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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 …

Still Soupin'

Welcome to Week 7 of the House of Skip #SoupProject

If you haven't been following along (why not?!!) Skip is cooking her way through a list of 43 Paleo Soups from the folks at Paleo Grubs.

This week was the first week that Skip made not 2, but 3 soups! Woo-hoo!

I was prepared to be underwhelmed again this week, maybe it was just a result of having made so many soups (15 total soups to date) already. However, I was pleasantly surprised that 2 of the 3 were real winners and one wasn't really our taste.

We'll start with our least favorite, soup #13, Lemon-Garlic Soup from Seasonal and Savory. I don't want to say this is a bad soup, but the may be an acquired taste. I like garlic and lemon, I think they are great together, but a soup that is basically just those two things is a little overpowering. And that garlic taste really stays with you. This soup was also a little challenging to make because of the addition of eggs, I scrambled mine a little while adding it to the ho…

This week in Soup

The journey through the list continues. We hope you are enjoying the House of Skip Soup Project. We certainly are eating lots of soup and will be for quite a while. Which is why next week you'll see me make and review 3 soups! But this week we've got two.

Up first, Paleo Gizzard Soup, which was skipped last week due to the inability to obtain our main ingredient, gizzards. It comes to us from a little blog called, Paleo Porn. I was "lucky" enough to be able to find the gizzards through our friends at Local Abundance. I was somewhat apprehensive about working with gizzards because I had never done it before. They were definitely interesting looking. I chopped them up a little even though the recipe didn't call for that. Of course sauteing them in bacon fat smelled amazing. As I was
chopping and adding them to the pot, I thought, "how come some of them look different?" Then I realized I had gizzards and livers, but I just added them all to the pot anyway…

Soup Project- Week 5

Skip is continuing her journey through Paleo Grub's43 Paleo Soups list. I have to say, this week I found myself not that excited about the soup. Perhaps I'm getting tired of soup, or perhaps these soups just didn't excite me. Maybe the fact that I didn't need my immersion blender was a factor. Either way, I know I am not giving up!

Due to difficulty procuring an ingredient I had to do a switch-a-roo with the soups this week. So, instead of doing soups 9 and 10, I did soups 9 and 11. What ingredient caused this problem? You guessed it, chicken gizzards! That means you have to wait one more week to hear about how I make out cooking the innards of a chicken.

The soups I have to present to you this week are..... (drum roll)....

Smoky Root Soup which comes to us from The Nourished Caveman and the #11 soup Meatball Noodle Soup which is from the blog Health Starts in the Kitchen.

I had a busy week scheduled, so on Sunday I made both of my soups so they'd be ready to go…

Soup, there it is

Welcome to week 4 of the Soup Project. As a reminder, the full list of soups compiled by Paleo Grubs, can be found here. Week 4 brings us soups 7 and 8 on the list, Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup from Conscious Eatery and Gobi Masala Soup from Worthy Pause. These were two paleo blog/recipe sites that were new to me and I enjoyed learning more about them and will certainly try some more of their recipes in the future.

Let's get to the soup business. Starting with Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup. I've got to start out by saying, what a great soup. Really tasty, very filling and just leaves you with a warm feeling. If you love a classic bolognese sauce, this soup is for you. I was worried about my companion's reaction to this soup, as he is not usually a fan of Italian sausage (surprising I know!). When he saw that I had bought it, right away, he started with the "I don't like that" and then I reminded him that this whole soup project was partially his do…

And... it's Soup!

Week 3 of the Soup Project here at House of Skip and we are going strong! Two hearty veggie soups this week, that were not too difficult to make.

In case you missed the last two weeks, Skip has taken on a challenge of cooking through a list of at 43 Paleo Soups to Warm You Up compiled by Paleo Grubs. Why? Because instead of just making a few, Skip thought won't it be fun if we make all the soups! In order! Check in with me in a few weeks and ask if I still think this is fun.

First up this week was Pumpkin & Bacon Soup from the blog Things My Belly Likes. I was pretty excited about this soup, because I love pumpkin and bacon! I had to make a slight change due to not being able to find a fresh pumpkin, so that made the recipe easier by cutting down on some steps.

I used canned pumpkin, but instead of cans, I actually found some in a cardboard container!

The most fun part was crisping up that beautiful bacon. After cooking the bacon, you then saute the veggies in the bacon fat (…