Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An autumn-inspired cream of chunky carrot soup.

cream of chunky carrot soup TasteArkansas Arkansas Farm Bureau (c) nwafoodie

What is your favorite color?

Mine is autumn.

Seriously, everywhere I look my eyes are over-stimulated by the kaleidoscope of colors rocking out right now.  It inspires me to incorporate earthier fall colors into my meals.  For instance, last night was crock-pot chicken with a side of beets and roasted vegetables.  All I needed to do was throw in a cozy fire in the fireplace and my evening became a Hallmark-channel movie (without some crazy plot, thankfully).

Every Thanksgiving meal I like to add a little savory autumn-inspired soup to the menu as a key part of the appetizers.  My niece Krista is still in love with a butternut squash soup from several years ago.  If only I could remember exactly how I made that… anyone else ever make something spectacular and then forget how you made it?


Thankfully, I wrote down my ingredients with this latest soup creation so I can remember it in just a few weeks.  I call this delicious soup cream of chunky carrot soup.  Because, without a little bit of chunky, creamy carrots may taste delicious but they look like baby food.  Who wants that (except a baby)?

This may be just the easiest soup recipe you have ever made and one of the tastiest. Definitely a crowd-pleaser.

What are your favorite colors to cook with right now?

Happy autumn-ing!

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Are you craving delicious mashed sweet potatoes with sweet onions?

Delicious sweet mashed potatoes with sweet onions TasteArkansas (c)nwafoodie

It must be the leaves turning their vibrant colors and swirling to the ground.  It just puts me in the mood.

Oh fall, I love you so.

Acorns dropping.
Leaves piling up.
Sweet potatoes.
Caramelized sweet onions.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Lowel Ego adds beautiful natural light that is great for indoor food photography.

Once the official beginning of autumn started a few weeks ago, did you notice how quickly the days instantly shortened? That means that the seasonal window for taking pictures after work in the beautiful daylight is dwindling down. Which means my photos will start looking all yellow-ey again, no matter how much I try to “fix” it in editing.

Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie

Which means it was finally time to hire an assistant.

Friends, meet my new assistant, the Lowel Ego tabletop lamp.  He comes highly recommend from photographers and food bloggers around the globe and is highly accomplished.

Lowel Ego (c)nwafoodie

Friday, September 26, 2014

My interview with Ardie Davis uncovers what we should look for in good barbecue.

KC Masterpiece 35th Anniversary Blend Kansas City Classic Barbecue Sauce Ardie Davis (c)nwafoodie

Right at this very moment, Northwest Arkansas is hosting Bikes, Blues, and BBQ. All I have to do is sit on my back deck to hear the rumble of bikers off in the distance or to hop in my car for a quick errand to observe that this area has completely transformed itself into one of leather, smoke, and blues. 

Personally, I try to steer clear of the congestion during this time yet it is hard not to notice all the pop-up barbecue food trucks.  Some are fancy while most are not.  The telltale trail of smoke almost makes you think that you can visualize the taste of barbecue in the air.  I wish they would stay around for good.

Because it is timely, today we are going to chat about barbecue.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five Foodie Finds for Friday, September 19th.

Five Foodie Finds for Friday September 19 2014 (c)nwafoodie

After viewing countless videos of your ice-bucket-challenges, holding my breath with anticipation to see that moment of ice shower shock, I came to a realization.

America, you seriously need to update your ice bucket collection.

These little dandies will do just the trick.

Crate and Barrel. This beautifully designed and curvaceous ice bucket is the newest edition to the Carter Collection. Classic in style yet trendy enough to leave out on the countertop.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Still feeling peachy?

Fresh Peach and Tomato Salsa TasteArkansas Arkansas Farm Bureau (c)nwafoodie

Even though Vanzants Farm stopped selling seasonal peaches does not mean that I stopped wanting to eat them. Nope. I still want them Hopefully you were able to stock up and canned some while they were still bursting with rich summertime flavor.  Or, at very least I hope that you were able to score some fresh-off-the-tree beauties.

This summer I played more with my peaches. 

That just sounds silly.

Usually I keep it simple and eat them fresh, can them fresh, and slice them up fresh with ice cream.  This year I branched out a bit and experimented because I wanted to figure out a way to bring out the full flavors so we could eat them year-round and still have the freshly picked taste.

Just because peach season is over does not mean that we have to stop eating them.

These two recipes are keepers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm five.

nwafoodie blog turns 5 years old
Where were you five years ago? 

A lot can happen in five years, and a lot can stay the same.  It is a marvel to me to think back on all that has happened since 2009 and try to imagine what the next five will bring.  Ups and down, for sure. Trials make us stronger and build character and lovely joys keep us floating in hopefulness and delight.  I vote for both in our lives.

This blog just turned five.

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