Autumn’s cloak of crispness,
Hasn’t Autumn’s undergrowth and Way also shone within?
Do you find yourself returning,
Samhain (pronounced “SAH-win”) marks the end of the harvest season and takes place at the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. This three-day period is typically Oct 31-Nov 2nd. During this time, many cultures took the time to Usher in the darker half of the year. This is an important time of reflection for our ancestors. Remember to nourish your Soul and take care of your spirit. Take a long walk through the forest or a local park. Feel the energy around you. Observe the creatures and their habits as they prepare for shorter and colder days ahead. Light a fire to signify the continuity and importance of family and community. Share your bounty and harvest with others. Remember those that came before you. Blessed Samhain!
Now when you come into the clinic, visit the Magical Tea Corner! We’re brewing teas and elixirs for you!
WICKED-SWEET POTATO SOUP
I’ve been crafty in my kitchen and made the most wicked Autumn soup that I want to share with you! In this version of wicked sweet potato soup, add if you like, bacon and Greek-style yogurt.
4 oz chopped bacon
- Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven or heavy -bottomed pot over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until fat has rendered and bacon is crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to drippings in pot; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; cool, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, salt, pepper, sweet potato, apple, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium-high; reduce heat to a medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.
- Pour soup mixture into a blender. Secure lid on blender, and remove center piece to allow the steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening. Process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top evenly with yogurt, bacon, and chives.
- From Cooking Light 2023
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