Sunday, March 24, 2019

Potato Asparagus Soup #recipe + #book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:


I went to my go-to soup recipe book by Williams-Sonoma. I wanted to make asparagus soup. I bought the ingredients.

Or so I thought...

I did not buy enough asparagus.  They wanted 3 pounds for a full recipe. I was going to make a half recipe from the start, but I only bought 1/2 pound.  Oops.

So here’s what I made,  using most of the ingredients and adding potatoes, and then tweaking to my pleasure.

I love soup. I truly enjoy that I can fiddle with it to make it mine. This is my “half” recipe and it made enough for 4 nice-sized bowls.  By the way, I removed some soup before adding the cream so it was just veggies and potato. YUM.  Try it both ways, if you dare.


1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine
1 stalk celery, with leaves, chopped
8 ounces asparagus, chopped, (reserve 2-6 tips)
1 very large brown potato, peeled and chopped into 1” cubes
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups stock *
1 teaspoon basil, dried
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup cream

(In the WS book, they make from scratch; I use gluten-free stock. Also if you buy low sodium stock, you might want to add extra salt.)

Fix all the veggies first.  Chop the onions, celery, asparagus, potato.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onion and celery and sauté until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, all the asparagus stalks and most of the tips, the potatoes and basil.  Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Skim away froth if it arises. None did for mine probably because I used premade stock.

Reduce the heat and cover, and simmer gently for about 25 to 30 minutes.

In small batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor.  Each time I finished my batch, I returned to the saucepan. When it’s all pureed, heat over low and stir in the cream and season to taste with salt and white pepper. 

Meanwhile, quickly steam the asparagus tips, for decoration, about 3-4 minutes.

Spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with asparagus tips. Enjoy.


To celebrate the upcoming release of 

I'm doing a special Sunday giveaway - winner's choice of any of my cozy mysteries.

Leave a comment to enter. Do you love cozy mysteries? What's one of your favorites?
Remember to include you're email should you win so I can contact you.

The latest Cookbook Nook Mystery (#8), available for pre-order. Comes out April 23.

What's it about?

Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!

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  1. I love cozies. One author I’ve read most of her books is Kathi Daley and another Tonya Kappes. Both were my first cozy read authors from a Facebook party I happened to see on my feed. So I’m new to reading them. About 2-3 years now. I look forward to reading these.

  2. Wreath between the lines! Thank you for the opportunity to win!! Have a great Sunday!

  3. My favorites are any of the Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen cozies. Love those 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I so love cozy mysteries, I grew up on Agatha Christie and evolved to many of the newer authors of course. I especially love the cozies that include animal and/or culinary themes.

  5. I prefer cozies. They are easier to read and I enjoy the characters that appear in each copy. My book club has been reading authors such as James Patterson, Harlan Coben and Michael Crichton. I have not enjoyed these authors....too dark and too intense. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

    1. Dianne, I read across genres and have read those authors. I find I like to sprinkle them in with my other reading. ~ Daryl

  6. I love that cookbook -- actually, all Wms-Sonoma cookbooks. We just made the beef stroganoff last night!

  7. Your recipe sounds tasty. I do love cozies but, I don't have favorites. I tend to enjoy most books I read.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. Linda, good for you to be open-minded. Reading is fun! ~ Daryl

  8. I love anything by Joanne Fluke!...and also adored Sifting through Clues, since I was lucky enough to snag an ARC �� My email is (and now I really want some asparagus soup. I'm quite the soup junkie)

    1. Amanda, so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for telling me. ! Daryl

  9. I love so many cozies! One of my favorites is the Zoe Chambers series by Annette Dashofy.

  10. Taylor R. WilliamsMarch 24, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    The soup sounds great - and I love your books ! also love both by Leslie Budewitz - thanks for the contest - tr Williams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

    1. Taylor, so glad you're reading Leslie's books. Love them. ~ Daryl

  11. The soup looks really yummy. I do love cozies. One of my favorite cozy series is Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mysteries.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. Jana, I love Sofie Kelly's series. So much fun. ~ Daryl

  12. The soup sounds great! Love the giveaway too.

  13. Of course I enjoy cozies! And mysteries that aren't! Your soup looks good and I happen to have one big potato and some asparagus that someone, not me, bought and forgot.

    1. Pat, I love mysteries that aren't cozies, too. I read across the spectrum. ~ Daryl

  14. Wow I have so many favorites I could never chose just one.Right now I am reading books by Amanda Lee that are great. But I've yet to read any cozies that aren't great. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Vicki, I know what you mean. Hard to pick just one. :) ~Daryl

    2. Vicki, congrats. You won this giveaway. I've sent you an email. ~ Daryl

  15. Thank you for the chance.Would Love to win.

  16. That sounds like a great winter to spring transitional soup.

    A neat trick with asparagus and soup is you can use the tough stem parts you'd usually toss. Cook them in the broth until nice and soft, then strain them out. An extra level of flavor.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Libby, absolutely. Asparagus stems can be difficult but great in soup. ~ Daryl