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Welcome to March!

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Lately, it's summer temps one day and snowing the next.  With the unpredictable weather, we've  been keeping our weekly menus light and versatile. 

This soup, adapted from a Williams Sonoma recipe, was a hit in our household recently.  Bonus points when accompanied by a slice of crusty bread from your favorite local bakery.

2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced into 1/2 inch piece
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Kosher salt, to taste
1 lb. broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup spinach leaves
6 oz. white cheddar cheese, grated
2 Tbs. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish if desired
2 pinches of cayenne pepper, more to taste

In a large pot, warm the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and a few pinches of salt. Cook, until the onion is aromatic and tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Increase the heat to high. Add the broccoli, stock, a few pinches of salt and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove about 1 cup broccoli from the pot and let cool.
Add the spinach, cheddar, the 2 Tbs. Parmigiano-Reggiano and the cayenne to the pot. Using an immersion blender, blend on the highest setting until the soup is pureed.

Cut the reserved broccoli into 1/2-inch pieces. Pour the soup into warmed bowls and garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano and the broccoli pieces. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

TOMS Ballet Flats

I have a love/hate relationship with TOMS (love the wedges, hate the elfin-looking original flats).  Today my love quotient has been upped with the introduction of their Ballet Flats.  These come in a variety of textiles and colors and are definitely worth checking out, especially with TOMS commitment to giving.

Love Beets

Or, really, for me they should be called Lazy Beets since they contain all the deliciousness of fresh-roasted beets without the hassle of peeling and cooking them.  The tasty flavors are a bonus!
Your local WFM should carry Love Beets by the pre-cut fruit. Perfect to throw on salads, sandwiches, or toss with crumbled goat cheese! Yum!

PW's Hot Chocolate

I'm battling a serious post-holidays cold here, and nothing sounds better to me right now than the Pioneer Woman's Hot Chocolate.
If only I had all the ingredients here at home.....

Last Minute Shopping

Loving these ideas on last minute stocking stuffers for the kiddos....

Things We Love: December

Oy, the holidays never cease to amaze me with the chaos they bring on.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.  Combating winter dryness everywhere.  Plus, the fun samples you get when ordering online are a  bonus!

Holiday Cards.  The mailbox is such a fun place, lately.  Although, I have sent out 141 cards and received only 21?  Come on, people!  Thank you, USPS for finally issuing a holiday stamp that is both modern and secular (good-bye Holiday Knits!).

Pan Am.  Loving this "new" show.  Almost as good as American Dreams (RIP).
Gearhart's Chocolates.  An assorted box arrived this week - a gift from a client (way to go supporting local C'ville businesses!), I have had to limit myself to one piece per night.  Personal favs include:  Earl Grey and Brown Butter Caramel.