Asparagus Soup #SundaySupper

When my husband and I got married we went to Riviera Maya for our honeymoon.  Where we stayed at had the best Asparagus Soup.  I would order it every night for a late night snack…and I’ll admit that I would order a steak with it too.  Hey we were on vacation!  So when this weeks Sunday Supper theme came out, Easy Spring Recipes, I knew I had to finally try and recreate this soup recipe with one of my favorite Spring vegetables.

Asparagus Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I looked up the hotel to share with you only to find out that now it’s totally under a different name.  When we went it was the Adventura Spa Palace but now it’s Hard Rock Riviera MayaI was kind of sad finding out about this because it was always a hope that we would go back one day.  I guess though change is inevitable.  It has been over 13 years and it would give us an opportunity to try out a new location.  Until then though I can try to make this soup and reminisce about the wonderful time we had.  And I’m glad I took the challenge to try to make my own because it worked out perfectly!  Now on to the food.

One thing that is plentiful throughout the Spring & Summer in Michigan is asparagus.  I actually grew up next to a field of it when I was a kid and you can find it at roadside stands for cheap!  A great tip is to buy it in bulk and freeze it so when it goes up to almost $5/pound in the Winter I don’t have to worry about it when I have a craving.  Thinking about this got me interested in knowing when fruits and vegetables are at their peak growing season in Michigan.  I found this great resource from PickYourOwn.org with all the fruits and vegetables and when the crop will become available.  Check it out to see what goodies are coming soon to a farm near you.

Asparagus Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This asparagus soup recipe ended up being so simple.   Chop off those pesky hard ends on the asparagus and throw them out.  Then chop the rest in equal pieces.  Heat up some oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium/high heat.  Add the asparagus and 3 cloves of minced garlic.  Sautee for 3-4 minutes then sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over the top, stir to coat all the vegetables evenly with the flour.  Add chicken stock then set to a low/medium simmer and let cook uncovered for 25 minutes.

Making this soup ‘creamy’ is a two step process.  One is to use a little tool called an ‘immersion blender’.  This is actually something my Mother-In-Law gave me and I don’t use it too often but always glad I have it as part of my kitchen.  If you do not have one I would suggest taking most of the soup mixture and putting into a blender.  Should give the same exact effect with just a little more work.  For the second part of adding creaminess, take a small bowl add the milk, remaining flour and cornstarch.  Stir to combine then add to the soup mixutre.  Finally the last part of making this soup ‘Wow’ is adding the thyme, nutmeg and Parmesan.

Top this creamy soup off with some homemade croutons.  And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you so much to this weeks Sunday Supper host Anne from Simple and Savory.  Check out all these wonderful Spring recipes from other taste makers:

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Asparagus Soup
Asparagus is cooked until tender then made creamy with milk and Parmesan. Top with crunchy homemade croutons to complete this delicious and light meal.
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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Instructions
  1. Chop off the hard ends on the asparagus and throw them out. Then chop the rest in equal pieces.
  2. Heat up some oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium/high heat. Add the asparagus and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Sautee for 3-4 minutes then sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over the top, stir to coat all the vegetables evenly with the flour.
  3. Add chicken stock then set to a low/medium simmer and let cook uncovered for 25 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to cream the vegetables.
  5. Take a small bowl add the milk, remaining flour and cornstarch. Stir to combine then add to the soup mixture.
  6. Add the thyme, nutmeg and Parmesan.
  7. Top this creamy soup off with some homemade croutons. Enjoy!
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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake #SundaySupper

We are expecting our first substantial snow fall here today in Southwestern Michigan.  How exciting!  I feel like the holiday can finally get under way.  I’ve strung the lights up outside, put up the tree, hit the Amazon Cyber Monday deals.  We are way ahead of schedule this year and only have a few presents left to get so that means in not too long I have to do one task that I don’t particular like about Christmas-wrapping presents.  I’ll be honest, I suck at it! However one tradition that I have kind of makes it easy to get through, I enjoy a big glass of eggnog while doing it.  That creamy concoction mixed with a little spiced rum….yummy!  Makes the fact that I cannot make even a shirt box look presentable a little less stinging. But I’ve never had ‘nog any other way….so I decided to try something different.

Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In order to let everyone this holiday season enjoy eggnog I decided to use it in a method that is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to cook ~ no bake cheesecake.  A no bake cheesecake can be changed up to suite the needs of any occasion.  Have a picnic? Make my Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake.  Need a quick dessert for a football cookout?  Whip up a Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake.  Easy, fast, versatile and more importantly~delicious!  This Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust is a winner for the holidays.  And did you see that I said ‘easy’?  Check out the video showing how quickly it comes together.

Dessert is made.  So now you can get back to wrapping all those presents.  I hope you are better at it than I am! And here you are……Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Holidays!

Thank you Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure for hosting this holiday recipe roundup for everyone who loves eggnog!  Get 20+ more recipes here…..

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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake
Creamy caramel and eggnog cheesecake filling covers a crunchy ginger snap cookie crust. Drizzle with more caramel and top with candied walnuts for a perfect no bake holiday treat.
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
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Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the candied walnuts cook butter, brown sugar and walnuts for 1-2 minutes on stove top medium/high heat. Set to the side to cool.
  2. Crush cookies then add to a greased pie pan. Mix with sugar and butter. Press down to form to pan.
  3. Melt larger bowl of caramels with 2 Tbs milk for around 35-45 seconds. Pour into crust.
  4. Mix Jell-o, eggnog, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg together with electric mixer until combined. Pour over caramel and ginger snap crust.
  5. Melt the reserved caramels and milk for 25-35 seconds in microwave. Drizzle over the top of the pie. Add candied walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas #SundaySupper

I’ve mentioned before, my Dad is a great cook.  I remember the first time he let me make Swedish Pancakes during the holidays.  Boy, was I important!  I got to mix the batter. Grease the pan. Learned how to move the pan just right to make sure the pancake is thin and crispy.  While the recipe may have changed over time making these reminds me of how proud I was making these pancakes for the first time.  Now I might have to pass this recipe for Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas to my Dad!

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When I think of sleepovers it really takes me back to my youth.  My friends and I doing our hair, dancing to music, gossiping of course!  It seemed like every weekend we were at one house or another us gaggle of girls.  I think that I’m most proud of the fact that those girls are still my closest friends.  If we were staying at my house Sunday’s meant big breakfasts and Swedish Pancakes were always my favorite.  This is my updated version now that I’m the one hosting the sleepovers for my boys.  So put on the coffee and grab your ingredients….

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the MItten

Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl.  It’s important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle.  With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.  You can see my setup here.  Also make sure that you have a plate to add your pancakes to.  They cook quickly!

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.  I posted a video on my Instagram awhile ago on how to move the pan.

Next is the sauce, which is so easy! Chop the bananas.  Add butter to a pan and start to melt.  Add brown sugar then bananas.  Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg.  Take off heat, your done.  What I want to point out is the ‘roll’.  But I digress. I have a helpful little photo tutorial below for the ‘roll’.  Fill the center of the pancake, hook fork into the side and ‘roll’.

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know my husband doesn’t roll his Swedish Pancaked **gasp**!?!? Finish off with more sauce on top.  Do you see this deliciousness??  And here you are…..

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

I would like to thank this weeks Sunday Supper host Marion of Life Tastes Good.  Hosting a Sleepover of your own soon?  Check out over 30+ recipes to keep your guests happy!

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas
Roll up the goodness. Thin and crispy Swedish Pancakes loaded with sweet brown sugar bananas. A sweet start to a perfect day.
Course Breakfast
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Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Instructions
Swedish Pancakes
  1. Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl. It's important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle. With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.
  2. From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.
Brown Sugar Bananas
  1. Chop the bananas. Add butter to a pan and start to melt. Add brown sugar then bananas. Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg. Take off heat.
  2. Fill center of the pancake then roll. Top with more sauce. Enjoy!
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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake

Ah, Fall! You are finally here! We are cooling down this week after an extended heat wave and I am so happy.  The heat, humidity and mosquitoes have been bad here in Southwest Michigan so I am ready to start seeing the leaves fall, breathe in the cool crisp air and enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer for the season.  I also cant wait to share you with you one of my favorite fall desserts, Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I call this ‘Chunky Applesauce’ because this is the applesauce recipe that I make for my family.  If I have a few apples laying around I will whip this up as a side for dinner.  And since I honesty cannot resist a cheesecake this is a great dessert that combines two of my favorite things.  So gather your ingredients….

Chuny Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

If you wanted to just make the applesauce like I do, you would just use this step alone.  I’m sure your family will love it, it’s perfect with a pork roast and mashed potatoes.  Now on to the applesauce.  Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples.  Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil cooking for around 10 minutes.  Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar.  Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan.  In a mixing bowl combine the cheese cake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip.  Mix with electric mixer until all combined.  Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust.  On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let the cheesecake refrigerate for 4-6 hours.  And here you are….

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake
Cinnamon and nutmeg cheesecake filling on top of chunky applesauce and a graham cracker crust. Creamy and full of the flavors of Fall.
Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chunky Applesauce
  1. Start with making the chunky applesauce. Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples. Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice. Bring to a boil and cook for around 10 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.
Crust
  1. For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar. Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan.
Cheesecake
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the cheese cake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip. Mix with electric mixer until all combined.
  2. Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust. On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. Cut & serve. Enjoy!
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