What is cheating? Merriam Webster provides one definition of cheating as follows: "to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting".
There is no "cheating on winter" this time of year - winter cheats us.
Around here, February is a solid winter month. Nature throws a few"teaser" days our way of above 30F weather - artfully designed to totally mess with our heads and make us think spring is surely on its way. Not.
Other than that wind, cold and snow rule.
Cheating on Winter? Ha!
I did cheat on the soup.
Instead of an onion, I sauteed up a leek.
Instead of lugging out the soup pot, I threw the sauteed leek, a handful of pea shoots, the frozen peas, the lettuce and everything else straight in to my blender and cooked it in the blender.
Yes, I cooked my soup in my blender.
My path of logic reasoned that if I can make "rustic pie" on the grill, there is no reason I couldn't make soup in a blender. Does anyone else's brain lead them down trails like that? Please say yes.
Lest you think I am totally off my rocker (and that may well be true), I should add that my Vitamix came in the mail the day before and it claimed to be able to cook soup. So, of course, I had to give it a try...
I was captivated. Culinary Kid just kept shaking her head at me and saying "that's cool, Mom" as we watched the steam start to come out the top of the blender.
I hope that my excitement over making soup in a blender is not a ringing endorsement that I need to get out more. I like to think that I am just easily amused.
We had soup for dinner and I didn't have to wash a million dishes. In the words of "the Ina": "How easy is that?"
P.S. Total side note here, but how many Spam comments do you all antipate coming your way because the word "cheating" is in the title of this week's FFwD posting? There are certain words that seem to trigger those comments and I have a pretty strong hunch that "cheating" is one of them. I have a delete button and I am not afraid to use it...