blustery days

When it’s cold and windy outside, it feels so good to stay inside where its warm and cozy.

In the winter, I think I could easily have soup once a day;  it is just seems like the perfect comfort food.  And with Clint being a little under the weather, it definitely was time for a big ‘ol pot of stick to your bones soup last night.

The picture really doesn’t do it justice;  it looks a little on the gross side, but this soup was really really good.  And if Clint and I agree on the same thing, it’s  a keeper.  As he was finishing his soup, he mentioned, “Could maybe use some meat.”   Oops!  I totally forgot that (to me unimportant) ingredient!


Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
(adapted from Faith in the Kitchen) 

takes about 1 1/2 hours start to finish

Makes about 6 servings

1 cup wild rice
1 large onion, diced
2-4 cups shredded cabbage (or 4 stalks of diced celery)
1 pound mushrooms, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white wine  (If you’re a little intimidated like me, you can get this in the cooking section as opposed to the liquor aisle.)
1 bay leaf
couple slices of whatever cheese you have on hand
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 teaspoons rosemary
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons salt, divided
cooked sausage or chicken

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the wild rice and one teaspoon of salt, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 40-50 minutes, until the rice has burst open and tastes tender. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid to use as stock if desired.

While the rice cooks, prepare the rest of the soup. Warm a teaspoon of oil in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cabbage with a half teaspoon of salt, and cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent, 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium and stir in the mushrooms and another half teaspoon of salt. Cook until the mushrooms have released all their liquid and turned dark brown, 15-20 minutes. Don’t skimp on this step! This is where the soup gets its deep, rich flavor.

Add the garlic and oregano, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir until the vegetables become sticky and there is no more visible dry flour. Increase the heat again to medium-high and pour in the wine. Stir and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue simmering until the wine has reduced and thickened a bit.

Add the bay leaf, cheese, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes to meld the flavors. Add the rosemary, milk, and wild rice. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until the soup has thickened to your liking. Remove the bay leaf.  Stir in the cider vinegar. Taste and add more salt or vinegar to taste.


Yummy!  A manly stew that this girl can eat too

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