Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Monday Morning Report!

   This morning I took a short walk to the end of the block to see how the surf was acting as Hurricane Sandy was approaching Long Island.
   This is what I saw - an update that is short and to the point.
   May have to go out again in a little bit to see how up the surf actually is!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tango Verde Immune Boosting Soup!

When the winds of fall start to blow, the humble bowl of soup starts to take center stage on many a menu. A couple of years back our neighbor Melissa gave is a recipe for what she called Immune Boosting Soup. That first batch was a very tasty soup indeed, and it surely did take the chill off a dark autumn evening. 
This particular version of Immune Booting Soup gets a little spiced up thanks to the addition of our very own Tango Verde Green Chili Powder. The combination of Jalapeño & Habenero powders in Tango Verde will give this soup a nice kick. After a bowl of this you will definitely be feeling the warmth flowing throughout your entire self.
Of course, adding more of the Tango Verde will always be a heart warming option.

Tango Verde Immune Boosting Soup

2 TBS Olive Oil
1 Cup Chopped Carrots
4 Garlic Cloves / crushed
1 Inch Ginger Root / peeled and minced fine
2 Leeks / washed & chopped fine
3 Shitake Mushrooms / chopped

5 Cups Hot Water
5 Asparagus Stalks / chopped
1 tsp Tango Spice Tango Verde* (or more)

2 TBS White Miso

Heat olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers.
Add the carrots and sauté for 1 minute.
Add garlic, ginger & leeks, sauté for 3 minutes.
Add shitake, sauté for one minute. 
Add water and bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer on medium low for 10 to 15 minutes.
Put miso in a small bowl, ladle out one cup of broth, add to bowl and stir to dissolve miso.
Add miso mixture to soup and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Right before serving, garnish with fresh cilantro or basil.

*Tango Spice's Hot 2 Trot or Southwest Sunset blends also work great in this recipe.


One more thing that we have enjoyed about this soup is that it works excellent as a base for heartier, meatier soups. Simply by adding any left over pulled pork, smoked brisket, grilled chicken or bbq rib meat, you have a soup that can also please the meat eaters at the table.

Please let me know if you decide to try this recipe.

Gather The Ingredients

Dice Them Nice & Small

Enjoy Some Healthy & Spicy Soup

As Always, Thank You For Reading!