Delicious Soup Recipe!

With the recent snow and dip down into freezing temperatures, I decided to whip up a big batch of soup. What kind, you ask? Well, this is one of my original recipes for a hearty soup and it appears in Grudges, Goldenrods, and Ghosts, the third book in my Petal Pushers Cozy Mystery Series. It’s a family favorite, easy to make, and uses a potato in a different way to give this soup a creamy texture.  Enjoy!

Betsy's Soup

Betsy’s Hearty Soup

1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 cups spinach or your favorite greens, coarsely chopped
4 TBSP butter or margarine
1 large potato, whole and unpeeled
2 cups cooked pinto beans, drained
4 cups vegetable stock
3 cups water
1 can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup corn, fresh off the cob or frozen
1 TBSP dried thyme
1 TBSP dried oregano
2 or 3 dashes of ground red pepper, to taste
1 to 1-1/2 TBSP salt, to taste
Pepper to taste
Green onions, for garnish

Directions: Melt the butter or margarine over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven. Add onion and carrot, then cook until the onions are transparent. Add the spinach and garlic, cook about a minute or so to start wilting the greens, then add the vegetable stock, water, pumpkin, whole potato, beans, corn, the spices, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Cook until the potato is done, about half an hour or so, and then take it out of the pan. When the potato cools just enough to handle, peel it and mash the potato good with a fork, and then add it back to the soup for a nice creamy texture. Taste it and add more salt and pepper if needed.

Pour the soup into serving bowls, sprinkle with chopped green onion, and serve with toasted chunks of bread.


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Book Launch for Grudges, Goldenrods, and Ghosts

Grudges, Goldenrods, and Ghosts is out today! Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate launching the 3rd book in my Petal Pushers Mystery Series. Available for Kindle and in Print.

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Darci Shelton finds an old cookie tin buried in the cellar under her flower shop and can’t stop wondering why it was hidden there in the first place. More questions arise when she goes through the contents.

What possible significance could some faded pictures and a straggling key hold? Between her floral business and a campaign party at Clydell Manor, Darci already has more than enough to worry about before weird things start happening at the shop. The key keeps vanishing, she’s nearly strangled by her own necklace, and the computer crashes after a mysterious message appears on the screen. Miss Addie might act up on occasion, but the resident ghost’s antics are never malicious. With Halloween coming up, she figures someone might be playing an elaborate prank, and hopes the crooks responsible for a string of local burglaries don’t have their sights set on Petal Pushers.

Just when it looks like her questions are doomed to go unanswered, Darci discovers a secret that somebody intends to keep hidden . . . by any means necessary.