Wrapping up 2015

I gave up.  I fell behind on posting soups, then I fell behind on making soups, and then I just gave up.

So this is my wrap up post of 2015!  I have a few more soups that I made but never posted, plus a few updates on life in general.  Then a fresh new start for 2016, which is going to be a year of cocktails!  I have a feeling I’ll have an easier time staying caught up on that one…at least the drinking part.  We’ll see about the posting portion (but I have high hopes!)

Looking back, it appears that I got really busy right around the time I stopped making soups.  I spent a lot of the summer camping, which was a real blast!  It is a bit difficult to pull off soup while camping.

I also started using the meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Home Chef, Plated, etc.  I’ve tried pretty much every service I’ve heard of and they each have their merits.  Some recipes are better than others (I find that I enjoy Home Chef the most) but it really depends on what is offered by each service each week.  Anyway, that’s not what this post is about, but I could probably write another whole blog about the many different meals I’ve had over the past 6 months with those services!



The soup that I made for week 17 was Philly Cheesesteak Stew from a great culinary blog, The Cozy Apron.

This was a really tasty soup; hearty and delicious!  The only thing I changed was that I skipped the bread bowl and served bread on the side instead.  I LOVE melted cheese on a soup, and the provolone on this soup was perfect.  It worked out WAY better than the melted cheese I’ve attempted on previous soups!

Week 18’s soup was Chilled Raspberry Soup from the Taste of Home website.  Unfortunately, I took the picture with my husband’s phone and he decided to delete all soup-related pictures recently, assuming I wouldn’t need them anymore since I took the pictures SO LONG AGO!  Gotta say, I can’t blame him!

I believe I followed the recipe as-is.  I enjoyed the soup, especially because I really love raspberries yet hate the seeds, and this soup gets strained to remove the seeds.  My husband wasn’t quite as enthusiastic since he doesn’t like sour cream.  The little dollop on top especially put him off, but I thought it was a good garnish.


For week 19, I made Creamy Potato and Kale soup from the blog Pinch of Yum.  And judging from the bowl and stovetop in the picture, I must have made this one at my grandma’s house!

I had an issue with this soup, but I’m fairly certain it was user error.  My ratios were off and I needed more potato, because the soup turned out really thin.  The flavor was good though, so I think it would have been even better with the right texture.  I remember leaving the leftovers with my grandma (who we call Golgay, by the way) and I suggested she use potato flakes to thicken it up.  I honestly don’t know if she did or if she even ate the leftovers, but I’m fairly confident that it would have worked!


My last official soup of 2015 was week 20, when I made Vichyssoise, the classic chilled potato and leek soup.  I got the recipe from BS in the Kitchen, which is a really fun blog and has some amazing food photography.

I’ve got to be honest.  I made all of these soups so long ago, and I didn’t make great notes on the last couple of soups, or pin my reviews to Pinterest.  So I don’t really remember much about this soup, which is probably an indication that it wasn’t anything special since it wasn’t memorable, but could also just be an indication that I officially have Mom Brain.  I find cold soups a little odd to eat though, especially with potato.  Cold potato leaves a bit of a weird coating inside my mouth.  So not my favorite, but I think that is a reflection of my feelings on this type of soup and not the recipe specifically.

And that’s it!  I made it more than 1/3 of the way through the year, so not terrible.  But 2015 is over and there’s no time to look back.  Here we go 2016!


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