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At first glance this soup might look suspiciously similar to the one posted before it. Pureed, a bit orangey, some green stuff on top. The taste, on the other hand, is very different. The soup represents my first attempt at putting myself out there and making friends with cauliflower. Just like brussel sprouts before him, the cauliflower is one of those vegetables I intuitively stayed clear of for most of my life. Oh cauliflower, how could I have been so wrong about you? So much for listening to your gut.

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Make this soup!

The weatherpeople in the Bay Area always act as if snow is such an anomaly here that a person is likely to only encounter it once or twice in a lifetime of California living. And while we certainly don’t get more than a light dusting (sorry East Coasters, I feel for you…I can’t even imagine what driving would be like on San Francisco hills in slush and snow), I have seen more than a handful of flakes over the years that I’ve been here to know that yes, we can get weather even in California. It is cooold today, and snow has been spotted around the Bay, which makes me extra grateful to have this soup recipe in my arsenal for this time of year.

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It’s that time of the year again when people show up to your house a little more frequently than usual and expect you to feed them. Generally I’m thrilled to usher in this season and host friends and family, but for some reason I have trouble with appetizers. I either go crazy and turn it into a fourth course and the most intricate recipe imaginable, or I forget the pre-food food entirely and only realize that I’ve had an oversight when dinner is ten minutes late and people are starting to hover around theĀ  kitchen with their best emaciated faces on. This time, I came across an idea for an hors d’oeuvre that was both pretty, palatable, and prompt. I’m so weird about alliteration sometimes.

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Turkey Curry

The turkey is mocking me. When all the sandwiches you can eat have been eaten, and you can’t stuff another bite of stuffing in, just what does one do with the seemingly endless supply of bird? This year I was very happy to have temporarily assumed British heritage and turn my portion of leftovers into turkey curry. Flavorful, economical, and atypical. After a weekend of savory sage-ness and buckets of butter I needed something a little off the beaten Thanksgiving path. And of course, since I have developed the requisite ‘too much fun cold’ it was nice to have some food that I could actually taste. Oh curry, how I love thee.

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