Think of today’s recipe as the soup version of the classic Provençal dish Poulet à l’Estragon. Traditionally, the French dish is comprised of chicken parts, simmered in a lardon and mushroom sauce finished with creme fraiche and, of course, fresh tarragon. It’s easily one of my favorite dishes. Today’s Creamy Chicken Tarragon Soup is very much inspired by this timeless classic but it has a second muse: a can of condensed soup. Confused yet? Don’t worry, all will be revealed and no, no cans of soup were harmed in the making of this, well, soup. Let’s dive right in!
Butternut Tamale Pie
In my neck of the woods, Thanksgiving is less than a week away and words cannot express how not ready I feel. I’ve complained about this a lot on this blog, but I don’t care, I’m going to say it again – Canadian Thanksgiving comes up way too quickly. I’m just not ready for the pumpkin pie of it all. But I will persevere and reacquaint myself with turkey brine. But before I get to the bird, there’s a little tradition I do on this blog every year. I give the holiday-loving vegetarians a meal option that doesn’t feel tacked together and isn’t just a plate of sides. This is a full-on main event designed to make omnivores jealous. And this year it’s this Butternut Tamale Pie.
Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup with Fried Goat Cheese
Today’s Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup is brought to you by my fridge. In my line of work, you often wind up with an excess of something. It could be a glut of apples, an abundance of pie filling, or a small shop’s worth of cheese. The cheese scenario is not as enjoyable as you would imagine. Honestly, handling leftovers is one of the hardest parts of my job. I know you probably don’t feel remotely sorry for me. And I get it, an excess of cake sounds like one of those good problems to have. But trust me, keeping leftovers interesting is no small feat. On the flip side, however, there is nothing more satisfying than transforming leftovers into something completely new.
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup with Fennel
The first day of spring may be a hop, skip, and a jump away. But the weather here in Toronto clearly didn’t get the memo. As I write this snow is falling outside my window. Thankfully, the ground isn’t cold enough for the snow to accumulate in any major way. So I doubt I’ll have to take a shovel to it, but man, it’s still kind of crushing. And I know this isn’t the last of the snow, not by a long shot. That’s why I’m keeping my winter boots at the ready and recipes like today’s Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup in my back pocket. Let’s face it, we have at least another month of soup season ahead of us, so let’s dive right in.