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Simple Vegetable Soup [Recipe + Photos]

This is a pretty simple root vegetable soup recipe.  My partner is feeling a bit under the weather, so I put together a simple soup.  We already had some turkey stock in the freezer which I used.  However, you could easily make a stock using bouillon or make a miso based soup.  We really like this brand “Better Than Bouillon” – but really anything from the store will do.

So, for today’s soup – part of it is just to see what vegetables you have laying around!  I found a carrot, parsnip, small potato, onion, and later added a zucchini at her request.

Start by washing & chopping vegetables.

The potato needs the most time in the pot to be tender.  The zucchini needs the least amount of time.  You can really add the garlic whenever you want.  If you add it sooner, everything gets a nice garlic taste.  If you add it later the garlic taste is much power powerful.  Because my partner is a bit under the weather, I wanted to make sure there was plenty of garlic, but that it wasn’t too potent.

Chopped onions:

Garlic right before it was cleaned, sliced and put in the pot.  We opted for sliced over mashed – just personal preference – both are great.  As you can tell, we really like a lot of garlic.

I ended up letting the onions & garlic cook for a bit (with some olive oil) before I added the potato.  But, here’s a photo of all of them in the pot.  You’ll notice the larger garlic slices.

While they were cooking, I cut up the carrot & parsnip.

Put all of that in the pot & let it cook while I cut the zucchini.

Then I added the stock – our stock was still partially frozen.  The photo I got of it just looks ugly – but here it is.

Bring it all up to a simmer – then test to see if the various vegetables are cooked.  Our broth was already well seasoned, so I didn’t add any salt/pepper…etc – but you could/should.

After I thought it was done, my partner ended up adding beet greens, fresh basil, dried thyme, and wax beans.  I love the color that the beet greens add.  So, here’s a photo of that:

That’s it! A simple vegetable soup.


Lantern Festival at the MO Botanical Gardens

A bit ago I posted a bunch of flowers from our visit to the MO Botanical Gardens in St Louis.  However, the main reason we went was for the Lantern Festival in the evening.

Below are some of the photos I took.  Enjoy!

All shots taken with a Canon t1i and a variety of lenses.

Flowers from the Missouri Botanical Gardens (June 10)

Went to the Botanical Gardens over the weekend to see the Lantern Festival (those photos will come later).  Took some good flower photos throughout the day.  Enjoy!  Each shot taken with a variety of lenses – mostly Canon 100mm IS 2.8 — on the Canon t1i – using a tripod.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet (photo + recipe)

Last summer my partner purchased a Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Attachment which we used last summer many times to create sorbet.  This summer, we are going to publish several of the recipes we’ve been using.  Most of the recipes we found in the Kitchen Aid book, which came with the Ice Cream Attachment.  However, the Strawberry Rhubarb recipe came from an LA Times blog post.

The recipe they posted:

Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time

Servings: Makes 1 1/2 quarts

Note: Adapted from David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop.” If your rhubarb stalks are more than an inch wide, slice them in half lengthwise.

3/4 pound rhubarb (5 or 6 thin stalks), trimmed

3/4 cup sugar

10 ounces fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Cut the rhubarb into half-inch pieces. In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, bring the rhubarb, two-thirds cup water and the sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rhubarb is tender and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

2. Slice the strawberries and purée them in a blender or food processor with the cooked rhubarb mixture and lemon juice until smooth.

3. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Credit:Recipe from,0,3067664.story

For the two photographs, first is the shot of the sorbet itself.

This shot was taken with a Canon t1i, 50mm 1.4f lens, and a Canon 580 EXii speedlite.  The shot was edited in Lightroom 3.0.  The shot was taken at ISO 200, f2.2, at 1/200th of a second.  The flash has a Gary Fong Collapsable Lightsphere diffuser on it. I was also using a reflector and direct overhead light.

This photo shows the setup:


I should just mention that the sorbet is wonderful & was clearly starting to melt as I took both shots (it’s warm outside, which makes the sorbet that much better).


If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve seen the post on the “No Knead Bread” before. 

Today, I found myself reading the blog for a band I really enjoy.  I found another version of the No Knead Bread!

So, I experimented a bit… Today’s recipe included dried cranberries, raisins, flax seed, chia seed, whole wheat bread flour, King Arthur all purpose flour, 1.75 tablespoons of yeast, and sesame seeds.  

Then, for you #togchat / Photographers…. I shot the bread using an off camera strobe using my Canon t1i, the 50mm f1.4 lens shot at 400 ISO, f5.6, 50mm at 1/60th of a second.


Better photos of the supermoon



For those of you who are following these types of things… This weekend there are two astronomical events.

The first is that the Moon is closer & thus brighter than usual.  Some are calling it a “Supermoon.”

The second is the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

Regardless, I went out tonight to shoot the moon here in Carbondale, IL.  There is plenty of light pollution here, but I was still able to manage a pretty great shot!  


Canon t1i, Canon 70-200 IS L 2.8 lens with the Canon 2x extender, shot at ISO 100, 400mm, f 16, 1/100th of a second.

Teapot & a Pitcher Photography

Learning how to use a dual flash setup.  Really just learning how to use a flash in general!  I had fun with the pitcher doing some light painting.

The pitcher is a 1L pitcher that we bought along the way.  The teapot is one that was made for my partner as a Graduation Gift when she finished her Masters Degree.  Handmade by a woman in Massachusetts.

All shots with a Canon t1i, Canon 50mm 1.4f lens, and dual flashes using pocket wizards as wireless triggers.





I’d be interested in some feedback – how might you edit these photos or have shot them differently?

Panther’s Den Hike

No April Fools here- A beautiful hike in Southern Illinois called “Panter’s Den.”  This hike is located very close to the “Blue Sky” winery in Makanda, IL. 

Here are some photos I took along the hike.


Freshly Baked Bread!

We made bread tonight.  A simple recipe from Tassajara Bread Book. House smells fantastic! Had to grab the camera & flash to see what types of photos I could take! (nothing spectacular…)

All shot with a Canon T1i, 50mm 1.4 lens, tripod, & flash in a Lastolite softbox.
Shots varied from f2.5-f4.5.


Overall, I’m not thrilled with the outcome of the photos.  The bread, however, is fantastic!