In the meantime, I am celebrating the Blogger CLUE Society theme this month: apples....pears....and fall fruit in general. The Blogger CLUE Society is a group of food bloggers. Each month members are paired with another food blogger, given a theme, and each blogger sets off to explore the assigned blog. The objective is to track down a recipe that matches the month's theme and that we are excited about making. Of course I was focused on the apple!
Even more exciting was that I was paired with Lea Ann! Lea Ann is the friendly, helpful, lovely lady and wonderful cook at Cooking on the Ranch. She enjoys preparing Western, Southwestern and Mexican food. She says she enjoys cooking and wine and talking about cooking and wine. I know that I fell in love with her blog when I first discovered it a number of years ago and have followed along ever sense, enjoying cooking and wine! Lea Ann is not limited to Western regional cooking....she also prepares some wonderful German dishes and has also organized a trip to Germany to participate in a cooking school! I longed to participate in that adventure!
Perusing Cooking on the Ranch was a delight. While I was focused on the apple, I found myself repeatedly returning to Lea Ann's Roasted Pear with Blue Cheese Salad. It will be coming up soon as I won't be just "tempted", it will be for dinner!! The pumpkin is always a fall favorite at our house so, naturally, I have bookmarked a few pumpkin dishes to help me step into fall: Pumpkin Pie Ravioli and Stuffed Pumpkin, all topped off with a Pumpkin Pie Martini!
Last January I had bookmarked a recipe that Lea Ann shared: Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chiptole! Just the title had my mouth watering. I was so happy to be able to prepare this soup for dinner this weekend. It was super! It is easy to make and delicious! The sweet potato and apple are great paired together and the addition of chipotle makes this soup extra special! I must warn you that it is quite spicy so if you are not a fan of spicy, I suggest cutting the amount of chipotle in half and then increase and taste as you go..... Whatever you do, I promise it will be delicious!
Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chipotle
adapted from Lea Ann at Cooking on the Ranch
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 ribs celery, cut into this slices
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1-inch dice
1 large clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles with adobo, adjust according to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup water
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1-inch dice
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
2 Tablespoons toasted pumpkin seed
Cilantro leaves, chopped, and Greek Yogurt or sour cream
Place a large Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add the oil and butter. Heat until the butter melts. Add the onion and celery and cook until tender and translucent, about 6 minutes.
Add the apples, garlic, ginger and chipotle sauce. Season with salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add the stock, water and sweet potatoes to the pot. Increase the heat to high. When the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the soup until the vegetables are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Add the lime juice and taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds, yogurt or sour cream and some chopped cilantro leaves.
You may enjoy the fall fruit recipes that the other Blogger CLUE members prepared, take a look!
- Apple Banana Bread by Lora from Cake Duchess
- Apple Brie Panini by Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Apple Butter by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Apple Oatmeal Muffins by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
- Arugula, Pear and Parmesan Salad by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Butternut Squash Soup with Apple by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Chaussons aux Pommes by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal by Kim from Liv Life
- Creamy Tomato Soup by Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Fresh Peach Buckle by Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Fried Apple Hand Pies by Heather from girlichef
- Greek Yogurt Apple Loaf by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Peach Streusel Bread by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pumpkin Molasses Tea Bread by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Sweet Potato Apple Soup with Chipotle by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Vegan Spiced Apple Crumb Muffins by Debra from Eliot's Eats