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January 12, 2018

National Soup Month

National Soup Month

Happy New Year!

After the overindulgence of the holidays, I seem to always plan a detox - new year, healthier me. The operative word being plan.

This year, I decided to take it one step further and actually make a healthy, but comforting meal for my family. With the nation, and surprisingly our hometown of Dallas, in the midst of a deep freeze and record breaking winter weather, I thought soup! Did you know that January is National Soup Month? Perfect timing! My detox stars were aligned. The thought of a simmering pot of homemade soup on the stove made me happy.

I was reading my local neighborhood paper and came across this recipe by columnist Christy Rost for Winter White Bean Soup. I find the best recipes in the newspaper! My Thanksgiving mashed potato casserole (a family favorite and definitely not on the detox train) was handed down to me from my Mom, the original Martha Stewart, from a New York Times recipe circa 1981. Don't overlook the recipes in the news! You probably have most of the ingredients for this white bean soup in your frig and pantry, but don't be afraid to improvise. (The recipe called for spinach, I used kale. Next time I would probably grate some fresh parm on top when serving.) This soup was everything Ms. Rost promised - satisfying and flavorful. If you're still eating carbs, pair it with crusty bread or bruschetta :)

Easy, healthy, sticking to the plan (for now). Yum!

 

 I am quickly learning that food photography is much harder than it looks.
How the heck does the Pioneer Woman do this?

 

Herbs, water and vegetable broth... and my celery sticks to munch on. Exciting.

Here goes the vegetable broth and water...

After letting the broth simmer for about 45 minutes, I added the beans. And almost dropped my phone into the pot.

Cooking the beans took longer than I expected so give yourself plenty of time. Simmer for at least another 45 minutes. Add a small handful of baby kale or spinach to the bowl and ladle the warm soup over.

Voila! I promise my photography will get better. Another New Year's resolution!

December 19, 2017

Popovers

Popovers

When Chef Coombs suggested including a popover pan with his exclusive popover recipe in the box, we were thrilled. A popover pan in a subscription box? Who does that? We do. We strive to make each box unique for our subscribers and the popover idea was perfect for our holiday box.

Popovers are simple to make but the results are oooh and ahhh worthy! The eggy batter plumps up in the oven creating a crispy... Read More

November 07, 2017

Entertaining with Natural Elements

Entertaining with Natural Elements

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to ask our current Chef, Whitney Miller, for an easy tip or trick that she uses while entertaining that we could share with our community. Whitney's southern roots run deep and her approachable recipes embody true hospitality. She suggested having fun when choosing serving pieces! For instance, Whitney loves to use natural elements when putting together a cheese platter. A wood cutting board or... Read More

July 25, 2017

Supermensch

Supermensch

My husband John reached out to Shep Gordon a few months ago about CrateChef after hearing him interviewed on Mark Maron's podcast and watching the documentary "Supermensch - The Legend of Shep Gordon". If you are not familiar with Shep Gordon, he has managed a long list of musicians, entertainers and, most notably for us, Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. His experiences in the entertainment... Read More

July 10, 2017

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Summer is made for driving and Rebekah and I are hitting the road tomorrow! We are headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to meet our next Chef. I don't want to give anymore away, but we are super excited to partner with him and share his love of Louisiana cuisine and culture with you.

Rebekah’s behind the wheel which I guess means I’ll need to pay attention to the navigation :) It’s about a nine hour drive... Read More