Let the cooking begin!

Its been a long time since I’ve been in a good cooking routine – cooking with our own vegetables, making healthy meals that fill us up and leave us with leftovers for the next day. Luckily, I’m starting to get back in the swing of things. Between what the garden is ever so slowly putting out (thanks to our cool and rainy June) and what we’ve found at the farmers market, I have hope that we’ll be back to our old ways soon!

Here’s a recent example: Squash blossom and pea soup, with salad and whole wheat biscuits with sour cherry preserves.



Between family and friends, we’ve had a bit of luck in acquiring sour cherries. We’ve made a few pies, frozen cherries for more pies, made a small batch of preserves and tried a few jars of brandied and pickled cherries for winter garnishes. The preserves were spectacular with whole wheat cream biscuits (which are very easy by the way).

The soup was made with our first harvest of slightly wilted squash blossoms and mature shelling peas.

Squash blossom soup:

Saute 1/2 onion or 2 scallions, 1 garlic clove in butter or olive oil.

Chop finely and add 2 medium new potatoes. Cover with stock or water. Simmer until potatoes are soft.

Sort through 15-20 squash blossoms and tear or chop. Add to soup, along peas (use however many you have – or add according to which flavor you want to be stronger – pea or squash blossom). Stir through and then blend until smooth (making sure not to burn yourself 🙂 )

Put soup back in pot, add cream, salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with additional peas, blossoms and chopped basil or cilantro.


2 Responses to “Let the cooking begin!”

  1. 1 Andi July 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Hooray, you guys have a blog! I don’t say this because blogs are the be-all-end-all, but because they’re a great way to keep in touch with friends’ lives, even if you don’t see them or talk much. Which is us! So this is very exciting. And you will inspire me with your recipes.

    Glad you guys made it to Colorado and things seem to be going well!

  2. 2 cheryl July 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I would like to take credit for the cherries! ok- so I don’t how to use them. At least I knew who to call!

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