Pumpkin Soup with Apple-Walnut Topping

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Whenever I go to the grocery store and they have a free store magazine, I always pick it up! About 2 weeks ago, I picked up the Inspired magazine from Sobey’s. Most recipes in magazines like this are based upon the store’s premade convenience products, have meat in them, or both. However, in the magazine I found one that interested me: Pumpkin Soup with Apple-Walnut Topping. The only substitution I had to make was to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and I wasn’t as brand specific as I’m sure Sobey’s would have liked me to be.

Soup

I wasn’t sure how much pumpkin I would need or what type. I knew I needed 6 cups of pumpkin, but how many pumpkins equals 6 cups? That’s a tough one, as this was the first time I’d ever worked with fresh pumpkin. The grocery store I went to only had “Regular Pumpkins”. That’s what the sign said. Regular Pumpkins. So I got the smallest one of those I could find, but it was probably still about 10-12 inches tall before the stem. Turns out I needed just under half of one of those.

 

I really liked the topping. And the soup was acceptable. I think it would have benefited from a different type of pumpkin. Maybe I’ll go to Sobey’s next time. As the pumpkin is featured in this month’s magazine, maybe they have a better selection of pumpkins. I had gone to Sobey’s broke little brother store instead – Freshco.

 

Happy Cooking!

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Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

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I was looking through Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Book and I came across a recipe I wanted to try. It is a Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup. It looked pretty easy and tasty, and I wanted to give it a shot, even though this is one of the hottest weeks on record in my area!

 

Recipe

I quite enjoyed it!

 

Ingredients

It has several of my favourite things – peppers, tortillas, corn, tomatoes, and avocado! I LOVE avocado!

 

Roasted Poblanos

I know the recipe suggests using corn on the cob if it is in season, and it certainly is in season right now. But I chose to use frozen instead. I can be terribly accident prone, and I just had a feeling that if I tried to cut the kernels from the cob, I would lose a finger too! So I figured that frozen was the safe way to go. And I still have all my fingers, so I guess I was right!

 

Cooked Soup

I used the crushed tomatoes, and I couldn’t find fire-roasted ones, so I just used normal ones. And I didn’t feel like buying a whole bunch of cilantro for 2 tablespoons worth of it. So I just skipped that bit of garnish.

 

Tortilla Chips

I think the recipe was very good the way I made it, and I definitely would make it again! As Rachael would say – Yummo!

 

Final Product

Happy Cooking!