it’s soup season | cauliflower soup

february is drawing to an end. come monday morning, march will be knocking on our door! with it comes the hint of spring, at least that’s what the calendar states. i don’t want to make you jealous, but Georgia enjoyed two straight days of seventy-five-degree weather with blue skies and sunshine to boot. the landscapers made hay while the sun shone, so i am nearing the end of my landscaping project. can you say excited?! it’s time for barbecues and cocktails on the patio. okay, i may be getting ahead of myself since soup season is in full swing. today on fridays with oscar, we’re serving a healthy version of cauliflower soup that’s so easy to make and a campari cocktail. no matter if you cook this tonight for dinner or as an easy weeknight meal, this recipe will become your new favorite comfort food!

don’t you just love fridays? it’s time to kick back and usher in the weekend. a quick pitstop to the store to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers is always on my agenda. who else loves tulips? these flowers were once so highly prized that tulipmania spread like wildfire throughout Europe. but what goes up must come down, and the tulip craze that started in november 1636 came to an abrupt end in february 1637 with a merchant or two losing a pretty penny. sound familiar? there’s truly nothing new under the sun… but whenever i notice tulips for sale, i know spring is around the corner. as long as they’re available, one or two bunches come home with me.

it’s soup season | cauliflower soup

today’s ootd couldn’t be more casual. this warm and opens in a new windowfluffy hoodie from opens in a new windowBoden kicks off the outfit. add a pair of opens in a new windowgreen chinos from opens in a new windowJ.Crew and finish with opens in a new window slip-on sneakers from opens in a new windowVince that have been on style repeat since purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last august.

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Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

  • 3leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 1yellow onion, diced
  • 2garlic cloves, chopped
  • cupsvegetable broth
  • cupschopped cauliflower
  • 1canwhite beans, drained
  • 1fresh sprigs thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by prepping the onion and garlic. Cut the cauliflower into florets.

  2. In a heavy bottom pan, saute the onion with butter for 5 – 6 minutes, add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

  3. Add the cauliflower, white beans, thyme, salt, pepper and vegetable broth.

  4. Bring the chunky soup to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Let the soup rest for 10 minutes to cool. Using an immersion blender or cup blender, puree the soup until desired consistency. Reheat on the stove if needed to warm back up before serving.

Campari Cocktail

Ingredients

  • ouncesbourbon
  • 1ouncesweet vermouth
  • 1ounce Campari
  • 1ounce blood orange juice
  • blood orange peels for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add bourbon, vermouth, Campari and blood orange juice. Stir until well combined and very cold.

  2. Strain into a chilled tumbler or rocks glass with fresh ice or serve "up" (without ice). Garnish with blood orange slices or twists of orange peel.

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oscar and i wish you a lovely weekend!

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24 Comments

  1. Deanna wrote:

    Love the casual outfit. The tulips are a beautiful color and the soup sounds delicious. Definitely going to try this recipe! And of course, love to see Oscar. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 2.26.21
    • the soup is sooooo easy to make and delicious.

      Posted 2.26.21
  2. Julie Mycock wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, love the nice comfy outfit, as for the cauliflower soup I only have it if we go out for a meal and its on the menu as hubby doesn’t like cauliflower unfortunately but it looks delicious. I will have to try the cocktail, I love a Negroni.
    Wishing you all a lovely weekend too xoxo Julie

    Posted 2.26.21
  3. Arna wrote:

    Will definitely try this soup. Sounds delicious!
    My husband picked up a few bunches of tulips when he went food shopping yesterday. Even though we are still snow covered, feels a bit springy here inside the house.
    My pups wish you and Oscar a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 2.26.21
  4. Judy Bell wrote:

    Cute, casual outfit! The soup looks yummy. When do you add the leeks?

    Posted 2.26.21
    • the leeks go in with the onions and garlic.

      Posted 2.26.21
  5. Carolyn wrote:

    Oscar is the best boy!
    Love your Friday posts. You look great in that blue top.

    Posted 2.26.21
    • he has such a beautiful temperament. although, he loves to bug ollie.

      Posted 2.26.21
  6. Francesca B. wrote:

    You look beautiful Beth, love that blue on you and darling Oscar who always makes me smile! Thank you for the sunshine:) I am going to make that soup. I like roasted my cauliflower too when i make cauliflower soup for added flavor. Check out All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, animal lovers delight!

    Posted 2.26.21
    • ooooh, roasted cauliflower sounds even better! have to try that next time.

      Posted 2.26.21
  7. Sangita M wrote:

    The recipie sounds fabulous. It’ll be a perfect rainy weekend here in the northeast for soup. I make a similar one but with broccoli and potatos. Can’twait to try yours!!! Hope you, Oscar and the gang have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 2.26.21
    • the absolute best time to make soup! your broccoli and potato soup sounds divine.

      Posted 2.26.21
  8. Linda Tylians wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, I look forward to your posts every week, especially the Friday posts. SO nice to hear you have great weather while we still enjoy our snow. I was wondering where you got the woven basket for rolls? I am going to make that soup this weekend and would like to serve my homemade rolls in a basket like that one. Keep up the fabulous blog – you are the best!

    Posted 2.26.21
    • thank you for your sweet words! gosh, the breadbasket is years old probably from Pier 1 or Sur la Table.

      Posted 2.26.21
  9. Lindsey A wrote:

    I love the bee glassware! I use a couple from that range on my dressing-table/desk – one of the stemless champagne flutes as a small vase (flowers where you see them first thing on a morning is one of my favorite things – hence why I always have flowers in the bathroom too – see them last thing at night and first thing in the morning) , and one of the stemless wineglasses for all my BuJo pens. They bring a smile to my face every time I sit down there. And what’s better than those small moments of pleasure?

    Posted 2.26.21
    • that sounds like a lovely way to use this delightful glassware. love multi-purpose items.

      Posted 2.26.21
  10. Andrea wrote:

    Either you or I are psychic, or great minds think alike.

    Just got back from Sephora to pick up some Briogeo Don’t Dispair Repair conditioner to try. I recently, out of desperation with the psoriasis outbreak on my scalp, tried the Briogeo Scalp Revival charcoal and coconut oil exfoliating shampoo. Magic – seriously magic. Immediate results. Two uses and no more itching, no more scalp full of sores! It is very expensive so will save for future outbreaks.

    Back to the psychic conversation, while stopping to pick up salad things, there they were in all their glory – tulips. Glorious bunches of heart skipping delights. My orchids usually provide me with fall to spring blooms, but come spring my heart and soul yearns for those childhood memories and harbingers of spring – the Netherlands’ gift to the world. Those who love tulips and daffodils are often blessed with young hearts, joyous smiles and easy laughter – like you, Beth 🌷

    Posted 2.26.21
    • awww, that is so sweet but who can argue tulips and daffodils bring a breath of fresh air with them.

      Posted 2.26.21
  11. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Hey Beth, an email from Southern Living popped up today “Gray hairstyles that will never go out of style” And there you were!
    I thought that was awesome because it’s one of my fav styles w/the longer sideswept bang. Congrats!
    You and Oscar look especially happy today.

    Posted 2.26.21
  12. Katherine wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I usually do not make comments on your blog. I just want you to know I totally enjoy YOU and your blog. I find your thoughts on things to be “spot on.”
    Opening up part of your home was so nice. I too enjoy to cook. I copied your recent recipe on Cauliflower Soup. I so look forward to making it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE soup.
    Your garden will be fabulous when you are done. Looking forward to seeing the end result. My husband is a Master Gardener and I have a big appreciation for landscape design. We have had very large gardens, however over the past 20 years we down sized in a big way. Our lot is small by design.
    Living in Arizona limits you to what you can grow because of the intense heat.
    We do have a lovely Rose Garden, that is my hubby’s pride and joy.
    I think your fur babies Ollie and Oscar are over the top wonderful. We had Romeo and Juliet they were Birman’s (cats). Romeo lived for nineteen years. He was born on my birthday, I miss him more than words could ever describe. I can tell you love your fur kids.
    Sending you a happy and joyful day.
    Katherine in Arizona

    Posted 2.27.21
    • thank you so much for commenting today, katherine! i am always impressed when someone shares they are a Master Gardener!
      what a lifelong skill. heat challenges any garden but then throw in a desert climate and well… but i am jealous
      of your Rose Garden as i am certain it is beautiful beyond words.
      p.s. you will love this soup!

      Posted 2.27.21

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