What’s Cara Cooking? Soup!

What’s Cara Cooking? Soup!

The cool weather is making me crave warming soups filled with beans and vegetables.I started off with the idea of making beans with greens- more like a stew to ladle over polenta, but like most of my food: the contents of the fridge dictate the dish.

Into the Dutch oven went onions, carrots and garlic sautéed in olive oil. How much? Some. As in, an unmeasured amount based on the food at hand: A very large onion because that’s how big it was. 3 carrots because that was how many were in the bag. 7 tiny cloves of garlic because that was what was left on the head. Then a cup of dried cannellini beans and a Parmesan rind for yummy umami (keep saying that: yummy umami. Mmmmmm). I added a large sprig of sage from my garden. So far, this is all according to plan. But then, I ran into several of the last sad yellow tomatoes from our garden, which really needed cooking. For the life of me, I cant’ figure out why hardly any ripened when the weather was hot. Now, I have dozens in a weird greenish state. Must Google green tomato storage.

I found a lone container of pumpkin in my freezer that I had prepared last year- so in that went, adding golden sweetness to the soup. I love how pumpkin and squash lend a sweet note to soups and also give it a silky mouth feel. I also like how that offsets the flavor of sharp greens. I added half a spicy pepper that was asking for attention and salt and pepper. The final step was folding in a giant bunch of beet greens into the soup. Normally- this is a difficult green to cook with, as it infects everything you cook with a reddish hue. Since my soup was already an orangey color, this worked in my favor. Not so much the putrid looking beet green pesto we tried this summer, but oh well.

Serve it with a baguette or for you gluten-free folks, make some cornbread. Enjoy!

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Cara Frank is an outstanding practitioner. She treated me for fertility issues and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would not have my child were it not for her expertise and dedication.

She arranged for a practitioner from another group to meet me in the suburbs, so that I could get acupuncture immediately before and after my embryo transfer, since it was scheduled when she was seeing patients in the city. When our embryo wasn’t growing well, my fertility doc said the pregnancy was “unlikely to be successful”, and there was nothing else that Western Medicine had to offer, Cara’s acupuncture and herbs literally saved his life. I know it sounds crazy but, as a physician and fertility patient, I was far too familiar with how these situations usually end up.

Along the way, she has also treated my migraines, diagnosed my hypothyroidism, and kept my blood pressure in a safe range. Her emphasis on the important connection of diet and healthy, as well as her knowledge of food, are exceptional and significantly contribute to the unique and unparalleled experience of being in her care.

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