Creamy Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Soup

This soup may not look like much, but boy, is it delicious. Hot, creamy, and filling, it's the perfect thing for a fall evening. Pair with some crusty gluten-free toast, and you have yourself a tasty meal.

I highly recommend roasting several heads of garlic ahead of time. They store forever, and taste great with everything - spread on toast, added to soups as I do here, or just for a subtle garlic flavor in other dishes. Not sure how to roast garlic? Check out this great tutorial.

Creamy Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Soup

Serves 4

Knockoff a Knockoff

Sweater season is in full swing. Last summer I washed all of my sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, blankets - anything handknit or hand-wash only - I washed it, and blocked it, photographed it to update my Ravelry page, and carefully folded it and put it away.

As I was doing that, I found quite a few of my sweaters had holes in them. Not from moths, just from wear. As I wasn't particularly interested in repairing them (they were store-bought and of mediocre quality), I donated them to Goodwill.

Of course, now my sweater collection seems a little slim.

I ordered some yarn way back when I finished Ivy, and it turned out to be much finer and in a much different color than I thought. I've written a pattern for it, but nothing seems to be working out quite like I thought it would. Back to the drawing board.

Never Perfect the First Try

It's hard to remember sometimes, but nothing's ever perfect the first time. You have a vision of what you want something to look like, you know more or less how you're going to execute it, and then it flops.

It happens in cooking.

It happens in knitting.

Happy Desk Salad - Arugula Salad with Proscuitto, Basil, and Goat Cheese

Maybe you've heard of Sad Desk Salad. I'm reading it now. Luckily, I don't work (or blog) in such a charged environment, but the concept of being stuck at your desk for lunch definitely resonates. Also in the news of eating lunch at your desk, you should only do it if you make the conscious decision to do so

If you find yourself at your desk for lunch, one way or the other, a great salad can go a long way in making the experience a decent one. It's just as easy (if not easier) than walking across the street to the bodega for a  limp salad - just throw some great tasting greens in a container, roll the meat into some plastic wrap, and put the dressing in a separate container. Mix it all together at your desk, and voila - a happy desk salad. It's crisp, satisfying, and totally free from despair.
This salad just so happens to have some kale and chive sprouts from my garden - a lucky coincidence of needing to thin out veggies. But it would be equally delicious with just the arugula and mesclun mix.
Arugula Salad with Prosciutto, Basil and Goat Cheese 


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