PInterest Recipe of the Month- Vidalia Onion Soup with Wild Rice

This weekend I decided I wanted to find recipe to re-boot my ‘Recipe of the Month’ idea.  With the short, cold days we’re experiencing in Minneapolis, I thought soup would be perfect.  After doing some browsing, I found this onion soup recipe and traced it back to one of my favorite blogs, ‘Smitten Kitchen’. I’ve made a few things from the blog before, so I knew it would I could trust it.  I made a couple of tweaks to the recipe including; substituting the Blue Cheese for Gruyere and using a mix of fresh parsley, chives and dried basil.  You can find the recipe right HERE.


It’s a bit of a time consuming process to cook both the rice and the onions, but the smell in the house was worth it.  It also gave me a chance to master my old nemesis, the mandolin. I used it to get nice even slices of onion and it went much faster than trying to slice them all by hand.  The soup itself was mild and pretty filling.  The recipe called out 4 servings but we could have easily done 6.  I have to say my favorite part was the pieces of baguette and cheese on the top.  After a few minutes of it soaking up the broth, it was the perfect blend of mild and sharp flavors. I could have eaten a full baguette myself if I had enough soup to soak it in.

I hope this gives you something to make the next time a Polar Vortex comes rolling through.  It seems to be once a week now around here.  Check out the rest of the recipes on ‘Smitten Kitchen’ as well, including an all time favorite; ‘Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake‘.  Follow the link for that, just do it.

Container Gardening- The Good, The Bad and The Squishy

Earlier this week The Hubs and I dug in (literally) to our garbage tubs to see what we had for potatoes and onions.  Since I last shared photos, the onion greens had really shriveled up and our potato leaves had started to brown too.  Both signs that they were finished and ready to dig up.

The Good: The potatoes.  I was a little nervous about how many we would get.  We didn’t ever add the third load of dirt we were supposed to according to the directions we’d found online, and with our extra hot summer, I was afraid the browning we took for ‘finished potatoes’ was actually ‘I’m thirsty, why aren’t you watering me?’.  Thank goodness the former was true.  We didn’t quite make the 100 pounds of potatoes I was hoping for, but we have a pretty full bowl and a range of sizes.  It turned into a bit of a treasure hunt to sift through the dirt, plans and rocks at the bottom, I thought it was fun.  I’d give it another shot next year with the third load of dirt and see how much of an increase we get.

The Bad:  The onions.  More disappointing than bad really.  Almost all of them grew but I think they put more effort into the greens than the bulbs.  The entire two bins worth of onions fit nicely into a strawberry pint basket.

For your reference, this is the largest onion of the bunch.

The Squishy:  One unnerving thing we ran into a couple of times where damp, slimy, empty potato skins.  It only happened a couple of times, but still, eww.  I’m thinking about how we would change things up for the onions next year.  I’ve got some research to do but I’m not ready to give up on it yet.  I’ll just treat them as cocktail onions in the meantime!

Garden Update- Sprouting *Update*

Where did the last week go?  I had a busy/late week at work and then my parents were up over the weekend.  The week went by in a flash and all of my best intentions of posting got passed up for dinners of popcorn and frozen pizza at 9pm while watching a bit of TV just pooped.  Things seem to be slowing down a bit though so hopefully we can get back to business as usual.

Since it’s been a couple of weeks I thought I’d show you how our container veggies are doing…

Huge onions

Potatoes well on their way

Carrots are sprouting too

Tomatoes aren’t quite doing as well as we’d hope.  A couple might be ok to plant but we’re debating on whether or not we should bite the bullet and buy some plants at a greenhouse.  We’ll see how they look toward the end of the week.

Hope you all are getting to enjoy some warm spring weather!  See you soon!


UPDATE: Sorry for posting without pictures.  Had a few issues on the tech side of things.  To make it up to you here’s a friendly visitor we’ve had in the backyard since the pups have been banned while we’re re-seeding.  Isn’t he CUTE!  He didn’t like me sneaking around the yard to take pictures of him, I promise he’s not stuck inside our garden  just outside the fence:)