After watching the screening of "Eat at Bill's" last night, I was craving some farm-fresh produce. They had whet my palate with an assortment of cherries, apricots and tangerines post-screening – quite suiting for a documentary on seasonal foods and local agriculture! I walked home, since the theater was close by, and immediately started pulling out my farmers' market bounty. Hearty Russian Kale contrasted with sweet, fresh corn would tantalize and satisfy all of my taste bud cravings. I thought back to the cup or so of wheatberries that I had tucked away in a drawer. Being a home cook, it is a constant battle to use up ingredients before they go rancid. Those wheatberries were saying, "Use me". A salad of kale, corn and wheatberries with tons of basil and parsley mixed in sounded just right for the evening.
And I could have just had that, but B was feeling a tad under the weather. He kept saying, "my tha-woat hurrts." Poor guy. There's nothing like a steamy soup to soothe a raw throat, right? Since I had a huge batch of homemade vegetable stock in my refrigerator, I simply sauteed some squash and tomatoes and pureed it with the stock. Having stock on hand makes homemade soup quick and easy and keeps colds at bay.