2011/01/06

I am resolved.... (Paris Mushroom Soup)

"I am resolved..."  Aside from being a phrase in a late 1700' Edmund Burke speech, it is also the theme common amongst many people this time of the year.  New year, new ideas, a jumping off point...

Personally, I am not a resolutioner.  Resolutions seem so large.  They loom over you in their state of incompleteness.  Whispering in your ear, taunting you.  Or they slowly vanish from the foreground.  Like a poof of smoke.  There.  And gone.  The whole concept of resolutions is overwhelming to me.  Way too much like committment.  Shudders.


But I do like goals.  Little chunks.  And nibbles.  Things that I can bite off - literally or figuratively.  Things that can be measured and are acheivable.  And have a time frame associated with them - because I am a deadline girl.  If it doesn't have a deadline - I will probably never, ever get it done (personal flaw).  Maybe we should move along before this starts sounding too much like a therapy session...

Since this is my one year "blog-o-versary", I did do a little reflecting on my culinary goals for the coming year.  Here are the first few that popped into my head: 1)  Incorporate more fruit & vegetables into my diet (still need to make this one more specific), 2) make soup once a week and 3) eat meat-free at least two days per week. 

Before I leave anyone with the wrong impression, it should be mentioned that if you were to scroll further down this mental list, many of my goals are not as nutritiously noble and involve copious amounts of flour, butter, cream and sugar...  Moving on, moving on.     

Totally unrelated side note - the bamboo cutting board that I am now the proud owner of was a Christmas present from The Dude.  All together now...  AAAWWWWWWWW.  And my knives are all very grateful for this latest addition to the kitchen and have rewarded me with much better slicing and dicing of food!


When Paris Mushroom Soup was picked as the first recipe for FFwD, it seemed like an omen (a good one) - a sign that I had chosen my goals well.  It contained vegetables.  It was soup.  It was meat-free.  (Before anyone raises their hand, I should very quickly point out that I substituted vegetable stock for the chicken stock...)


Since I had a "super-Dorie weekend" (I made three of the January recipes over a two-day period), I paired this soup with the Gnocchi a la Parisienne and a loaf of crusty bread - which made for a very comorting meal on a miserable, cold winter evening.  (after my "episode" with the bechamel sauce, I was way overdue for some comfort - but we'll save that story for next week). 

Another random note - cake spatulas make really good transporters of chopped up items from cutting board to stove top.  64 square inches of surface area helps keep those nicely chopped vegetables from sliding off onto the floor during the journey.  The nine square inches of a regular spatula - not so much.  Just saying...


Ultimately, this soup was what I wanted and needed it to be - a really good mushroom soup that will nicely pair with a wide variety of menus.  The pureeing gave it a nice, thick presence; the salad underneath lent textural appeal. 

Good + versatile.  Wow.  In the words of Ms. Garten "who wouldn't love that?"

A few minor tweaks were made to the original recipe: vegetable stock, a shallot and some portabella mushrooms (I couldn't get a full pound and a half of white - plus I love my 'bellas). 



So, week one of the New Year is behind us.  Whew.  May I breathe now?  Here's to 2011 (and lots of deep breathing). 

This post participates with French Fridays with Dorie - come check out what the other FFwD'ers have been up to.  Even better yet, come join us!

24 comments:

  1. Sounds good..I am making it this week. I was going to make it for lunch, but your menu dor dinner sounds soo good...

    Are you in the snow track this time? We are...soup sounds real good...

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  2. @ Janie - Yes - as a resident of the lovely Southern Adirondacks, I woke up to three fresh inches of snow with an expected foot of snow by the end of the day. Glad I put my shovel by the back door before I went to bed last night!

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  3. Happy blogaversary! I feel the same way as you do about resolutions - much prefer goals. I bet the soup was extra delicious with the bellas!

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  4. I, like you, decided to set small goals this year to help me achieve a bigger goal. So much easier!

    Your soup looks great! Here's to a new year of FFwD!

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  5. As I am the only mushroom lover in the house, I savored a hot bowl each night this week with the nasty chill of winter settled into the midwest! Good stuff!

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  6. Great resolutions and I love your cutting board!

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  7. I absolutely love that you have "super Dorie" days wherein you make several of the month's dishes in a short span because I do the same thing! In October, I made the cheese puffs, Shepard's pie, and the apple cake all for one meal. Your soup turned out great!

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  8. Cher Congrats on your one year mark. That's a biggy. I would say I feel for you with all that snow but I bet it is beautiful where you live. As usual I enjoyed the post. Pictures and writing are always great.

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  9. Fantastic goals for the new year. And good looking soup too!

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  10. The soup ended up having a real 'beefy' energy to it so I would imagine it would transform the veggie stock too. Great idea which I will remember when I have to cook vegetarian for friends. Thanks for the idea!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

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  11. Here's to 2011 and many more fun times in the kitchen! I love bellas too and will have to try them next time. Soup looks great!

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  12. Sounds like your well on your way to your goals for the coming year. More veggies, more soup, more meatless meals. This one had you covered!
    Oh, btw, congratulations on your blog-o-versary!! Many, many more happy years to you!
    Your soup looks wonderful :)

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  13. Nice job! And congratulations on your blog-iversary. This soup was so good. I can't wait to make it again.

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  14. Yum...that does sound like perfect comfort food! I made mine with 'bellas too- the white shrooms at my grocery looked icky. Happy blogoversary! :)

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  15. What a nice post. Now I feel like I know you a bit better! Interesting coincidence with your goals and the soup...the universe is speaking...good thing you're listening. :) Happy blogoversary!!

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  16. Lovely post and photos and I think your goals imminently doable. I've done the same thing and amazing how it's not been that hard to give up toast and butter in lieu of yogurt and fresh fruit! Sometimes we just get into habits I think and the hardest part is creating new ones. I've stuck to mine..today!

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  17. Enjoyed reading your post!! Kept my attention! :)

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  18. Happy blogoversary! Your photos are terrific - I especially love your shot of the soup. It looks so appetizing.

    Though I like to think about the year that's past around New Year's Eve, I prefer goals throughout the year to drastic resolutions in January. Your goals sound doable and reasonable.

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  19. my friend suggested that i should resolve not to have any resolutions :)

    i have been eyeing the bamboo cutting boards--thanks for your endorsement!

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  20. I'm not a resolutioner either. Making them always seems like setting myself up for failure. Much better to set goals along the road, as you say.
    Glad the soup and your goals went together so well! I hope it's the sign of a great year to come.
    Happy Blogoversary!

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  21. Great post and congrats on your blog-a-versary. I also liked that have the Dorie-a-thons. Most of us have either done this or thought about it and it is comforting to know that when schedules get tight (when aren't they :) we get creative to make it all work. Happy New Year ! Tricia (and Nana)

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  22. I love the idea of your Super Dorie weekend. Definitely a great combo!

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  23. That pot of mushrooms makes me hungry for this soup again. Love this post, Cher!

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  24. Good luck with your resolutions! I enjoyed your post and photos.

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