two pounds of asparagus

It’s springtime in the Midwest, despite the fact that it doesn’t feel like it. Every April that I have lived in Chicago it snows. This week, I was deeply saddened to look at the weather and see that snow, as usual, was in the forecast for the weekend. To cure these early spring blues, I figured that a nice warm bowl of soup would be the perfect antidote. However, I didn’t want another hearty bowl of deliciousness, I wanted something light, pretty, and reminiscent of the spring that I am supposed to be experiencing; cream of asparagus soup proved to be the perfect solution. I adapted the recipe from this one that I found on epicurious.com.

The recipe calls for

2 lb green asparagus
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 to 6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup crème fraîche or heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, added garlic, a tablespoon of Adobo seasoning, and another tablespoon of butter due to using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. For the garnish, I also added some blue cheese.

Spring Asparagus
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To begin, chop the heads of 12 asparagus off and set aside in a bowl. Later, you’ll use these for garnish.
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Chop the remaining asparagus in to 1/2 inch pieces
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Next, chop up your onion and saute it with 2 talbespoons of butter until the onions are soft. I added the garlic and 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo after the onions had been cooking for about 5 minutes
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Once the onions are soft, add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes.
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Next, add the broth, cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the asparagus are very soft. Meanwhile, boil two cups of water with lots of salt and toss the asparagus heads in the boiling pot for about 3 minutes. Strain and set aside. After 15-20 minutes, carefully blend the asparagus-broth mixture in your blender.
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Put the blended asparagus soup back in the large pot and add the heavy cream. Bring it to a boil. This is where I added the other 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo, a little salt, and some pepper. Pour the soup into some bowls and garnish with the cooked asparagus heads, and some blue cheese. I think it would be good with some goat cheese too.
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All Gone!
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by mistake vegan

I spend most of my time with vegetarians, so I try not to get offended when people think I’m part of that club. However, if you know me well, you know that there are few things on earth that I love more than a perfectly cooked slice of bacon or a classic Chicago Style Hotdog ( I like Hot Doug’s as much as the next person, but all I really need/want is a Vienna Beef Dog, poppyseed bun, onions, relish (bright green), sport peppers, tomato, and celery salt)

Seeing as meat has been getting a bad rap in the news lately, and considering that I can rarely afford locally sourced/ humanely farmed meat (this doesn’t apply to hot dogs, obvs) I tend to live (loosely) as a vegetarian. I even enjoy the Chicago Diner once in awhile. However, I can’t, for the most part, say that I’ve ever been a huge fan of vegan food. Perhaps I spoke too soon. On Tuesday, we were famished, and made a delicious, by mistake vegan meal.

Gerard started by chopping a red onion that was nearly past its prime, luckily we saved it and put it to good use:
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I followed suit and chopped some ginger, scallions, and garlic
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Gerard expertly chopped the tofu:
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Then he fried it like a pro:
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I made the curry sauce:
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(1 can coconut milk, ginger, scallions, curry powder, cayenne, whatever yr heart desires, simmered down to a thick consistency)

Next we sauteed the veggies with the tofu (carrots, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, some I forgot)
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Yum
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We boiled the buckwheat noodles (an interesting taste sensation, worth noting that it’s gluten free)
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Then we added the curry to the veggies and tofu
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Next, we cooked the noodles with the curried veggies and tofu
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We put the dish into bowls:
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At last: Curry Noodle Stir Fry
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It was vegan, and I didn’t even mind!

Worth noting, we had a really great wine: Rock Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc it was so good!