Ham and Tortellini Soup

I planted some winter greens last fall, and now (May) I have a lot of kale which needs to be eaten before I plant spring veggies. Kale is very hardy and can easily handle the moderately cold winters here in Oregon. I like to use kale many different ways but my favorite use is in a soup.

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Curried Asparagus Soup

One of the spring vegetables I really like is asparagus. I also really like curry, which is basically a combination of spices including cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and chili. I’ve been making a lot of soups lately, as my family just really likes that style of meal. It’s also less work quite honestly. For this recipe I decided to combine these three elements into something that I call curried asparagus soup.

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Awesome Chili That Happens To Be Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate more beans, lentils, and vegetables into our daily meals. With the right combination of spices, you can turn boring canned beans into something really spectacular. In my university job I was tasked with creating new and exciting vegan and vegetarian recipes for college students. One of the dishes that proved really popular was a special vegan chili that I created.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

I was introduced to broccoli cheese soup at a Panera Bread when I lived in Wisconsin, and grew to really like it. It was perfect to cut the chill of a cold Wisconsin winter. It’s been many years since I’ve had this soup, and so recently I went to our local Panera Bread and ordered it, hoping to enjoy it once again. To my surprise, I was disappointed. The soup wasn’t how I remembered. I don’t want to be too critical, but there wasn’t much of a broccoli taste, the broccoli wasn’t visible, and the cheese seem a bit processed somehow. I also like soup with more of a punch. Maybe it’s just me that has changed.

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