Friday, May 15, 2020

Who says I can't cook?


Sophie Dubois from the Soup Lovers' Mysteries by Connie Archer


I know my husband Sage is an incredible chef.  You know that too if you’ve ever eaten at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop.  So, naturally, I can kind of kick back and let him do all the work in the kitchen.  But don’t think that means I’m hopeless when it comes to cooking.  So I thought I’d share my latest discovery with you.  It turned out much better than I expected, and even Sage was impressed!  

Since we’re all staying at home right now, I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of soup recipes.  This one is super easy.  If you’d like to try my Cauliflower Soup on your own, here’s how:



The ingredients are:
1 cauliflower
1 medium onion
¼ cup of uncooked rice
Chicken broth (1 or 2 cubes of dry bouillon, if you like)
1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese.

Cut the cauliflower into small pieces, chop the onion, and place both in a large pot and cover with water.  Add the chicken broth and uncooked rice and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.  Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes more. 

Remove the pot from heat, letting the ingredients cool.  There should be just the right amount of water in the pot.  If there's too much, spoon a little out and save it to the side in case it's too thick.  With an immersion wand, blend all the ingredients until you have a very smooth consistency.  Reheat the soup, spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese on top. 
I really hope you like my quick and easy soup recipe.  May it warm your heart and your tummy!


If you’d like to read some of Sage’s recipes, you can find them in all the Soup Lovers’ Mysteries.  And you can learn more about my author, Connie Archer, at her website, at Facebook and Twitter @SnowflakeVT.   
And don’t forget, this is Killer Characters’ spring giveaway, so leave a comment and enter to win one of the Soup Lovers’ Mysteries or one of the ZodiacMysteries, written by our author’s alter ego, Connie di Marco.  





94 comments:

  1. That recipe looks easy enough that even I could make it! Thanks for sharing. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Hi Marla ~ Thanks for visiting today! This recipe is very easy and simple, not to mention yummy, like mashed potatoes! Good luck!

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  2. The recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Jess ~ It really is a good recipe, especially with a little melted cheese on top! Happy reading!

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  3. The recipe does sound yummy, I guess I should buy an immersion wand.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby ~ that wand was the best thing I ever bought. Before that, I used to scoop things into a blender, but that was so much work!
      Hope you enjoy this recipe and good luck!

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  4. I LOVE this series. I would love to add the one paperback I don't have to the rest.
    kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

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    1. So nice to see you here, Kim! Thank you and good luck! Which book are you missing?

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  5. This recipe looks great. I’m going to giving it a try this weekend.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. You know the funny thing is, I've never particularly loved cauliflower. I mean, it's an okay vegetable but not one I'm crazy about. I think that's how the soup happened. I started at that big white thing in the refrigerator and thought, 'What can I do with this?' Really hope you like this soup and best of luck!

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  6. A healthy and appetizing soup. Thanks for this recipe and the lovely book feature. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's so yummy and thick and creamy. Everybody in the family loves this soup! Hope you like it too! Best of luck!

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  7. The recipe would be a family favorite. Love this series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you and thanks for visiting today! So glad to hear you love everyone in Snowflake! And I know you'll enjoy this soup! Good luck to you!

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  8. Thanks for a chance. Nice book cover

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    1. Hi Lynn ~ you're welcome! I love my covers for these books too. The artist did a great job! Best of luck and send your email if you have a chance. Happy reading!

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  9. I love making soup and am now spoiled by a recipe called 8-Can Bean Soup - you use 5 cans of your favorite beans (I use navy beans, pinto beans, butter beans, black beans with jalapeƱo, and baked beans), a can of hominy, a can of Rotel and a can of fire-roasted tomatoes. Just dump them all into a soup pot, stir together and bring to a boil, then let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve with grated cheddar cheese on top. Easy and delicious ~ bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net ~

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    1. Oh, that sounds great, Celia! I'll have to try that. Thank you and best of luck!

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  10. The quarantine has been the perfect time for me to rediscover soups. This series is new to me, a win would help get me started. Egoehner(at)roadrunner(dot)com

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  11. Hi Emily, I agree, it is the perfect time. Besides, everyone's anxious and making soup is so comforting, isn't it? Happy cooking and happy reading!

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  12. This series is new to me.........I love Lemon Rice soup on a cold winters day! :)
    Debbie M Main3 (at) att (dot) net

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    1. Oh, that sounds good! Lemon rice soup? I'll have to try that, Good luck today, Debbie! Hope you'll get to enjoy the Soup Lovers' Mysteries soon!

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  13. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rita, you're very welcome! Good luck and happy reading!

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  14. This is a great series and I love the soup recipes. I'd love to win A Broth of Betrayal or a Spoonful of Murder. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Hi Dianne ~ so sorry you don't have these! I enjoyed writing these books so much! Best of luck and I hope you'll be reading these soon!

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  15. Sounds delicious! teabird17 &&at&& yahoo dot com

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    1. This cauliflower soup has turned out to be one of my go-to favorites! Good luck today!

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  16. Taylor R WilliamsMay 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    I love soups - thanks for the chance to win a book - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Taylor ~ I love soups too! (As you can tell.) Best of luck today!

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  17. That looks good - I love soup and it is still chilly here in the pacific Northwest. Thanks so much for the chance to win one of your books! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Autumn ~ thanks for visiting today! Nothing's better than soup on a chilly day! Good luck!

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  18. Looks delicious. I think we will try it. My husband loves homemade soup with some fresh baked bread and a nice bottle of wine. Butlerrich (at) Comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi Brenda ~ this really turned out to be a good soup. I make it whenever I can, and yes, it's best with some wonderful bread and wine! What could be better? Best of luck today!

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  19. Would love to read one of these books.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Joye ~ I hope you'll get to enjoy the Soup Lovers' Mysteries soon! Best of luck!

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  20. Looks good. I've had broccoli soup like that, will try the cauliflower next time.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I love broccoli soup too! But I think you'll like this one even better, Alicia! Good luck!

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  22. Hi I have had broccoli soup like that and it was so good. thank you for giving away a print book . I am not a fan of cauliflower but my hubby is and he has bought a few and even grew them but somehow they always rot in our refrig.! He is the main cook but i plan the meals as I am battling a disease and fingers are badly crippled so can't cook like when my kids were little. peggy clayton ptclayton at aol.com

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    1. Oh, sorry to hear that, Peggy. I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with cauliflower, that's why I tried the soup, and it turned out so much better than I thought it would. Hope you have a chance to try it. (BTW, I've never been a big fan of cauliflower, but I really like this soup!)

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  23. This soup sounds yummy & easy. Perfect for me.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jana ~ so glad you could stop by today! It is really super easy and delicious. Give it a try! And best of luck!

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  24. This is such a easy recipe, thanks for posting! This would be good with either cauliflower or broccoli. tWarner419@aol.com

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    1. Yes, it would. A few people mentioned broccoli soup too. The recipe is pretty much the same. What I like about this soup is it's very creamy and yummy with the cheese. Happy reading!

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    1. Happy cooking and reading, Patti! Best of luck!

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  26. That recipe sounds amazing and easy. I'm going to try it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Dianne ~ it really is so easy! Hope you enjoy it and best of luck!

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  27. We eat soups year round, so this one will be tried soon
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Me too! I could totally live on soups! Happy reading and cooking, Gloria!

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  28. Ah, soothing soup. Balm to the soul.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I agree, Libby! Great to see you here! Best of luck!

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  29. Sharon GuagliardoMay 15, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Your recipe sounds yummy and I love to try out new recipes and I love cauliflower, so this is a win win for me. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Then you'll love this soup, Sharon! I've never been a big fan of cauliflower, it's okay, but I love this soup! Good luck!

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  30. I have never made cauliflower soup before, but I definitely will now. It looks delicious!
    Mindy_1978_rene(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Melinda ~ Sophie will be so happy you've tried her recipe! Enjoy!

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  31. That soup looks really good! I'll have to look for cauliflower the next time I get to the store.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. The thicker the better, Elaine. It's very creamy and yummy with the cheese. I'm so happy I have something interesting I can do with a whole cauliflower! Best of luck!

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  32. Wow the soup looks delicious and I never had it. I like cauliflower bet this is amazing.

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  33. The book looks great—I love soup! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Kara ~ I hope you get to enjoy both!

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  34. Love soup - thanks for the recipe!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  35. Love cozy mysteries with recipes - Your series sounds great! Thanks for the cauliflower soup recipe here, too. Phyllis(at)evanspr(dot)net

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    1. Hi Phyllis ~ yes, lots of soup recipes and others in these mysteries! Best of luck!

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  36. Love recipes along with a mystery! Jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. I hope you'll get to meet everyone at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop! And enjoy the recipes too!

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  37. I can cook, but for me it's just a necessary chore.

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    1. Hi Mary ~ I hear you, but at least this recipe is a really easy one! Best of luck!

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  38. I had not discovered the Soup Lovers' Mysteries! Can't wait to start reading them....and trying some new recipes!! cbrusegar(at)aol (dot)(com)

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    1. Hi Carol ~ I hope you love the stories and the characters! Best of luck!

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  39. Thank you for sharing your soup recipe. It sounds good and easy to make. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi Eileen ~ thanks for visiting today! I hope you try the soup, I think you'll like it!

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  40. This looks amazing! I love cauliflower...I think I will make this next week. Thanks for the recipe! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Oh, you will definitely love this soup, Jamie! Hope you make it soon!

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  41. I like cauliflowers! I am a fan of this author too! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, thank you, Linda! Great to see you here! Best of luck!

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  42. Love the soup recipe. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Doward ~ thanks for visiting! Hope you get to try this easy recipe soon. Sophie will be thrilled!

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  43. I love soup or stew anytime of the year and I'm a big fan of your books. Thanks for you amazing generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, Linda. You're very welcome and best of luck!

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  44. Thank you Sophie! We love cauliflower, but I'd never thought about making it into soup. Thanks for the recipe which I will be trying soon.

    Love the the series and can't wait for the opportunity to read "A Clue In The Stew". Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your wonderful books.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Hi Kay ~ so glad you could stop by! I was the same way, I never knew what to do with a big head of cauliflower. Now, I buy it often so I can make the soup. Best of luck!

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  45. Brittani SticklerMay 16, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Oh! I do love soup! It's my favorite to have for lunch with a small sandwich or a side salad :)

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    1. Me too, Brittani! I could absolutely live on soup!

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  46. I enjoy Connie Archer’s series. Thanks for the chance.
    lhallson@shaw.ca

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed the Soup Lovers' Mysteries! Happy reading and cooking too!

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  47. I'm always looking for new cauliflower recipes. Your soup recipe looks very easy, but there's no seasoning or spices at all?

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. I haven't found any spices are needed, actually. Cauliflower is pretty bland, the onion is sweet. I like to use dry bouillon which has a lot of salt usually. I add the grated cheddar on top when the soup is hot and I also like to add cracked black pepper on top, but it's not really needed. I just happen to like black pepper on certain things, like baked potatoes. But that's it, it's pretty easy and delicious... hope you enjoy it!

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  48. Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and enter my giveaway on the 15th! It's wonderful to hear from all of you. My day is over now, and using random.org, the winner of the Spring Fling giveaway is Rita Wray!
    Congratulations, Rita and I'll contact you offline.
    All the best to everyone and happy reading during this very difficult time!
    ~ Connie Archer

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  49. I am definitely going to try that soup! Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. Oh, you're very welcome! This has become one of my favorite soups. I really hope you like it!

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