Video Demo: Carrot Soup with Ginger, Chile, and Fish Sauce

Another simple fall/winter soup recipe demo video. Carrots are relatively cheap so this is an approachable low budget option. Fish sauce is one of those ingredients that makes a dish stand out but is hard for people to identify. I like to use it as my secret ingredient. I have garnished with sour cream and zhug. You can add something with texture if you want, or some fresh cilantro.

  • Carrots, 10 ea, small dice
  • Coconut oil, 2 tbl
  • Red Onion, 1 ea, julienne or small dice
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
  • Ginger, 1-inch piece, peeled, and grated
  • Red Chile, 1 ea, minced
  • Curry Powder, 1 heaping tbl
  • Chicken Stock, about 5 cups
  • Coconut Cream, 16 oz
  • Fish Sauce, 1tbl+

Start by heating coconut oil on medium high heat, and saute carrots until browning begins. Add red onion, sweat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder, and red chile. Saute for another 2 minutes, then add the chicken stock, then coconut cream. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes to ensure everything is tender. Next, puree the soup in batches if using a standing blender, or with an immersion blender. Season with salt as needed, as well as with more chicken stock if the soup is too thick. You can add additional fish sauce as a seasoning agent to add even more flavor.

Video Demo: Pan Fried Green Beans with Smoked Paprika

A very simple recipe, just a handful of ingredients, any of which you may already have on hand! This recipe uses a little more oil than usual to get that “fried” preparation.

  • Green Beans, about 30ea, washed
  • Onion, 1/4ea, julienned
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, minced
  • Smoked Paprika, ~1tbl
  • Olive Oil, ~3tbl – enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan
  • Salt

With heat on high, add the olive oil to the pan and cook the beans until wilted and brown, about 6 minutes, seasoning with salt. Add the onion, then after a minute the garlic, and continue to cook until the onion is soft. Turn the heat off, and add the paprika to the hot pan. The hot oil will toast the spice and it should smell very aromatic. Set aside and serve warm.

Side note – If you leave the pan on the heat for too long the paprika may burn and become very bitter.

Video Demo: Smoky Potato soup with Bacon, Kielbasa, and Beans

I’m on a soup kick what can I say! This is great for colder months. Hearty and filling, rich and delicious! The ham hock as well as Worcestershire sauce, and mustard give the broth a lot of depth. Pureeing some of the cooked vegetables with the reserved beans in this recipe make it thicker and get more flavor into each bite. This soup is so good!

  • Bacon, 6 slices, cut into lardons
  • Kielbasa, about 3/4 cup small diced
  • Onion, 2 ea, small dice
  • Celery, 5 stalks, small dice
  • Carrot, 2 ea, small dice
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
  • Green Beans, 1 cup, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • White Northern Beans, 16oz can
  • Thyme, 1 bunch
  • Worcestershire Sauce, 2tbl+
  • Chicken Stock, ~3qt
  • Smoked Ham Hock, 1ea
  • Russet Potatoes, 1ea, medium dice
  • Dijon Mustard, 1tbl
  • Heavy Cream, 1/2 cup

Begin by rendering bacon over medium heat. Start in a cold pan and let the bacon slowly release its fat and become unstuck from the bottom. When the bacon freely moves, stir and continue to cook until brown. Add the kielbasa. Saute for 3 min. Remove meats, and add onion, celery, and carrot. Season with salt, to allow the moisture to escape. Saute until there is no more steam being released from the vegetables, about 8 minutes. Next, add the garlic and saute 2 more minutes. Then, add the green beans, HALF of the white beans, and the thyme. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Remove any foam/impurities that rise to the top. Add dijon. The vegetables and potatoes should be tender at this point. Remove some of the cooked vegetables with some broth and puree with remaining white beans until smooth. Add back to the pot. Add heavy cream. Taste for seasoning and adjust. You can add more mustard, Worcestershire, thyme, salt, or anything else you think it might need, but this tasted pretty good for me!

Video Demo: Butternut Squash soup with Recipe

Step by step demo of this recipe down below! Enjoy!

It’s that time of the year again! This recipe is simple and straightforward. The only really unique ingredient is the whiskey/bourbon which you can leave out. The ingredients are:

  • Onion, 1ea, small dice
  • Celery, 2 ribs, small dice
  • Carrot, 1ea, small dice
  • Garlic, ~8 cloves, minced
  • Apple, 1ea, large dice
  • Scallions, 1 bunch, whites/greens separated
  • Butternut Squash, 1 ea, large dice
  • Chicken stock, about 1qt
  • Whiskey, ~1/2 cup
  • Heavy cream, 1/4 cup
  • Thyme, small bunch

Sweat onions and white parts of scallions until beginning to brown around the edges, about 8 minutes, adding salt. Add celery, carrot and apple, and continue to sweat for 2-3 more minutes. Add garlic and sweat for another 2 minutes. Add butternut squash, then turn up the heat to high and saute for 1 minute. Then, turn the heat off, and add the whiskey. You should hear a pan sizzle because the pan should be hot enough to vaporize the alcohol. Light the edge of the pot with a match or lighter, being very careful not to burn yourself or your face. This can be dangerous with those of you with gas burners, so make sure the heat is off. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the whiskey reduces by about half, and the flame goes out. Then, add the chicken stock. Throw in your thyme Bring to a rolling boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes, until the squash is tender enough to be puréed. Remove thyme stems. Then, in batches with a standing blender, or an immersion blender, begin puréeing the soup. Add heavy cream during this process, and continue to blend until the desired consistency is reached. Taste for seasoning, adjust, and cool.

Recipe: Starbucks Pumpkin Cream

This cream is a great fall sweetener for your cold brew as well as hot brewed coffee. Starbucks charges over $5 for their pumpkin cold brew, and while it is delicious, that’s too much for me! So, I figured it couldn’t be that difficult to make my own pumpkin cream, and my own coffee and do it at a fraction of the price. This is a simple recipe and you wont need too much.

Pumpkin Spice Cream:

  • 16 oz Half and half
  • 1 tbl pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbl maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Place a small saucepan on medium heat. Add all ingredients and heat to a very low simmer, do not boil. Take off the burner and puree briefly with a blender, about 10 seconds. Cool and store for up to 5 days.