Recipe Review: Cauliflower Soup

via Iowa Girl Eats

I’ve been really into soups lately. This hasn’t happened by accident, it’s actually due to a little gadget I got for Christmas. A lot of the soup recipes I was coming across would finish blending their soup with an Immersion Blender or Hand Blender. I knew I had to have one of these toys. I put one on my Christmas wish list and voila!, a soup maker was born. Because really, making soup and then transferring it in batches to a blender? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

The Immersion Blender is a wonderful tool that lets you blend right in the very pot you made the soup. I will do another post in the future about the Immersion Blender and how wonderful it is. Ironically, this soup doesn’t require blending so not sure how we got into all that. This is a Cauliflower Chowder from the blog Iowa Girl Eats. It is supposed to be a healthy substitute for Baked Potato Soup.

Here’s my pin with the link to the recipe and here’s how it went for me.

IMG_1136Here are your main ingredients chopped up: Cauliflower (duh), Onion, Celery and Cheddar Cheese.

It also calls for chicken broth, milk, garlic, hot sauce and bacon. Hmmm, bacon.

IMG_1135Can’t you just hear that bacon sizzle?

IMG_1137In the same pan as the bacon, heat the onion and celery

IMG_1138Then add the cauliflower

IMG_1140Mix in the remaining ingredients and throw the bacon in there

IMG_1143Garnish with some cheddar cheese, more bacon and green onion.

And there, my friends, you have yourself a nice little cauliflower soup. Of course that’s my Cliff Notes version of the recipe. Check out Iowa Girl Eats for the full version.

My overall thoughts on this soup are that it was good but then again, what with bacon on it isn’t good? Maybe I give the bacon too much credit but I think it would have been a bit bland without it. But I guess that for a replacement soup that is much better for you than starchy potato soup, it’s a great tasting alternative and I would recommend it.

As I said, I’ve been making a lot of soups lately and while it wasn’t my favorite soup ever, it was definitely good and I would try again in the future. Besides my new soup gadget toy, which again wasn’t used here, I’ve been making a lot of soups for easy Meatless Monday meals.  (I know this one has bacon and so not completely meatless but just go with it).  I will definitely share more of those Meatless Monday meals as well.

Please let me know if YOU have any recipe suggestions!

And yes, I will work on taking better pictures.

Happy Monday.

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Book Review- Gone Girl & The American Heiress

Hi Friends,

So remember on my last Book Review post I said I had picked up Gone Girl and The American Heiress to read next? Well now I have! Here’s what I thought of the two:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s weird the way I feel about this book. I couldn’t put it down, so that makes it good right? But the way it ends, pretty much the last few pages, angers me! So that makes it bad right? Well I guess that’s the black and white of it all but as for the gray area, it’s an interesting read full of twists and turns. It plays out like a good movie, which is probably why they are making it into one. The story follows married couple Amy and Nick Dunne, two very detailed and intricate characters. They both narrate their own story and their respective voices help paint a clear picture of the type of people they are and the way they feel in the marriage. When Amy suddenly goes missing (she’s the Gone Girl), the story jumps back and forth between the husband and wife. It’s a case of whodunit…except its SO much more than that.

I do recommend the book even though it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. But such is life right? I’ll definitely keep my eye out for the movie.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

I’m having trouble deciding whether this book was good, bad or just eh. I think we’ll go with just eh. After I had put it down for two months because I wasn’t into it, I picked it back up, started from the beginning again and, for whatever reason, it got more interesting after that.  The writing is wonderful in the sense that it gives you just enough details to allow you to visualize the scene without boring you. It follows the story of Cora Cash, a young girl from Newport, Rhode Island in the 1890’s the who has lots of, well, cash. Filthy rich Cora and her overbearing socialite mother travel to England in search of a husband for young Cora and wouldn’t you know it, she has a chance encounter with a man who turns out to be a duke. From here we begin to explore Cora’s relationship with the duke and the people constantly around them, of which there are plenty.  There is jealously, malice, intrigue, duty, love, affair and scandal all set in a castle in England. Sound familiar? It should if you watch Downton Abbey!  This could almost be the story of how Cora met Lord Grantham on DA. Even their names are the same.

As in Gone Girl, I wasn’t crazy about the ending. It was abrupt after a long build up. However, if you like stories of English royalty, dukes and duchesses and things, then this book is for you.

My next two books aren’t novels but instead self-help types books.

Write It Down: Make it Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It 


and

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Has anyone read any of these Self Help/Business books? I usually stick to novels for the escapism factor but these two were recommended so I thought I’d give them a try because, let’s face it, we could always use a little help expanding our minds.

Happy Reading Friends.