One Seasonal Soup You All Should Try: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Cream and Pepitas

This twist on classic pumpkin soup will please everyone around the table. No one can resist this creamy and smooth soup with a hint of heat, and topped with toasted pepitas and spiced cream.

Around here, we eat a lot of soup this time of year.  It’s chilly and blustery and soup just comforts you.  Our Sprout enjoys soup too. She gets antsy at dinner time because she has to sit still.  Haha!  I’m sure you all know what I mean, especially if you’ve ever had a high energy, strong willed toddler. Anyways, soup is a quick meal for her and for us. Which is just what we need this time of year.

Soup requires very little skill, which makes it great for busy families like ours.  Basically any soup is comprised of a base (usually broth or cream), meat or protein, vegetables, flavor add ins (think bacon, scallions, etc.), and toppings.  Once you get that down, the options are endless!  It also freezes easily for future meals.  Make a big batch a freeze for up to 6 months! Continue reading “One Seasonal Soup You All Should Try: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Cream and Pepitas”

Mouthwatering Bruschetta with Tomatoes (Bruschetta con Pomodoro)

Today’s recipe for mouthwatering bruschetta with tomatoes, is a quick and tasty version that works great when you don’t have a lot of time. It also uses up all those juicy tomatoes and zesty basil leaves that are flourishing this time of year!

We love to cook and experience food from all cultures here at The Sprouted Cottage. Dave is a classically trained chef who loves the adventures of Asian cuisine and classic French techniques. He works as a chef at a local bakery in a neighboring town and gets to play with food everyday. I have always enjoyed learning about other cultures because of my love for art and textiles. I love discovering the unique traits of different people. There is one thing that both Dave and I see in every culture; sharing a meal is a common way to enjoy others company.

In true American fashion, our Sprout is a melting pot of ancestry. She has Italian, German, Polish, Norwegian, Irish, English, Scotch and possibly even Mongolian. We love how unique this makes her and have enjoyed watching her grow and seeing different characteristics show up as she matures. It also inspired us to expose her to foods and cultures that make up her ancestry. Continue reading “Mouthwatering Bruschetta with Tomatoes (Bruschetta con Pomodoro)”

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Enter in a combination of classic chicken noodle soup and some of our favorite Asian flavors.

Last night was one of those nights where it was just chilly enough for a light sweater in the evening.  Not quite cold enough for blankets and a fire but it definitely had the feeling that early spring was here and winter was waving goodbye.

I had a whirlwind day of bible study, lunch with Dave at the bakery, grocery shopping with a toddler and then back home before dinner.  While getting the groceries unpacked and put away I decided to check on our dog who was running free in the yard we sometimes share with our friends and landlords.  It was the perfect time to take some produce scraps to the compost pile.  No sooner had I dumped the scraps than I heard the squawk of our neighbors’ duck in distress.  Our dog does just fine around ducks and poultry until one decides to waddle away…rapidly!  There were feathers and mud all over, mostly on me.  Dog by the collar in one hand and duck nestled back under a tree with the other, I marched our dog back up to our house.

Thankfully we have the best landlords on planet earth.  They are our friends and part of our central coast family.  We love them dearly and on a day like yesterday, I am so relieved that they love us equally.IMG_9982-1

The duck is doing okay. Still shocked and trying to heal but thankfully, alive. Clancie, our pooch, will probably never look in her direction again! Continue reading “Asian Chicken Noodle Soup”