Roasted Yellow Pepper Soup

After not-so-fun dental work today, and strict orders not to chew, some kind of soup seemed in order.  Not to mention it was an ugly rainy day…perfect for a yummy soup.  I had gone to a great little cafe with one of my managers a couple of weeks ago, and we’d had a delicious yellow and orange pepper soup – I was dying to try to recreate it, and this was a good opportunity!  This was a mish-mash of a few recipes, but what I liked about the base (from Epicurious) was that it didn’t use cream or milk – the thickness comes from a couple of potatoes.  I used chicken stock in this because that’s what I had, but I think it would be better with vegetable stock and would of course be an easy vegetarian option that way.  It was delicious and healthy…definitely going in the regular rotation!

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Flank Steak with Cucumber and Pepper Relish

First dinner in our new house!  And add to that the fact that I am a first-time homeowner and this is all pretty exciting. 🙂  Coming from a small (understatement) kitchen in our rental, it was pretty awesome to be back in a large, relatively modern kitchen again.  After weeks of eating out with our kitchen packed, it was also excellent to have homemade food again.  This was a recipe I saw in Cooking Light and modified a bit.  The original called for pickled pepperocini, but I couldn’t find any.  Instead, I used roasted yellow peppers and olives to get some brine/tang.  We really enjoyed this – I served it with yellow wax beans tossed with some toasted almonds.

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Quinoa Salad

A quick lunch that was a nice break form all the sandwiches and fast food that come with crazy schedules and moving.  It was nice to have our kitchen unpacked enough to make lunch.  I saw something similar to this on Skinnytaste, though I left out the onion and halved the olive oil.  We really enjoyed it – nice to have leftovers for lunches, too!

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