Thanks so much for your supportive comments yesterday about this little directional change in my life. It's been in the works for many weeks now, and I've almost forgotten how sudden it must seem! But believe you me, after six separate job interviews, sudden is not exactly how I'm thinking about things. I've already got some really cute projects for the classroom in mind, and I'll be sure to share them as they are completed (smocks, anyone?!)
this recipe while searching Soulemama's archives a couple of weeks ago, and we've had it several times already. John-Harper, our resident Mikey (do you remember Mikey? Seriously, who WOULDN'T eat Life Cereal?!) has on occassion asked for third helpings, and this is a rawther big deal. I left off the mint pistou, and rather than puree ours, I used the whisk attachement for our mixer to soup things up, for the simple reason that I burned up my blender making green smoothies, and a certain husband of mine broke my beloved food processor a few weeks ago, so I'm without pureeing capability right now. He's promised me a new one for my birthday, and when it arrives he shall be forgiven. The chunkiness seems to work really well for our kids-- chunky soup is easier to keep on your spoon when you are only 17 months old. I also shucked an ear of corn directly into the pot with the other veggies, and it added some wonderful "pop" to everything.
PS-- don't skimp the butter. You really do need 6T and you really do have to use real butter. Console yourself by remembering that this makes A LOT of soup, so the fat is pretty diluted in each serving.