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Cabbage Soup

December 26, 2012
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Cabbage Soup!

I discovered Terry Walters early last summer.  She cooks gluten free and has a vegetable focus (vegetarian, vegan?  I can’t remember…)  She’s fairly close (2 hours away in CT) and I tried to go to a cooking class, but she fills up super fast and the logistics would be tough.  So, I bought her cookbooks instead.  Last night I made her “Winter Vegetable Soup” from her Clean Food cookbook.  We all liked it a lot.

I’ve never made used cabbage as an ingredient before (excpet my failed attempts at Sauercraut).  Allen brought the largest cabbage I’ve ever seen home from the grocery store.  We used half of it, as the recipe called for, but I’d guess it was closer in size to a normal cabbage.  I upped the other veggies by about 50%.

Because I had so much cabbage to cook, I used my largest pot (which is my dark purple Le Creuset and is bigger than a stock pot), heat until soft (about 5 min) (covered, stirring occasionally to check):

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 leeks – was all we had
  • 2 T Mirin (Japanese cooking rice wine  – a Terry Walters frequent ingredient and quite yummy, found in most grocery stores)
  • 3 T Tamari

Then add:

  • 1/2 cabbage, diced
  • 5 medium carrots, diced (she did 3)
  • 3 stalks celery, diced (she did 2)
  • 2 largish red potatoes, diced, skin on (she said 1 potato, not specifying what kind)
  • 1 T salt
  • 6 c chicken stock – which came to 1/2″ below the veggies (she calls for veggie stock or water)

Cover and simmer 20 minutes, until everything is soft.

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before pureeing

Puree with hand blender (I like keeping it a bit chunky, for super smooth, blend in Vitamix for 3 minutes/batch)

Add 2 c corn (I used frozen, it cooled the soup off nicely!)

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after pureeing

Taste and season with salt at this point.  (I forgot to do this AGAIN!  We added salt at the table, which worked just fine.)

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013 (Easter)

I made it again!  This time used (our super-duper sweet) frozen corn from our garden and it tasted much more strongly of that corn.  Here is a photo:

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

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