In our family, when there’s a baby about to be born, we cook a bunch of stuff to freeze so that the tired, sleep-deprived new Mom and Dad don’t have to worry about dinner. My daughters Meredith and Gillian and I make stuff like Spinach Pie, Baked Ziti, Bean Soup and so on, pack them into family-size containers and put them in cold storage until the time comes.
So it’s a good thing we start well ahead because SURPRISE, we got a call at about 4:00 a.m. on September 30th that Gillian was on her way to the birthing center, 17 days before the due date and lickety-split, baby Carina Joy was born before we could even get there.
We are thrilled of course. New babies do that. Carina has a head-full of hair and two fat dimples. Gillian, who worked out almost every day and is fit as ever, is doing well and looks great.
All of this happened suddenly to Gillian and Jesse after a big move and in the middle of pre-school applications for Remy, age 2 (for next year!).
So yesterday I opened the freezer and brought them a few stored items, including this carrot soup. Dinner was all done.
Old Fashioned Carrot Soup
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 pounds carrots, coarsely chopped
2 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
7 cups vegetable stock
pinch of sugar
1 cup cream (any kind) or cream substitute
Heat the butter and vegetable oil together in a soup pot over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the carrots, potatoes, parsley, dill, salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and sugar. Bring the soup to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 45 minutes. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender (or use a hand blender). Return the soup to the pan. Stir in the cream. Heat the soup through and serve. Makes 6 servings