“a first-rate soup is….

“a first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” – Abraham Maslow

the fog came in today and that was a nice relief from the unusually hot summer days we have been experiencing in HMB. this inspired me to make something warm and cozy and good for me. thank goodness eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. for dinner I made soup using some ingredients from our garden and some from the store. hmmm what to call this soup…how about:

“kitsune’s kitchen sink soup”

makes about 6 servings

  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • sprinkle of red chili flakes
  • 1/2 lb stew beef or could use tofu instead
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 1/2 turnip
  • 1 large potato
  • 5 cups of broth or water
  • 4 dried shitaki mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup brown rice rinsed
  • 4 stalks of dinosaur kale or other green

in a large pot saute chopped onions and garlic and chili flakes until onions are translucent. add stew meat (cut into small pieces) and brown. cover meat with veggie broth (I made mine from the water I steamed kale and swiss chard in for “eggs in a nest” recipe I made for lunch) and let that come to a boil and then lower heat to simmer. While that is happening chop up carrot, sweet potato, turnip, potato into bite size pieces. add veggies and rice and then add remaining broth to cover everything. bring to a boil and then simmer for about 1 hour. add 4 mushrooms and cook 15 minutes. add chopped kale and cook until it is tender, 20 minutes or so. test everything is cooked to your liking – tender enough, and then ladle into bowls. top with croutons and parmesan cheese.

I made croutons by chopping up some rye and sour dough bread. I tossed them in olive oil and garlic and popped into the oven to toast them.


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