Cheddar Soup and Spinach Salad

cheddar soup

Cheddar Soup

Well, the new year started with a big nothing here as I lay on the couch with what turned into bronchitis.  But all’s better now and I’m ready to cook!  I saw this Vermont Cheddar Soup on Sassy Radish. I didn’t change the recipe at all, except that I used turkey broth I’d made and frozen after Thanksgiving.  I loved the texture of the carrots and celery in this soup. This will definitely be made again! It is most decidedly not diet food but it is delicious and really hit the spot last night.

spinach salad

Spinach Salad

Our orange tree has gone to town this year with the most delicious oranges we’ve ever had from the tree maybe. I was going to make a simple orange and avocado salad but then saw the pack of spinach I had in the fridge so opted to include that. And some red onion and toasted sesame seeds.

I got all fancy and made the vinaigrette called out in Joy of Cooking for a similar salad with grapefruit, which used orange juice and lemon juice. It was good but I actually think a simple olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette would have been even better.

Sometimes simple is good.

Happy New Year to you all!

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