Broccoli Bisque: One pot, one blender, one bowl

I guess I never knew how tasty and easy soups were to make in the blender. Just simmer some ingredients in a pot; add to blender; serve in bowl and voilá! Here’s a puréed soup recipe I made with an unlikely ingredient: broccoli. It packs a ton of veggies into each serving, and the fresh, green color gives all kinds of healthy feel goods. This broccoli bisque recipe is a variation on my carrot ginger soup. The steps are largely the same. Just swap out the veggies. Broccoli Bisque Serves about 6 Ingredients 3 big handfuls of spinach, washed 1/2 stick of butter 1 large onion, chopped 4 tbsp. flour 2 cans vegetable broth (chicken broth is fine for omnivores) 7 cups broccoli florets (about 1 large head) 1/2 cup cream pepper salt 1 cup plain yogurt 1 lemon Directions In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Sauté the onion until translucent, or…

Cream of mushroom soup is perfect dinner on a cold day

The best recipe inspirations come from others. Not that I’ve never had a cream of mushroom soup, but it took a trip to Costa Rica for me to have a cream of mushroom soup that I couldn’t live without. I should explain. It’s not that cream of mushroom is a staple in the Costa Rican diet, but I spent a week SCUBA diving off of the western coast of one of their national parks called Cocos Island, on a live aboard (dive) boat with a staff that served us some pretty tasty food. Among them, were a handful of delicious, filling puréed soups — one of my favorites! This mushroom version was one I knew I had to make when I got home. It was so much lighter than any I had before and it actually tasted like mushrooms — not cream. I think I came pretty close to replicating the original,…

Home & Garden Show Giveaway Winner Announced

Liz McLaughlin, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, was the winner of the Everybody Craves Vitamix giveaway from the 2017 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. The random drawing was made from several thousand hopefuls who entered their name during the 10 day long show held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh last month. McLaughlin picked up her Vitamix Professional Series 5200 and gift basket full of recipe books and kitchen goodies from our offices yesterday. McLaughlin said she has heard how easy food prep and blending can be with a powerful blender, and she is most looking forward to making smoothies, vegetables purees, and soups. Congratulations Liz! Here are a few easy Vitamix recipes to get you started, Liz! And for more ideas, keep checking everybodycraves.com. Blueberry, Banana, Kale Smoothie Carrot, Ginger Soup Sweet Potato, Chipotle Hummus