Spicy Cauliflower Soup

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Several years ago, I tasted (and devoured) a spicy cauliflower soup at a small restaurant in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  After years of trying (unsuccessfully) to duplicate (or acquire) the recipe, I finally used a combination of different recipes with my own preferences and managed to create a great tasting cauliflower soup.  It has some spice to it but I did not just want another bland boring creamy soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!   I know I have not been blogging and I apologize. Real life has been very busy as I am pursuing my masters degree and have very little free time, if any. Will continue to try and share my favorite epicurean creations

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 whole onion, finely diced

1 whole carrot, finely diced

1 stalk celery, finely diced

1 whole cauliflower head, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chile powder

1 teaspoon dried chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon tumeric

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

1/2 heavy cream

Preparation:

  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for a few minutes.  
  2. Add the cauliflower and all the spices - cumin, chile powder, chile flakes, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, and tumeric; stir to combine.  Add more olive oil if necessary.  
  3. Cover and cook over very low heat for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir.
  4. Add the stock and heavy cream.  Turn up the heat and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. 
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until cauliflower is tender and cooked through; about 25-30 minutes.  
  6. If you have a hand held immersion blender you can use it to make the soup as smooth as you like or leave it chunky if you like.  I usually quickly blend it but leave some of the cauliflower pieces for texture.  
  7. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if desired.  You can serve with some grated cheddar cheese if desired.

Enjoy!

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recipe here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mixed-Berry-Jam-242544

You can make a smaller amount and dispense with the canning jar steps. Just store in a glass container (plastic may stain) and refridgerate!

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http://www.foodista.com/recipe/3G7KLCH7/lemon-quick-bread?utm_medium=twitter#

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