Friday, October 22, 2010

Anthrolife Cooks Dinner or Hastily Thrown Together Recipes For Tuesday Nights

Every Tuesday (or any weeknight) evening, I find myself immersed in Anthro's website after (and during) work. Sometimes to the point that I have no food on the table, or even in the microwave (!) by the time Chris gets home from work. At 8 pm (Yes, he's a workaholic. I have suggested counseling. But he doesn't have time).

Slacker, you say? Or dedicated fanatic.

Well, Anthro seems to have the right idea--look at their culinary headline on their site today.
See the right hand corner? 

It's fate! I made Apple and Butternut Squash Soup last night! Ok, truth. It was supposed to be Butternut Squash, but ended up being Cream of Sweet Potato Soup. Mainly because I already had them in the fridge.

Here's the slacker recipe if you want it--I'm not swearing by its culinary value (although, lets face it--he and i didn't gag while eating it)--just the fact that it's fast and allows you to peruse Anthro's website without guilt! It's the simmering! Lots of time simmering!

Cream of Sweet Potato for Slackers/Anthro Lovers:
4-5 Sweet Potatoes that you baked for 45 minutes 2-3 days earlier but couldn't finish eating because of poor time management
1 red onion or 2 shallots if you happen to swing that way
1 full carton of Trader Joe's Chicken or Veggie Stock
1 half carton of half and half that you want to get rid of before it goes sour
Rosemary sprigs from your backyard or whatever herb is lying around
EVOO (as Rachel Ray would say) w/c means extra virg olive oil

Cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch slices, skin intact (it's both easier and more interesting that way). Throw the red onion into the food processor so you won't have to chop it and cry that painful onion cry. Warm up olive oil in a dutch oven/medium pot. Heat up the onions in the EVOO while you peruse the sweaters on sale (about 5 minutes).

After onions are translucent, or are smoking, throw the sweet potatoes into the pot, cover with stock, and then settle in for the rest of the website.
Let boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes. You can even look at the boots.

When you think you are good and ready to eat, turn off heat, ladle soup in batches into a food processor/blender. Pulse a few times, then really pulverize. It will be the consistency of creamy soup. If it's not, add water. Then add a big douse of half/half. More if you like it creamy, less if you don't.

Salt/pepper/herb to taste. Settle into the couch, and check out Anthro's new kitchenwares.

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