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Creamy Asparagus Bacon Soup

Smoky bacon and tangy creme fraiche combine forces with asparagus for this silky Creamy Asparagus & Bacon Soup. Find the recipe at Shutterbean.com!

Creamy Asparagus and Bacon Soup is here to brighten your Monday. Oh Monday....ooof.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Whenever I see asparagus for a good price at the market, I stock up! Whenever I see asparagus I also think of the song from Alf. Here I found a clip for you....it's all jacked up but you can see why I have it stuck in my head. Asparagus Asparagus...it's good for your table...Asparagus Asparagus whenever you are able.... Oh gosh what have I done?

If you hadn't noticed, I bought too much asparagus this week. TWO POUNDS.

Creamy Asparagus & Bacon Soup // shutterbean

Smoky bacon is the real star in this soup. We crisp some up set it aside for your topping pleasure. Then we cook the onions, garlic and asparagus in the bacon fat and make a soup from it. Creme fraiche is added at the very end for the creamy component. Because creme fraiche is a little tart, it adds the perfect balance. Asparagus Asparagus (soup) whenever you are able. Oh man...I gotta show Cooper an episode of ALF now.

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Cream of Spinach Soup


There's almost TWO pounds of fresh spinach in the Creamy Spinach Soup. Check out more on Shutterbean!

I found out recently, after almost 9 years of marriage, that my husband doesn't really get excited over soup. WHAT?  I feel like we should have talked about this in our marriage prep class.  That doesn't stop me from making it...and making him eat it.

Cream of Spinach Soup // shutterbean

I've been on a soup kick lately and he's been along for the ride. First with the Sidekick Tomato Soup and now with this Cream of Spinach Soup! Really, I think I just want a good excuse to eat croutons...Which he's not super into and that's fine because it means more for Cooper and I (we both have the crouton loving/crust on pizza is the best part gene).

Next up, I think I'm going to make a batch of Pasta Fagioli. The cold weather practically BEGS for it.

Cream of Spinach Soup // shutterbean

Even though this recipe has cream and butter in it, I feel like it's gotta be good for you. LOOK AT THAT GREEN COLOR. With almost TWO POUNDS of spinach packed in, it's practically a salad. A creamy dreamy warm salad/soup...with croutons :)

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Sidekick Tomato Soup

Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery- check out the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I've had this recipe taped next to my computer since 2013. Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery, featured in Sunset magazine. I've wanted to make tomato soup for ages and I figured that if you're going to have an ahhhhhhmazing cheese shop/restaurant, you must know a few things about tomato soup.

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

The only I regret I have is taking two years to make this recipe. What heck is wrong with me?!

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

There's sweetness in the soup thanks to the carrots. There's spiciness thanks to the red pepper flakes. There's creaminess thanks to the crème fraîche and the cool part about it is that you can adjust the creaminess to your taste! Of course I added croutons because how could you not?!! I'd pair it with one of my famous (to my family) sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches. Comfort and a half!

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Smoked Salmon Ramen

Smoked Salmon Ramen- a quick way to fancy up packaged ramen!  Check out more at Shutterbean.com

I find the most food inspiration when someone else cooks for me. That's why I love going to my friend Leslie's house.  She's beyond confident in the kitchen and she always comes up with such amazing combinations out of the most modest ingredients. It feels like a real treat; she makes me always feel welcome.  She also introduced me to the hot smoked sockeye salmon from Trader Joe's and I'm forever grateful.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

She made me smoked salmon ramen back in December and I was instantly hooked. It takes a tiny bit of finesse to get the egg just right but on my second attempt, it was absolute perfection.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

Just a few additions can really enhance a package of ramen. Spinach, smoked salmon, a little bit of sea kelp seasoning (or furikake if you have it) and a runny egg makes for a wonderfully quick meal-- perfect for Mondays! You're just three minutes away from deliciousness.  Promise me you'll add sriracha?

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Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

With the colder weather coming up, my brain is craving childhood comfort foods like whoa- hence the Pizza Bagels and now this soup. Before I left for college many many MANY years ago, my grandmother taught me how to make her Stracciatella Soup.  It was always something she made me when I was over at her house and HUNGRY (which was all the time). She'd give me extra cheese because she is my grandma and that's what grandmothers do.  I ended up eating this soup a lot in college because it rained so much in Oregon and it was CHEEEEEAAAAP. Also it's ridiculously easy. So, basically this soup wins.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Four simple ingredients--- chicken broth, spinach, eggs and Parmesan combine forces and turn into this amazing soup. It's ALLLL about the Parmesan if you ask me. The more, the merrier.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Thanks for the life skills and the extra cheese (always), Grandma!

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Thai Corn Coconut Soup

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

I spent about 4 years working in a cubicle, so I know how it feels to be stuck at work while you see your friends living it up in the summer. I can imagine it's even worse since we all check in to what other people are doing on Instagram.  Summer seems so out of reach when you're sitting under florescent lighting, working on spreadsheets and trying to STAY WARM from the incessant air conditioner. It's like... SUMMER??! WHAT SUMMER?  I'd give anything to be a bored 9 year old, playing bank with old Monopoly money on our summer vacations in Tahoe.

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

Here's a soup that will help get you through the week at work. We exploit SUMMER CORN and make a beautiful Thai coconut soup with it. It's both sweet and spicy as well as light and hearty. I'm pretty sure it would be great with an addition of rice (if you'd like to stretch it out even more) and some cold avocado. I might go crazy and serve it over rice with grilled shrimp on top! What do you say about that?

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

So if you're stuck in cubicle land, you can bring the summer INTO your workspace with this soup. It's sure to warm you up and make you appreciate the season's best even if you're sitting behind a desk with a view of your coworker's crazy origami collection.

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Cream of Artichoke Soup

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

I have a super long list of recipes I want to make but every now and then I get super indecisive and can't make up my mind. When I'm stumped, I simply ask Casey what he's in the mood for. I always know his reply will be something in the hearty/creamy/meaty/warm spectrum. Last week it was:

"Cream of Artichoke Soup. Yeah. Make that."

OK. Decision made. That was easy.

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

I never had Cream of Artichoke Soup until I went to Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero with Casey and his family. If you haven't been there, GO. It's a real treat. When it's a cold and foggy day, nothing tastes better than their creamy artichoke soup with torn hunks of warm sourdough bread. For Casey, it reminds him of his childhood. It's because it's a bowl of comfort. I totally get that.

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

We had this soup last week for dinner. It's perfect for a chilly Spring night.  A night where you feel a little bit of wind and you're not quite ready to go sleeveless. A night when you are partially excited for warm weather but content with being inside, enjoying artichoke season.

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Spinach Tortellini Soup

Spinach Tortellini Soup // shutterbean

The nights are starting to get cooler here in the Bay Area and I'm absolutely loving it. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love the chill in the morning because it makes me appreciate the warmth of my coffee even more. Also, SOUP. I love soup weather. Who doesn't??

This Spinach Tortellini soup is like a warm/cozy blanket. It's SUPER comforting, hearty and somewhat healthy. There's an amazing amount of spinach in there-- you'll see. A warm bowl full of soup goes best with a heavy dose of freshly grated Parmesan and a few slabs or 4 of my killer garlic bread.  It's so dang easy that it goes in my Everyday Eats category. Enjoy!

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