Ah! It’s coming back to me! Why I love to cook and read the Pioneer Woman’s (PW) blog–she’s sooo damn funny! And endearing. A nice balancing act. I’m inspired to make (my version) of her Creamy Carrot Soup.

And so I love that PW chooses this recipe as a great thing for kids to make because I’m feeling like cooking something simple (and I have no ingredients in the house except for several pounds of carrots! Ha!) As it is Halloween and Pumpkin Season has descended upon us, I would love to make pumpkin-something but will settle for something-pumpkin-colored for now. Carrot soup it is. Ree uses cream in her recipe, but since I have been drinking Champagne by the bottle since the wedding, I’m going light on my  version.

Carrot skins!

I take Ree’s advice and use a paper towel for my carrot skins (I swear that is not my Bud Lite) and turns out it works just as well for grown ups.

Since I don’t have a stove in the Wine Country Kitchen (yes! true! At least not inside the house) this is Slow Cooker Carrot Soup as well. I like making soup in the Crock because you can really let it simmer all day. Just throw everything in and let her roll. (2# peeled carrots, 3/4 of a whole chopped onion, 2 tablespoons chicken bullion, juice from 1/2 a lemon, 2 pinches of ground nutmeg, salt, pepper, 2 cloves pressed garlic, and I am experimenting with some Herbs de’Provence I have on hand as no thyme here!)

Into the pot!

Oh! add water to cover everything, and crank up on high. Now go fix your wings!

When Moxie was a pup, these red feather wings were one of the only casualties of her teething days, and I don’t hold it against her. She could not resist tearing one tip off!

I love the way the new peacock feathers brought them back to life!

After a couple of hours on high, your carrots should be softened. Time to puree the soup.

carrot soup in blender

Transfer in small batches to your blender, or if you are fancy like PW use your immersion blender. Keep an eye (and hand) on the lid as you blend, this soup almost blew mine off! Splatter-Blender action!

Better with Butter

Secret ingredient #1: Well, I tried to make this healthy. I added about 3/4 of a cup of non-fat milk! Then I added about 2 tablespoons of butter. You could skip the butter if you have cream or whole milk. Whatever you feel you need. Every day is new.

secret ingredient

Secret ingredient #2: For sweetness, I added a few teaspoons of Mama’s Apricot Jam. Nice depth and not too sweet. I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon and a bit more salt.

Now if I only knew what to pour with this… :) Happy Haunting!