When I’m cooking for myself, I usually take one of two extremes — scrounge for leftovers or make something new and off-the-wall. Tonight, as a new dusting of snow started to fall, I chose the latter. My taste buds were calling for sweet and spicy. I had the Red, White and Blueberry BBQ burger at Scotty’s Brewhouse on Friday night, but it left my taste buds wanting something similar, but spicier. After that monster of a meal, I also needed something healthier — the boneless pork chops in my freezer fit the bill.
When my son shared with me that cream-based soups were his favorite kind, I thought to myself, I guess I can always learn. All of the soups I’ve made in the past are chicken or beef broth-based and cooking with milk has always left me apprehensive.
I decided the best approach would be to treat the soup as broth-based to start, then add the cream near the end.
I love walking into the grocery with a general idea and improvising from there. Knowing that I’d be home for the week between the holidays, soup was in order. I had some chicken sausage in the freezer and onion in the pantry, so I started with that as my base inspiration.
Beans, yeah, white beans. Let’s do butter beans.
Stock or tomato based? How about both? Chicken stock and crushed tomatoes.
This spring, the serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) in the back border has produced a prolific crop of berries, so many that a steady stream of cardinals, robins and other birds hasn’t been able to strip the tree bare of ripe berries before we humans get a chance for harvest.