lot of ingredients, everything tastes fresh and most of the time I have the ingredients - thanks for the link.

La Cabeza Grande said...

I'd seen the video of Almond before and had similar thoughts about the cat's nutritional needs. I can see it's already getting a bit round.

So am I (and more than a bit). Thanks for the info on Cooking Light. It comes just in time.