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Russell Farms Market CowichanFall makes me want to make soup. On rainy days I want to eat it.

As the weather gets colder, and things become damp, there’s nothing quite like a big pot of hot n’ steamy potage simmering away on the stove.

Creamy soups are my favourite and these veggies are still available locally grown.

That’s a win win in my books, so let’s start with those…

Recipes for cream of cabbage soup, cream of carrot soup, cream of mushroom soup and cream of onion soup.

Would most definitely love to hear back from anybody that makes one, two, three or all of these soups!

Potage Creme aux Choux – Cream of Cabbage Soup

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced potatoes
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3/4 cup sliced onions
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • paprika

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the potatoes, cab­bage and onions.

Cover and cook over low heat 10 min­utes, shaking the pan frequently. Add the broth, salt and pepper; cover again and cook 30 minutes.

Purée in an electric blender, or force through a sieve. Return to the saucepan; mix in the cream.

Heat and taste for seasoning. Serve sprinkled with paprika.

Serves 6-8.

Cream of Carrot Soup

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups sliced carrots
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped

Melt the butter in a saucepan; add the carrots, salt, sugar and pepper. Cook over low heat 10 minutes, stir­ring frequently. Add the broth; cook over low heat 30 minutes.

Puree in an electric blender, or force through a sieve. Mix in the cream and taste for seasoning.

Serve hot or iced, sprinkled with the parsley and egg. Serves 4-6

Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Wash and drain the mushrooms. Chop the stems and half the caps. Slice the remaining caps thin.

Melt the butter in a saucepan; sauté the chopped mushrooms and onion 5 minutes.

Blend in the flour; add the broth, stir­ring steadily to the boiling point. Add the sliced mush­rooms and pepper; cook over low heat 15 minutes.

Mix in the cream; taste for seasoning.

Serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired. Serves 8-10.

Cream of Onion Soup

Cream of Onion Soup RecipeMelt the butter in a saucepan; sauté the onions over low heat about 20 minutes, until browned.

Mix in the flour and sauté another 5 minutes.

Add the water, salt and pepper. Cover loosely and cook over low heat 25 minutes.

Beat the egg yolks and cream in a bowl. Gradually add about 3 cups of the soup, stirring steadily to prevent curdling.

Return to balance of soup. Heat, mixing steadi­ly, but do not let boil.

Serve with a bowl of grated cheese.

Serves 6-8.

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Shop Cowichan Challenge

First a great big friendly shout out to some wonderful local businesses; then onto the Shop Cowichan Challenge…

These are your neighbours and your friends. They help ensure we have a strong local economy. They do their part, now let’s do ours! Please shop Cowichan.

Soulful Memories

Duncan Showroom

Russell Farms Market

The Tin Cup Coffee & Expresso Bar 277 Canada Avenue, Duncan BC 250-597-3738

The Tin Cup Canada Ave. Duncan BC CowichanshoplocalchallengeTheTinCup2

The list is just getting started, so keep an eye out. It will be updated regularly here on the blog.

Each time we add to our shop Cowichan list, we’ll do a shout out on Twitter and on Facebook.

Be sure to like & follow (one or the other or better even; both)

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The Shop Cowichan Challenge

Shop Cowichan Challenge Part 1

Please drop into and drop a little cash at a #Cowichan place of business that you’ve never been to before. A locally owned store, food producer, coffee shop or restaurant. Hire a local service provider. Support a local artisan; check out a farm or farmer’s market. In other words shop someplace in the #CowichanValley that you’ve never shopped before. Try someplace new. Give a local business a shot at earning your loyalty.

Shop Cowichan Challenge Part 2

Now that you’ve had a wonderful customer experience someplace locally owned…tell two people about it. They’ve earned it, give them a shout out to people you know. It’s a great way to support business growth in your community AND help your friends start having some wonderful customer experiences of their own.

Shop Cowichan Bonus

Tell us about your great local customer experience(s) and we will shout it from the tallest mountain. Well, not really a mountain but we will shout it out on the World Wide Web which happens to be wayyyyy more effective anyway 😉

Shop Cowichan Challenge #ILoveCowichanThank you! With every nickel you spend when you shop Cowichan, you help make our local economy stronger. With every person you tell about it…you’re kicking it up another notch.

Take care, Shelley

PS- If you have a Cowichan business, project, cause, news whatever it may be please let me know so that I can check it out…then I’ll tell 2000 friends about it. I’m totally serious, I kid you not.

Blog Blog Blog

…said so as to sound like blah, blah, blah.

Oh I should blog this or hey I should blog about that. You don’t know how many times per day that thought pops into my head. Well, I guess you could say that technically I don’t actually know how many times either, but I do know it’s a lot.

I feel like a genius composing the perfect blog entry in my mind as I cook, clean, shower whatever it is I’m doing at that exact millisecond. As sung by Maria in West Side Story, “I feel pretty and witty and bright!”

So riddle me this…

What happens when after creating this witty, smart blog post in my head I finally make it to my laptop? You guessed it; nothing. I find myself sitting (once again) staring at the blank screen. Well not exactly a blank screen, but the Word page is a blank.

Today I was good though. Had a bunch of fun local tid bits to share with you. I was smiling, it was sunny and I sat down with the perfect cup of coffee. Then something bad happened and I knew about it right away.  I was on Twitter when it happened. People were tweeting live.  An awful hashtag with the word shooting in it appeared on the trending list. It neared the top fast. Live on the scene tweets were talking about fatalities.

Blog entry hijacked by school shooting in OregonMy heart literally felt heavy and ached. I’d be lying if I said tears didn’t well up in my eyes. So much waste, so much pain, so many families torn apart. Just like that.

Being on social media, having a blog, working online sometimes means seeing things terrible unfold (almost as if first hand) right before your very eyes.

To all the victims and families of the UCCS shooting in Oregon, my heart goes out to you. I wish there was something I could do to help ease the pain.

To Kayla Marie I am happy you are safe. Please be well.

 

I will try again another day to leave you with a witty and bright (maybe even pretty too) blog entry. For now I will go and mourn. It is a sad and violent time, but I believe this too shall pass. People in general are kind and good.

Take care and love the ones you’re with!