My grown son is now in his own condo and this collection of recipes I called, Dearest Michael were written when he was younger as you will see by my references, as a gift to him for this very moment.
Whether you read them for the story or the recipe, know that they were written as a tribute to the many people who have influenced my kitchen, my cooking and my notion of family.
Roasted Vegetables and Roasted Vegetable Soup Recipe and Story
I love making several recipes out of one idea and this one is a perfect combo. I love leftovers. I love vegetables and can eat them fresh out of the oven, or room temperature or even cold. They can be added to an omelette or as a side to scrambled eggs. In this recipe, I puree roasted vegetable into a rich thick soup. Like many of my recipes, this one is a great base for so many others. Start here and experiment with other vegetables too. (Just be careful with reds and greens together, tasty but not pretty at all.) Enjoy!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled
- 4-6 carrots chopped into thirds
- 1-2 peeled sweet potatoes chopped in to quarters
- 1 large onion peeled and chopped into quarters
- 1 cauliflower head broken up into quarters
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (golden or yellow are great, but red is fine too)
- 1 apple chopped into quarters (optional)
- 1-2 containers of Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
WHAT TO COOK WITH
A LARGE STOCK POT (one that gives you joy when you look at the simmering pot cooking with magic)
A DELIGHTFUL STIRRING SPOON (that feels good in your hand)
EITHER A GREAT KNIFE (if you are old school and like to chop everything by hand)
A GOOD BLENDER, I use a Vitamixer
1 HARDY LADLE with some HAPPY SOUP BOWLS
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Baking sheets are a staple in my kitchen. I have my Great Grandmother Mimi's that are over 60 years old. When you buy great quality, it lasts. These Nordic Ware baking sheets are built to last, made in the US and for those of you who don't know they are famous for the Bundt Pan.
I love light coconut milk, from the can not the carton, with this but if you are coconut milk shy, then start with the broth or stock and do 2/3 broth to 1/3 coconut milk. This is also great with plain yogurt.
Take some of the vegetables you didn't use and set them aside for a quick bite in the middle of the day with a splash of red wine vinegar or Coconut Aminos and some horseradish. An easy and filling snack in the middle of the day.