Fall and Winter Eating

I’m so much more of a fall and winter cook than summer.  I seem to be at a loss for what to cook in the summer months.  Perhaps it’s because I don’t garden (although I wish Matt would).  Or because we don’t own a grill (although I have intentions of getting one someday).  But come Fall, I am ready for hearty soups and all kinds of things made in the crockpot!

A symbol of Winter eating

As for brothy soups, I often make it up as I go along.  Sometimes I’ll peruse recipes for ingredient combination ideas, but generally my brothy soups involve kale as the green element, some sort of grain or bean, and whatever else I have on hand.  I almost never make meat soups.   A few days ago, I saw this recipe for Tomato Spinach Orzo soup and replaced kale for the spinach, left out the water, and topped with parmesan cheese.  I am not sure orzo in a soup is my favorite way to eat that grain, but it was good–especially because I was nursing a cold.  Jonah ate the orzo and broth parts.

In the crockpot right now I am trying out this new recipe for Chicken & Dumplings.  I was mostly interested in this recipe because I thought Jonah might like it.  This recipe calls for condensed Cream of Chicken soup.  I no longer buy any condensed cream of whatever soups.  They are high in sodium and contain soy protein.  I make my own ‘cream of anything’ soup for recipes.   I did not add chicken pieces since the soup is going into a chicken dish.  I added one packet of this and hopefully that will do.



Condensed “Cream of Anything” Soup

1 cup cold milk
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper

In a small saucepan, whisk milk and cornstarch till well blended.
Stir in butter, bouillon, salt, and pepper.
Heat to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer on low for one minute more to thicken.
Use in recipes to replace one can of cream of anything soup.

Stir in a drained 4 ounce can of mushroom pieces to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Stir in 1/2 cup cooked chicken pieces to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Chicken Soup.

Stir in 1/2 cup sautéed chopped celery to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Celery Soup.

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One response to “Fall and Winter Eating

  1. Thank you for linking to my blog. I’m so glad you posted an alternative cream of anything! I’ve been doing a bit of reading on what’s in our foods and am trying to adjust things as I can. Would love to hear how the the chicken and dumplings turn out. :)

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