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Soups & Stews for This April Weather {Sopas y Potajes Adequado Para el Tiempo}

Gazpacho

I’ve been in D.C. for four weeks now and have seen every variety of weather and temperature. From lovely and breathtaking blue days with perfect sunshine, not breaking 70 degrees, to rainy mornings dipping as low as 42. The  blooming flowers don’t know what to do. In fact, my mother’s rose garden has yet to show signs of wanting to beautify the front yard. As such, the frequent swings in temperature make it difficult to stick to one menu design, or plan a themed seasonal dinner. One day you’re good with summer-perfect food (insert burgers, grilled steaks, cold salads, etc…) and the next your body is craving hearty, soul-warming dishes. 

April normally brings more rain than my wardrobe can handle. On the flip side, this month offers me a consistent schedule to cook more at home. Since I’m usually cooking for others, it’s nice to have some time to enjoy cooking food that make staying in far sexier than getting all dolled up for a night out. Jazzy music, dim lights,  aromatic candles, fashion and travel magazines lined up for catching up, leopard print jammies and fuzzy slippers. Yes! Sometimes that scenario is more appealing than any cocktail dress and pearl combo. Those days and nights when the temperature flip flops– gets really hot or cold– and I get to enjoy that vibe of the latter description, mean I quickly conjure up a soup or stew. A stock-based plate is not only easy, uncomplicated and filling, it’s soothing and has feel-good qualities.

They’re versatile, diverse and unbound to seasons. Totally appropriate for any climate change!

Here are are few of my favorite options from my collection of sopitas. En mi casa, these are reserved  for those very days when I have time to let great ingredients simmer until I’ve achieved an enviable bowl.

The gazpacho above is chilled, naturally, but so wonderful for warmer days. Any extra heat emitted from the stove is the last thing you need which makes this blender soup a winner. It’s not the most authentic recipe but has the right touch of spice and uniqueness. Of course, you can opt out of the cheese  if you’re a traditionalist. I first featured it in my Latina.com column

THREE BEAN TRUFFLE CHILI

Then there’s this impeccable chili. I won’t lie. This right here is too good not to make, friends. Really. The infusion of sage, black truffle oil and the softer taste of turkey makes it an easy option. You’ll want this recipe for cooler days and all of fall. The recipe was featured in my Dean & DeLuca column, exactly one year ago for National Bean Day! So, yeah, go ahead and tinker with it. Just don’t leave the sage out! 

MAMI’S CHICKEN SOUP

This is probably my mom’s best soup, hands down. More than any ingredient, it’s full of super love. Why? Well, she only makes this when one of us is sick and can only take in liquid food. That equates to a huge dose of amor that only a mother can give. No one ever said chicken soup was not good for the soul. This truly satisfies every possible need and cures every mental ailment. My favorite part: the calabaza, or butternut squash. So genius! 

WHITE ASPARAGUS SHRIMP SOUP

This soup option is for the more daring. I grew up eating a lot of canned asparagus soup. Ick, right? But at 6, I loved the smell of it and Mami’s modification always included some fresh chicken stock which depleted the canned taste. Culinary growth and knowledge only results in refinement and sophistication. When I made this white asparagus soup with ginger and grilled shrimp, I only regretted not making it with a  protein I actually eat. Fortunately, I had a big bowl before plating and serving it up with the camarones. This is one is also chilled but can definitely be eaten warm. 

Don’t let the wishy washy weather and indecisive climate keep you from committing to cooking up great food. There’s always something to compliment the temperature, wether hot or cold. And soup is just the way to go! 

* ALL RECIPES ARE ATTAINABLE VIA THE LINKS IN THE TEXT! ENJOY!

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0 thoughts on “Soups & Stews for This April Weather {Sopas y Potajes Adequado Para el Tiempo}

  1. It all looks delicious! I think my favorite would be the chicken soup with the calabazas growing up my grandma would make caldo de pollo with cabbage, potato and squash! She would serve it over mexican rice and the combination was just the best! It was my favorite!

  2. I’m not a big soup gal but your images and description make me want to have a giant heap of sancocho right now. Great piece, per usual!

  3. I’m a soup girl. In fact I’ve been trying to convince my man to make me soup while I’m at work all day ( he has the week off). I provided him with links on my blog, but now I will share these soup recipes with him as well. 🙂

  4. Rosa: Oh, I know you can whip up some lovely soups over there. I can’t wait to break bread one day!

    Ruby DW: yes, yes, yes! That’s my favorite one, too! 🙂 Mami always knows best.

    Sujeiry: What! No sopa for you?

    Vianney: Yes, I agree.

    Comiendo en LA: Thanks, amiga.

    Presley’s Pantry: What, you neither! Wow. What’s that about?? 🙂

    Eva: Girl, you would <3 <3 that asparagus one. Just about perfect.

    Ben: Gracias, amigo!

  5. Hace tres semanas que llueve aqui en paris, y hace bastante frio…Comeria todas estas sopas/potajes…pero la de calabaza con el “choclo” (argentino por “maiz”) me llego al corazon!
    Gracias!

  6. CJ: Why, of course. Love ones never, ever fail, right! Wishing I had some this week to fight off this nasty cold.

    Cristina: Claro que si! Y, que pena que el tiempo no esta súper bonito. Lo bueno es que sopa puede ser el perfecto remedio para the gloom! 🙂

    Joan Nova: Thanks!

    Juliana: I know, right. Now that it’s consistently hot, I’m thinking the gazpacho is so ideal.

    5 Star Foodie: It was just about perfect while I was there but the two days it did rain, guess what I enjoyed!

  7. Oh, yeah, the chili or soup would have been perfect last Monday night. I was in Arlington for a day in the gray. Filing away the chili for when our sage grows a bit bigger… And if these turkey eggs hatch. 😉

  8. Nami: oh hey! Thanks for stopping by. Loved ur blog. Glad you liked the post. See you soon.

    Jason: As in Arlington, VA?? And yes, share with me when that sage of your grows to perfection. I wish I could grow some. It’s one of my have herbs.

    Viviana: Yes, you know that move is going to be insanely amazing. I can see it now!

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