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Shanghai Jazz

Recently, while planning a fundraising event for work, someone recommended a place to look into called Shanghai Jazz. It didn't end up working out to be a good place for our event, but I was intrigued by it. Way up in Madison, NJ is this jazz club that serves Chinese food? I was definitely curious. Since my companion likes jazz and we both like trying new things I decided to take the long drive up the Turnpike and Parkway to Shanghai Jazz. We went on a Friday night when they have two seatings, one at 6 pm and one at 8 pm. We had a reservation for the 6 pm and luckily were able to make the journey and arrive on time. It's right on Main St in Madison among many other restaurants, shops and businesses. There is some street parking and lots behind the buildings, most lots have signs reserving spaces for particular businesses, the same was true of Shanghai Jazz. Their lot is small and can be tricky to get in and out of, however I think it is possible to find parking in the other lo…
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Prohibition Cocktail Tour

While you may have noticed that the soup report has gone missing, fear not, Skip has still been, cooking, eating and enjoyed food, drinks and fun. Once the weather turns colder, Skip may return to the soup project and see if she can indeed complete the list. In the meantime, why don't we catch up on the fun Skip has been having this summer.

First, let's talk about a little thing called the Prohibition Cocktail Tour. This was a present that Skip gave her companion for Christmas and finally in the summer they booked a date to go. The tour is done in Philadelphia by a company called City Food Tours.  They also offer other food and drink related tours in the city of Philadelphia and after the fun we had on this tour, I would definitely consider going on another one.

So, what exactly happens on a Prohibition Cocktail tour? On a Saturday evening, you meet your tour guide (dressed in 1920's era clothing) at a predetermined location. In this case it was an establishment called, Ti…

Two Weeks of Soup for the Price of One

Did you miss me?? Perhaps you didn't even notice that Skip, missed a week of the soup project, or maybe you were wondering, where's my soup report!? Either way, no worries, I made soups, I just didn't get a chance to share the report with you. So, what does that mean? That means you get to hear about two weeks of soup in this week's report.

You might be saying, "what the heck is this girl Skip talkin' about!?!" Well, I'm glad you asked. For many weeks now, Skip has been soupin' her way through Paleo Grub's 43 Paleo Soups to Warm You Up

So, here's what I've made the past two weeks:

Cozy Celeriac Soup which is from a blog which is new to me, Paleolland (which is a play on words since this blogger is from Holland). If you are not familiar with celeriac it is a root vegetable and is sometimes called celery root. I find it really delicious and quite versatile, as it can be mashed or pureed, or cubed up and
roasted, much like a potato. That …

Soup Project Week 11

11 weeks of soup! That's crazy! I'm working my way down this list. For the past few weeks I've been trying to do 3 soups a week. This week we only got to two.

First up was Creamy Coconut Green Chili Chicken Soup. This soup comes to us from the blog, Delicious Obsessions. This slightly spicy, rich and tasty soup was perfect for breakfast this week.
Given that we had a range of weather, it was nice on cold mornings, foggy mornings and rainy mornings. It wasn't an amazing soup or one that got awesome reviews from my companion, but it was tasty. I think actually it might have been better without the coconut milk, that's probably worth a try. One of the things I've learned during this #soupproject is that soups were you just dump stuff in a pot and let it simmer are great.This was one of those soups. There are definitely some soups from this list that will remain in a regular rotation, but I also am inspired to create my own dump and simmer soups. I hope that this …

Believe or Not, It's More Soup

Skip is still moving along the soup list.

As I mentioned in last week's post, we hit some road blocks this week on the list, but they couldn't stop Skip! I moved right through with some minor adjustments.

First up, Chicken Bacon Crockpot Chowder from the blog Peace, Love and Low Carb. This recipe did pose a challenge for us. It calls for heavy cream and cream cheese. Right now, Skip is not doing dairy and her companion has an extreme dislike for cream cheese. The first thought was, well we don't have to do this recipe, let's just move on to the next. But then I thought, I can do this and just make some swaps. So, instead of heavy cream and cream cheese, I just used one can of full fat coconut milk.

The result? Delish. The coconut milk still provided the creaminess and texture to make this taste like a chowder. And let's face it, anything with bacon is amazing. This recipe was super easy because it's a crockpot recipe, so basically once you've assembled it, …

Souptastic!

Now that the warmer weather is starting to show up, I'm beginning to question my decision to attempt to tackle this soup list. I also seem to have hit a couple bumps at the half way point in the list.

The first started with the soups for this week, but I've also encountered some problems in preparing for next week's soups, but we'll get to that next week. This week, I had set out to do three soups, but one soup posed a problem. I could not find purple potatoes. Therefore, I am choosing to omit Purple Sweet Potato Soup from Balancing Paleo. Should I locate purple potatoes, I will consider finding the recipe and making the soup. In the meantime, it's on to our other two soups this week.

First up, for our breakfast soup this week, I went with Sausage, Zucchini and Spinach soup courtesy of the blog, The Texas Peach. This soup was chock full of veggies, zucchini, spinach, tomato, red onion, celery. They all make for a delicious combination with the sausage.
But the rea…

Soup for you

Well in this journey of 43 Paleo Soups, we've finally found a soup that not only did Skip's companion not like, but he actually refused to eat. That is definitely a first here at HOS, there are not many things that Skip's companion refuses to eat. The offender? Carrots.

This week Skip made 3 soups. Two of them feature carrots. The soup that was rejected was Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup from the website, Happy Healthnut. For the record, Skip really enjoyed this soup. It made a lot, so it was a shame that she had to eat the whole pot herself due to her companions protest. The recipe starts out with roasting carrots, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic in the oven.
This smelled so good because they were covered in coconut oil while they were roasting, yum. Once they were done roasting, Skip got her immersion blender out and smoothed the whole thing out. I am just realizing now as I re-read this recipe that maple syrup is listed in the ingredients, but it is never mentioned in …