Archive for June 6, 2011

Made Soup

Vegetarian Mushroom Soup

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt – used 1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper – ADDED 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced – instead used 2 medium red potatoes skin on – Next time use two large
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups vegetable stock
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 green onion, chopped
Change Measurements: US | Metric
Directions:Prep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 45 mins
1In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

2Add mushrooms and potato; cook over medium-high heat until no liquid remains and mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes.

3Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute. Stir in stock and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.

4Top each serving with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of green onion.


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It really needed something more. Something to add some richness.  Anyone have any tips or tricks that won’t add too many calories, and is vegetarian?


My quest.

I like yogurt. I think it’s good for me and I like the taste and the texture.  Usually I have yogurt and something (granola bar, cereal bar, hot cereal) for breakfast.  I found a brand a few months ago that I fell in love with.  Cascade Fresh. It’s organic and vegetarian and shockingly not expensive. Most of the “good” yogurt is at least double the cost of the other yogurts. Sadly I could only find the yogurt at Whole Foods which is quite a hike for us. But nonetheless, every couple of weeks my husband and I pack the cooler into the car and drive up to Ann Arbor MI for a Whole Foods/Trader Joes run.

I’ve been having a funny conversation on Facebook with the makers because Whole Foods stopped stocking their shelves for awhile and Cascade Fresh and a nice Ann Arbor resident who happened to see my post took care of it for me. Cascade Fresh also let me know that soon they would be available in the local “health food” store!  So today I ran over to pick up yogurt. No luck. They have one small freezer (with oddly brown shelves) and no Cascade Fresh yogurt.

 I did pick up a container of Amande. Yes I do have pink notepaper on my desk. This is Cascade Fresh’s Almond Milk yogurt.  The texture was a little funny but I like the flavor!  So if you live in Toledo and you don’t mind ugly shelves & only one flavor option run over to Bassetts and give it a try.

I was lamenting all of this on Facebook when my clever friend Mary Beth said why don’t you just ask your local store to carry it? A big duh for me since yesterday I said the exact same thing to my husband about Progresso Vegetarian Vegetable soup! So, I have emailed Kroger and we will see.

At least we could cut down on our Ann Arbor runs then.  I would still have to go for my Trader Joes vegetable lasagna every once in awhile and their Tempeh.  Num!

I don’t know why I ever hesitated about getting an ereader. I thought, since I buy used books normally that I would end up spending to much money on electronic books.  I was so wrong. I have so many more books than I can read!  I keep getting advance proof copies of books, and then I also discovered that sometimes GoodReads (I am Tracy Murray or on GoodReads) has $0.99 books, and then there is of course the librarys onlilne shelf.  So many books!

I am done.  Back to work.


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