Blizzard warning here in Western Michigan till 10pm tonite.
The pond in winter...our 13 ducks, plus any number of insurgents.
We go thru 50# of cracked corn every 2 days when the weather is this cold.
Fly-by ducks just seem to sense there is food and fellowship here, so they swing by on their way to who knows where, to shoot the breeze with friends!
The view off the back deck today.
Dark and dreary, with more of the same forecast for the next few days.
This kind of weather calls for...TA! DA!
SOUP AND BREAD!
On the left we have homemade cream of tomato with smokey chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.
The chipotle was my twist on an old favorite...gives it a bite without being too overpoweringly hot. Not too much, perhaps 1 pepper in just a bit of the adobe sauce. Pureed to perfection.
On the right is one I tried this summer...Spinach Soup.
I cannot begin to tell you how delicious this is.
And good for you, to boot!
I wasn't going to post the recipe, but as I was typing this, I thought, "No, they must own this !"
Blizzard Spinach Soup
1/4 cup, or less, olive oil
2 large yellow onions, chopped
1 TBL chopped garlic
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white rice
1# fresh, baby spinach
salt and pepper, to taste
Cook onions in olive oil till clear, and browning ever so slightly, perhaps 7 min.
add garlic and cook 1 minute more
Add stock, bring to boil, add rice, and simmer 15 minutes, stir once or twice
Stir in spinach and s&p, and simmer another 5-7 minutes.
Puree using immersion blender or standard blender(if using standard blender, make sure you only puree a bit at a time...BIG mess, otherwise!!)
I would serve this with any wine you might have on hand. The tomato would be good with a nice Pinot Noir, with an oakey Chardonnay pairing well with the spinach. I had Chardonnay in the house, so...Chardonnay it was!
The bread is called "Rustic Italian Bread", which I found yesterday over at Dine and Dish .
Awesome recipe using the manual setting on a bread machine, with your standard kitchen oven doing the final baking. Crunchy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. Perfect accompaniment for the soup duo!