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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spur-of-the moment vegetable soup (Carrot Soup): French Fridays with Dorie

carrot puree soup

As a kid I was quite enamored with the Stone Soup story. So much so, that in the winter I would stoke up an electric coiled burner on my back yard porch (with no adult supervision, need you ask... it was the 70's) and require each kid in the neighborhood to give me a vegetable for "the stone soup"... by the end of the afternoon we would feast on what usually turned out to be a "carrot potato soup" since none of us knew that we should have rounded out our vegetable selection to include weird things like celery and onions.

Dorie's soup reminded me a little of my childhood carrot concoction. I wish I knew about immersion blenders back then... our stone soup's texture would have been much more pleasing.

Yes, I did puree this soup... I tend to puree all vegetable soups. I have found it to be a good defense against kids picking out unloved vegetables from the soup. 


When it's pureed the texture is pleasing, and nobody knows what the HELL I put in it!

I have to admit I was skeptical about the rosemary sprig in the soup, but as usual Dorie surprised me with a wonderful combination... I now really love carrot and rosemary together. Another note about this recipe: it called for 6 cups of broth, when I got to 4 cups I stopped... because to me if I added anymore liquid the soup would have been too thin for a puree. I guess it is a personal preference, but I like a creamy soup to be thick also.

A note to the Doristas I didn't make the last two recipes because making hummus for a French cooking group didn't appeal to me, and the Apple Almond Tart sounded wonderful... but my little pastry chef has nut allergies. 

My childhood food allergies have been recently acting up too, so there will probably be more recipes that I will have to obstinate from cooking. 

I can't tell you what a downer it is to have food allergies when you are a foodie... but on the other hand my daughter has become an amazing baker for her age because she feels safest eating desserts she has made herself.

For me... growing up so conscious of what I put into my mouth, for fear of breaking out in a mass of hives or have to rush to the bathroom, has made me hyper-aware of food ingredients which has translated into good cooking skills... 


so there are always blessings hidden in our curses. 


So glad to be back!!!


Notes: This recipe looks a lot like Dorie's: 

         Spur-Of-The-Moment Vegetable Soup


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 

 





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41 comments:

  1. Great soup. Food on Friday is all about soup. It would be wonderful if you linked this in. Here's the link . Have a souper duper week!

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    1. Nice selection of soups... I advice readers to check it out.

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    2. Thanks for linking this one in, Diane

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  2. Food allergies are a bummer, but they do make you very conscious about what you put into your body.
    I hope to make this soup tonight - I have to agree with you on the immersion blender. (Helps minimize the "picky" factor for both the younger and older eaters)

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  3. I only recently learned about pureeing soups, and it is fabulous! You're right, kids are a lot less picky when they can't tell what's in it.
    I haven't read Stone Soup in forever! I'll have to find it for my kids. I remember making stone soup with my mom.

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    1. You should read the book and make a soup with the kids... I bet they would love doing that on a rainy afternoon.

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  4. Beautiful soup! And I agree about the giving veg soups a whirl with the blender - it makes them so much more approachable! Which is good, considering I'm the picky eater at my house. ;)

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    1. So funny that you're the picky eater. I think puree helps with picky "texture" eaters too.

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  5. I agree with you - puree the soup. Your soup looks wonderful. This was one of my favorite recipes. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much Geraldine. Good to hear from you.

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  6. I love the sprig of rosemary in your photo, just that extra touch. Great looking soup, we really liked this recipe and
    I would like to try other variations of it.

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    1. Rosemary and carrot are my new found loves... they really are great together.

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  7. Welcome back - your soup looks wonderful!

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  8. Your soup looks great. I just love pureed soups. I used the full 6 cups of broth, and as you predicted, it was too thin for puree. Next time I'm going to use just a quart.

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    1. Sorry you had watery soup... I was glad I caught myself. Even with a trusted cook like Dorie I guess you should still think about each step and decide if it will work for you... hard to do with dogs under your feet and family that wants to eat.

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  9. What a great stone soup story! The color of your soup looks wonderful and I love what you said about pureeing them because that way the kids don't know what you put in it. :) Even my older kids still put their noses up at some vegetables.

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    1. We made it through with few permit injuries... it was fun growing up in the 70's. My kids are so well supervised I think it stunts their creativity sometimes.

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  10. Try the apple tarts from the bonne idée, Dianne! It's just puff pastry, apples, a brush of egg wash and as much (or little) sugar you want to add. It's too easy to pass up on.

    I chuckled at your puréed veggies comment - I don't like eating whole beans, but for some reason if I purée them with other spices and a little pork fat it is the most delicious thing.

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  11. And, we're glad to have you back. I think, from anecdotes I've read on your Blog, you as a child were much more daring than I ever was. Sounded as if you really had fun. Good idea to add less broth. I added more veggies because I also like a thick, pureed soup. Dorie does seem to get her seasoning right. I didn't add the ginger this time but since I intend to make this soup all Winter, I will include it. So sorry about the allergies. I don't have any, thank goodness, but my kids and my grandchildren do suffer from them. I think your daughter is very wise to know exactly what she is putting in her mouth, especially with a nut allergy.

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    1. Thanks Mary... I never thought of myself as very daring as a child. I think being the youngest of 4 I was just trying to keep up with my older siblings. We will work around the allergies... we always have. Great to hear from you.

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  12. I found you through Flour me with Love. I would love for you to come share this on my Farm Girl Blog Fest. Looks yummy, I love it ! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-5.html

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  13. this is certainly a great soup for any mom! we put beans and squash in ours and you never would have known they were in there! :)

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  14. This looks great! And an easy way to sneak in some veggies. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  15. I don't believe I've ever heard of Carrot Soup...it sure looks great.

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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  17. Ha! That's great. Yes, definitely disguise with a puree!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

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  18. This Carrot Soup looks great! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  19. That soup looks very satisfying. What a funny story about you making your own stone soup as a kid. I remember that story too. That's actually a really great idea you could do to get kids to eat healthy and contribute at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing this on Meatless Monday :)

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    1. I think kids would have a blast making it and I bet they would eat it because of their involvement too.

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  20. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/08/hurricane-preparedness-for-backyard.html

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  21. When I first saw the photo, I too was wondering about the rosemary with carrots, but now I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  22. I'm curious is this more sweet or savory? Thanks as always for sharing it at Miss Information!

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  23. this is just perfect for fall and to beat off (haha, "beat off") cold weather germs. i love it :)

    thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! i look forward to seeing you again this week with more seasonal & fresh/real food blog posts :) xo, kristy

    p.s. rosemary + any root veg = good.

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  24. Hi Diane,
    Your Carrot Soup would be perfect for this cold fall day. Have a fabulous weekend, stay safe and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. Diane,
    Your Carrot Soup looks wonderful. I love the addition of the Rosemary sprig. Probably gives it an earthy taste. I LOVE the comment about why you blend. I will have to remember that when I have a soup the kiddos might pick stuff out of, lol. Great advise. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  26. Thanks for the pingback Diane! This soup is awesome.

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  27. Thanks for linking in again, Diane. Cheers

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