Archive for January 3rd, 2013

There is no doubt winter is in full swing here in New Hampshire, with temperatures well below zero overnight last night.  The bitter cold snap (blame Canada) makes me yearn for warmer days, like last Sunday when this picture of Lake and Mount Chocorua was taken.  It was 16 degrees according to my car’s thermometer.

Once again, this setting is stunning.  I love the little clouds of snow blowing around across the frozen lake.


vegiOver the weekend I cooked up a batch of vegetable soup following my own recipe.  It was super simple – I took packages of dried barley, two kinds of lentils, yellow and green split peas, and mixed them all together.  To make the soup, I took two cups of the dried veggies mix and mixed it into 8 cups of low fat/low sodium chicken stock and simmered in a stock pot for about 90 minutes.  It turned out great and I served it to guests who said it was pretty good.

The very next day I was out shopping and found a Vegi Soup Mix from Bob’s Red Mill, which sounded very similar to my creation – with the addition of vegetable pasta.  So I picked up a package and rushed home to make some of it.  It was was really interesting, as the soup came out very similar to mine and I was pleased to have an even easier way to make a nutritious main course soup.

About Bob’s Red Mill’s Vegi Soup Mix“Vegi Soup Mix is absolutely the best soup mix ever put together! Contains green split peas, yellow split peas, barley, lentils and vegetable pasta (semolina wheat flour, dehydrated spinach and tomato). No seasonings are added–use your favorites or try our Bean Soup Seasoning Mix!”

Meanwhile, Bob’s also makes a corn bread mix that would have come in handy the other day when I served corn bread with my soup to my guests.

About Bob’s Red Mill’s Corn Bread Mix“Stone ground, whole grain cornmeal and sorghum impart an unmatched flavor and texture from another era. After easy preparation, you will bake perfectly moist and light cornbread. Specially designed for those sensitive to wheat or gluten, this mix contains: whole grain cornmeal, potato starch, whole grain sorghum flour, evaporated cane juice, whole grain corn flour, tapioca flour, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), sea salt, xanthan gum.”

I have loved every product from Bob’s Red Mill I have ever tried and these two latest finds help to make a perfect winter’s meal really easy to prepare.

See all the great products of Bob’s Red Mill here.