I want to go to San Francisco!

Electrolux is teaming up with Foodbuzz at the 2nd annual Foodbuzz Festival.  They have an oven that actually has a Perfect Turkey Button!  How cool is that?  So they are asking for recipes for side dishes, appetizers or desserts since they already have the turkey cooking taken care of.

I really want to go the Foodbuzz Festival – I have so many foodie friends in California!  Lara, Kate, Amanda and Andy, Lynn, and Pubsgal, just to name a few!

So I started thinking.  I have hosted Thanksgiving probably a dozen times in my life.  One thing that is always tough is planning all the food so that its done at just the right time.  Then it hit me – soup!  It can be made ahead, its a great first course, and this one is not only delicious, but it will be a show stopper at your next Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin and Roasted “Popcorn” Soup

Makes 4 servings (211 calories, 9.5 fat, 28 carbs, 6.2 fiber and8.5 protein)


3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated
1 chipotle pepper
15 ounce pumpkin, canned
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 cup light coconut milk
2 cups corn, frozen
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients, except corn, in a pan and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the frozen corn on a cookie sheet – sprinkle with salt and pepper and broil until the corn starts to turn golden brown.
  3. Using a stick blender, puree the soup. Place the soup in 4 separate bowls, adding 1/2 cup of the corn kernels to each bowl.

Funny thing is – this recipe came together with everything I had already!  Literally this soup goes from start to finish in less than 15 minutes.

simple ingredients - but the flavor combination is amazing - sweet with a little heat from the curry and chipotle pepper

And be careful roasting the corn – I went from frozen to broiler – and they do actually start to pop on your cookie sheet as they brown, hence the roasted “popcorn!”  Be careful – you need to pay attention otherwise they go from golden brown to black super quick.

I can’t tell you how delicious this soup is.   And the best part is that if they pick my recipe, this will be super easy to serve to lots of people! 😀

Okay, now back to our regular programming! 😀

I had leftover dough from the momo’s I made over the weekend.  It felt like pizza dough, so I thought, what the hell?   It was delicious – my breakfast pizza on a klassy paper plate:

Amanda left a comment on my no-mojo post yesterday, and agreed to be workout buddies with me – I couldn’t let her down – I agreed to do at least 7 miles on the exercise bike, she agreed to run 3 miles.  Thanks for the motivation Amanda (and everyone else who gave me a pep talk!)

I pushed myself so hard I thought I was going to puke – I have the type of personality that’s all or nothing – hate that sometimes!  I ended up walking for 15 minutes on the treadmill for a cool down.

Lunch was leftover lasagna with a side salad – I need to eat salads more often, a great way to get more veggies and fruit in.

with Boathouse brand reduced fat Parmesan dressing - so good!

Since I never menu planned this week, I picked up Chinese food on the way home – easy beef and broccoli 😀

except the fried rice was chock full of onions, even though I asked for no onions 😦

And to Hannah, my cleaning OCD daughter, thanks for all your help yesterday!  Mind you, I don’t have a dirty house by any means, but let’s just say my standards and Hannah’s standards are not the same.  I could leave a glass on the counter for a day, put a drinking glass next to a coffee cup in the cupboard, and maybe ignore some dog hair on my kitchen floor.

Once Hannah has her cleaning mojo on though, look out!  She cleaned the kitchen top to bottom, even throwing out mugs and glasses we never use to give her more room, vacuumed the living room and cleaned the bathroom, including washing the bath mat!  I am sure I don’t tell you often enough, but thanks for helping around the house!  I love you and am so proud of you! 😀

Alright, time to get my ass in the shower – have a great Thursday! 😀

37 thoughts on “I want to go to San Francisco!

  1. Your blog always makes me hungry…

  2. GREAT JOB on the workout Biz!

    Ever since I made the Roasted Zucchini Soup last weekend, I have been thinking about how I would like to incorporate more soups as a starter to my meals. I think it really does help qwell hunger and I eat less overall. That soup looks like a fabulous addition for my repertoire!

    Whatever will you do when your “cleaning lady” moves away?!!

  3. Oh…that soup looks delicious (as does the salad! good job on the veggies!)

    I like San Francisco. I live in Santa Barbara, but have friends in the Bay area.

  4. The soup looks so good. I may have to try that one.

    Great job on the workout!!! Woohoo! *high five*

    I’m having steak and broccoli tonight. Wish it were take-out.

  5. Happy Thursday! Your soup looks amazing, I need to make it!

  6. That soup looks like a winner for sure! “Roasted Popcorn”? How do you come up with these amazing ideas? 😀

  7. That Hannah is such a good kid! I hope if I have a daughter, she is like Hannah! I know I gave my mom a few hard times growing up, but I’m SO thankful that we are as close as we are now. I’m the same way with my Mother In Law too! I talk to them both atleast once every day.

    Soup looks delish!

  8. You are so talented – I love the twists you come up with on your recipes! I hope you get to go to SF – it is so pretty there! And that oven sounds great – I need a new range but not sure Electrolux is going to be in my price area – I’ll have to check it out, though!

    Hannah is WONDERFUL – and it’s so sweet how much you appreciate her!

    Great job exercising – glad you have a buddy!

  9. Way to go on the bike! I find for me that the more you do it, the easier it gets. But it only takes 1 skipping of a workout and it all goes down the drain. What’s up with that??? I’m dragging my butt out for a 3 mile run today too!

    I’m going to definitely have to try roasted corn! I love that you can roast it straight from frozen!

    Happy Thursday!

  10. i hope you win! i’m definitely planning on going to the fest this year so it would be great to meet you!

  11. Oh I want to go to the Foodbuzz Festival so bad too! I love your recipe idea – hope it secures you a free trip! 🙂

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  12. Another yum from me, I think just reading your blog and looking at your pics is making me gain LOL

  13. lesouefsbrouilles

    san francisco is great! it’s my hometown!!

  14. I WILL be making that soup. Sounds great. It’s remarkable to me that you come up with these ideas yourself.

    Excellent workout on the bike. I have to go to the gym today because it’s torrentially raining here. I’m wondering how long it would take me to ride 7 miles!

  15. I want you to come to San Francisco, too! 🙂 Good luck in the contest! And gotta say that this soup sounds fantastic! I love the idea of roasting the frozen corn kernels. (I have to be careful with corn, though – don’t know what it is, but it can really drive up my numbers.)

    Got a question, though. I tend to have chipotle powder on hand rather than the canned peppers. Do you have any suggestions for how much powder is equivalent to one of the peppers?

  16. HAHA Hannah sounds just like me! till this day, I can’t go to bed with anything in the sink lol or anything out of place

  17. That soup looks yum! Do you make 20 qts of it? 🙂

    And the exercise bike, is that one of the new expresso bikes? I love and hate that thing: it makes exercise fun but that “pace” biker is so freaking fast. Good job on your workout! Workout buddies are so key.

    • Yep – one in the same. The worst is if I do a ride again, and my previous ride is my ghost rider and for the life of me I don’t want it to be me!

  18. Please send Hannah to my house. Free room and board!!

  19. I hope you get to San Francisco, and I get to Chicago some day. 🙂

    I’m on the bohemian side with my household stuff, I need to have my next cleaning mojo soon… It’s weird how OCD I can be about other stuff but not cleaning.

  20. The soup looks and sounds SO delicious!

  21. awesome recipe biz. i definitely hope you get to go to san francisco…would love to finally meet you ast the fb fest.

  22. Loving that pizza – YUM!! I like the look of the new soup recipe too!

  23. Wow, this recipe rocks my socks off! I so have to make this–it’s so healthy and sounds so flavorful. But what do you with the leftover peppers? Recipes that call for chipotle pepper usually only use a tablespoon or two and then I end up throwing out the rest and I hate that. I have chipotle chili powder that I actually prefer the taste of over real chipotle peppers–do you think that wouldn’t taste as good with this soup? Kudos to Hannah–tell her she can come over to my place and clean any time. 🙂 Good luck with that contest!

    • I think I might have found the answer to my own question whilst cruising the web: 1 tsp chipotle powder for 1 chile. Those babies are spicy, so maybe do this in 1/4 tsp increments to the desired spiciness. (Unless you like it hot like Biz…in which case, go for broke, man!)

      • Great – good to know! Veronica, I usually keep them in the refrigerator – I’ve used them up to a week after opening with no problems. 😀

  24. Goooooo you on that workout! Glad you didn’t puke! 🙂

  25. Biz, your soup looks incredibly good! Good luck on your contest. This is the perfect recipe 🙂

  26. If you find the chipotle powder (I get it the McCormick brand, found with the other spices at the supermarket and so totally worth the price), you should try these–everyone who’s had them, except for one, has LOVED them: http://reciperhapsody.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/chipotle-honey-roasted-peanuts/

  27. You take the best pictures. I am so hungry now!

    I am here via the Hot 100

  28. Okay, I will be making this soup soon! And I want you to come to San Francisco, too! 🙂

  29. Yum that soup looks awesome Beth! Good luck I hope you win!!!

  30. I totally want to go to the food blogging conference too. I’ve been entering in the contests like crazy to see if I can win. Cross your fingers for both of us. 🙂

  31. […] And not too late to vote for Round 3 in Project Food Buzz.  Even though I didn’t make it through, I am not sad because Friday I’ll get the call from Foodbuzz telling me that I won a trip to San Francisco for my Pumpkin and Roasted “Popcorn” soup! […]

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