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Monday, February 09, 2009

A good night for soup ...

My evening started out with the discovery that the restaurant that I had intended to take Randy to for an early Valentines lunch - is now closed for lunch. The Flatiron Cafe is no longer serving lunch according to their web site. "THIS CAN"T BE!" It was part of a fun day we had planned for this coming Friday.

In a bit of shock, and faced with this new challenge, I set out to find the PERFECT lunch spot. I "Googled" and Yelped" my way through a plethora of ideas and venues. None were quite "it". You see I asked for the gift of "time" again this year. The perfect gift actually - time well spent with my husband. No phones, no email, not a meeting in sight. We are taking Friday off and venturing out for a day of fun and relaxation. And with this gift of time, we try to fill our day with just the right things from a French almond croissant and Illy coffee for breakfast, a walk downtown taking photos to later be framed for Ran's office, to a fun "foodie" lunch, ice cream at Ted and Wally's, junking at antique shops, to shopping at Whole Foods for a quiet dinner at home followed by a wild game of "king's corners" and or a movie.

So thrown by not only my discovery, but to now hear that the forecast has snow in store I forgot to plan dinner.
So, without knowing what on earth I was doing ... I threw this together flying through the kitchen by the seat of my pants ... Perhaps I was inspired by the restaurant search.

And it was JUST the perfect thing for a rainy night in February.

And it was washed down with a nice Pinot Noir.


4 stalks celery

1/2 onion

1 clove garlic

3 or 4 carrots

fresh rosemary

Finely dice all and throw into 5 qt enamel pan (Le Creuset) with 3 Tbsp olive oil. Saute until soft and onions start to clear. Add -

1 -28 oz can Whole Foods 365 organic crushed tomatoes (with basil)

Then using an emulsion blender puree mix (CAREFULLY!!!) until sauteed veggies have reduced greatly in size. Then add -

1 -14 oz can of fat free chicken broth

1/4 cup half and half

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp Splenda

about 1 tsp sea salt - give or take

1 tsp onion powder

fresh cracked black pepper

Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve and dribble a bit of heavy cream on the top ... a few shreds of fresh basil (Oh how I wish I had some!) and serve with a crostini!

I made a quick Panini sandwich with Rosemary focaccia bread (from Rotella's bread outlet - it cost a whopping 70 cents!!!) Havarti and Parmesan cheese, a slice of tomato, black pepper, and brushed the outside with my homemade rosemary infused olive oil.

And now - after a second glass of wine, I am off to bed!


Blogger bayrayschild said...

Carrie, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your blog.

Very well done!


Fri Feb 13, 11:26:00 AM CST  

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