One woman's crazy quest to take on everything and become the ultimate jack-of-all-trades.
Congrats to all of my Catholic friends on your new leader. In the spirit of this news, I thought I would share one of my favorite food resources:
About a year ago, my husband was at the library checking out used books for sale. He came across this. He loves soup, so he brought it home for $2.50. Best $2.50 he has ever spent.
Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette is by far the best recipe book I have ever owned. Most of the recipes are simple, healthy, inexpensive to make, and delicious. Some of our favorites are the potato-dumpling, the polish pearl barley, and the soupe savoyarde. With this book I have exponentially increased the number and variety of vegetables my family eats in a week.
Since the recipes are so simple, they are easy to modify. I think you have a tremendous amount of freedom with soup anyway, since you are essentially shoving ingredients into a liquid and letting them sit. No complex cooking processes or order of operations (as in baking). Soups are very forgiving and hard to ruin and they are almost universal crowd-pleasers.
I typically make 1-3 soups in a week using stock from a rotisserie chicken I buy from Whole Foods once a week (on Wednesdays they are $2 off). Most of the soups in the book are vegetarian or can be made vegetarian, I often add meat such as chicken or bacon (who doesn’t need a little bacon in their lives?). We eat the leftovers throughout the week, or share with friends.
If you a fan of soup, I highly recommend picking up this book!