Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Home for the Holiday Hop - Natalie Gibson

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  The falling leaves, the cooler temperatures, and a warm kitchen put me in the mood for soups.  I am a sucker for soups of all kinds: thick bubbly pureed ones, thin savory broth ones, chunky ones with lots of texture variety.  My mom is the same way.  Here are the recipies for my two newest soup discoveries and my current favorites.

African Yam and Peanut Soup

Bubbly, warm and satisfying, this soup has one of the most unique flavors I've ever tasted.  Made with almost entirely tubers and seasoned wtih exotic spices, it has a markedly African character.  It can be made vegetarian, if that's your thing, even qualifying as vegan, without losing anything that makes this great.

1 Tbs olive oil
medium yellow onion, chopped
3 yams, peeled and cubed (I use sweet potoatoes)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 2 Tbs from a jar of preminced garlic)
can diced tomatoes
1tsp Cinnamon, ground
2 tsp Cumin, ground
1/2 tsp Turmeric, ground
few dashes black pepper
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
4-5 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (use natural, no sugar, so the soup isn't sweet)
green onion tops, chopped

Heat oil in large stew pot on medium heat.  Add onion and saute until onion is getting translucent (about 3-5 minutes).  Add garlic and saute for another few minutes.  Add yams (or sweet potatoes), tomatoes, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and pepper.  Give it all a quick stir to combine.
Add stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer for 40-45 minutes, or until yams are very tender.
Add peanut butter and stir well.  Using an immersion blender, blend soup until it is mostly pureed.  It should appear creamy but have small chunks.
Serve topped with a sprinkle of green onion.

Zuppa Toscana

After falling in love with this soup at Olive Garden, I came up with my own way to have it at home.  It is way lower in calories and fat than the one from the restaurant but just as tasty.  The biggest selling point is that it is impressive enough for company but 30 minutes, start to finish, makes it perfect for last minute guests or just a weekday when you forgot to make dinner plans.

1 lb bulk turkey breakfast type sausage
package onion soup mix
3 cups broth (I use chicken)
2 cups water
2 cans potatoes - drained
bundle of fresh kale, cut off of stems and chopped
1 1/2 cup milk

Brown sausage in a large stew pot, chopping with the spatuala as it cooks.  Use some of the water to keep the sausage from burning and sticking while you do this.  When the pink is all gone and the chunks are in smaller than bitesized pieces, add the onion soup mix, broth, water, and potatoes.  Bring to light boil and turn off the heat.  Add kale and milk.  Mix, let kale warm up (it won't wilt much) and serve.  Enjoy the soup and the praise, all the while knowing it was easy peasy.

Hateful Burden (Book 1 of the Carrier Trilogy)

One reviewer says, "A dark, moody look into both the fantasy world of paranormal and early attempts at treating psychological disorders... Yet it also has romantic love, familial love and friendship bonding that are portrayed with sensitivity and finesse."

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  2. I've been looking over all the recipes on the hop, and this peanut soup really caught my eye. I'll be trying it as I've been trying to incorporate more nutritious/yummy soups into my diet; thanks for posting! (And that book sounds a lot scarier than most books I'd consider reading. I got chills just reading the description.) Ah, what the heck: CStrickl (at)

    1. It is really SO good. It is very filling while being healthy. You'll love it. As to Hateful Burden - it isn't for everyone but it is something nice if you're looking for a change.

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    Your recipes sound delish & I cant wait to try them ... Hugs

    1. Well, thank you ma'am for all the adds. The soups are scrumptious. Enjoy.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and joining this giveaway!

  5. The peanut soup recipe looks yummy, always looking for soup recipes.
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  6. Yam and peanut soup?? Very interesting! I can honestly say I have never heard of this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Happy Holidays. Thank you for the amazing giveaway. I followed by email and bloglovin, & like facebook page.

  8. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I've made Zuppa Toscana and it is delicious!

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  13. i love that soup at Olive Garden... Thanks for the recipe I am going to totally make it. Also thank you for being part of the hop.

  14. Looks yummy. Thanks for a great post and awesome giveaway!!!!!
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  15. I have never had this soup before. Sounds good. delphinareadstoomuch at

  16. This is something new for me. I have never heard of this but the recipe has got me salivating ! Yummy ! Definitely will be making this in the next few days! I am also on the lookout for a new recipe! I read your book review and I must say that it has my curiosity pique . Very tantalizing and I like the paranormal aspect. Going to add to my tbr list. Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing your recipe!

  17. What a unique recipe, thank you! I liked you on Facebook, am excited to see your posts!

  18. Thank you for posting the soup recipe. I get it every time I go to Olive Garden.
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  19. Soups are my favorite in the fall. Recipes look yummy

  20. I love your recipe for Zuppa Toscana. Thanks for the hop and giveaway, hope you have a wonderful holiday season. koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

  21. Sounds good. Thanks for shraing the hop and giveaways. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  22. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  23. Thanks for the awesome hop.
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  24. Sounds like an interesting recipe

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  25. Thanks for the recipes! Both sound delicious, and I love making soups this time of year.

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  27. Yay! A new way to use yams. I will make this on those really grey, cold days.

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  28. Thank you for sharing your recipes. Good luck to everyone.

  29. Thank you for sharing such interesting recipes, and for being part of this great hop!


  30. Hi! What an interesting soup. Cant say that ive ever heard of it. Its something ill have to try. My family is really big on the soups. Living in Michigan, gotta get warm and filling suppers! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. I like the sound of the soup. :)
    Thank you for sharing. Have a happy holiday!
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