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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Perfect winter lunch


Every December, when we're in California, we go to our friends' house for lunch. And every year they make the same meal: Cauliflower soup, a green salad, gruyere and crusty French bread. They put avocados in the salad, since they live in LA and have an avocado tree in their backyard, but a plain green salad would be just as delicious. Can't wait to have it again this year!

(Photos by Rene, Esquire and Chef's Kitchen)

68 comments:

Michelle P said...

Yum!

Joy said...

OMG it really it. This sounds heavenly!

maggie. said...

This looks DELICIOUS!

Paislea Elyse said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! this looks sooooo tasty!!

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Molly @thewaffler said...

I've actually never had cauliflower soup before (how is that possible?), but anything with french bread and gruyere cheese has to be good.

Erin said...

You had me at "crusty French bread." Heavenly.

Gabrielle said...

YUM! my favorite thing to do with cauliflower is to sprinkle it with olive oil and breadcrumbs then roast it- tastes like popcorn! maybe I'll have to branch out and try this though!

Joanna Goddard said...

it is the best combination of flavors--fresh, buttery, warm, chewy, crusty--SO good!

Erika Peterson said...

I've made that cauliflower soup before! It was delicious. But I served it with Pioneer Woman's "The Bread" Sooo good and simple. Recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/09/the-bread/

Melissa Blake said...

SO goood...and it's almost lunchtime for me!

Cara said...

thank you for sharing!!

Mrs. C said...

Oh I love cauliflower!! had cauliflower mashed potatoes last night!!!! This looks delicious and pretty light!! Yum!! I've got a simple recipe for baked cinnamon apple chips!!! Perfect for entertaining!

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Holly said...

Your friends are quite lovely to you then! Sounds like the perfect winter lunch.

jen said...

I'm willing to bet my winter lunch would come in a close second to this. My lunch: roasted tomato & paprika soup (from Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks) with a grilled cheese sandwich. Yum.
I might have to try this cauliflower soup next week!

dreamday said...

looks and sounds dreamy. perfect for an az winter day!

Jessica at Nine to Phive said...

I am inclined to agree that this would be utterly perfect. This post tickled me because two of favorite foods of both my husband and myself are cauliflower soup and avocados.

a lovely being said...

Wow! LA is pretty amazing like that - I have a lemon tree and an orange tree in my back yard. But I'd kill for an avocado tree! How fabulous. Cauliflower soup sounds divine... must pick up ingredients to make this at the farmer's market next weekend :)

x fallon

Meredith Perdue said...

Mmmm! I just had to 'pin' this for future winter lunches in Maine. And an avocado tree?! Heaven!

Charlotte said...

Mm this looks delicious! I love soup x

Trina said...

Funny you mention avocados because I have a whole bunch of 'em picked off my parents' trees from when I was home for Thanksgiving weekend. :) (Yes, I live in California.) And this meal looks delicious after the heartiness of the weekend eating.

Briana said...

I would gobble that up in a second!

Megan said...

I'm insanely jealous of the avocado tree in their backyard.

But I'm glad they know that greyure is the way to go!

Sharon said...

yeah. that does look good. i just had two tablespoons of pillsbury vanilla icing for lunch!

Fashion Trio said...

Looks so good, will have to try! blerona www.fashiontres.com

Erica Herold said...

Seriously? An avocado tree?! I would use it for everything.

Christina Marie said...

I would kill for an avocado tree in my backyard. I agree this is perfect for a California winter! :)

xo,
Christina

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Anita said...

I live in LA and love it! But unfortunately, no avocado trees for me, as I'm in an apartment... :)

Joanna Goddard said...

fallon, i know, seriously! last year, they PICKED the avocados for our salad!!

Joanna Goddard said...

sharon, LOL, so funny. i had half of the mashed potatoes that our babysitter made for toby!

v said...

thanks for the tip! my 3 year old loves cauliflower ...looks yummy. Have a good day

Leah @ Freutcake said...

Yum! That sounds delicious!

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debbiecutieface said...

that looks absolutely delicious!

LeeLee said...

Oh, perfect combination. Looks delicious.

Allison Young said...

this looks so delicious!

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Haley Rogers said...

absurd. I want that in my belly right now

Emily said...

That cauliflower soup looks amazing! Thanks for linking an recipe!

jacquelyn | lark + linen said...

new dream in life: have an avocado tree in my backyard. I can't even imagine!!

Also, this sounds so. good.

Girlie Blogger said...

This is really similar to what I had for lunch. Soup is so good for the winter. Though I have never tried cauliflower soup. I think I need to.

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Marissa said...

This is what I want for lunch right now.

rebecca said...

I try so hard to like avocados as they are insanely good for you. Just can't do it...

Shawnee said...

ohmygosh!! i would LOVE to have an avocado tree!! one of my favorite foods...sounds amazing.

rellimarie said...

oh man, what i would give to have an avocado tree! i'd be well-fed, and pretty popular, too, i imagine. this post is definitely making my stomach growl. :)

Anonymous said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, yes please!! now! get in my belly!

Lisa Benoist said...

I'm still reeling with envy about the avocado tree! The cauliflower soup looks gorgeous, I will add it to the must-make list for this weekend :)

Have you tried carrot and ginger? A real winter warmer!!

http://lisabenoist.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/winter-warmer-carrot-ginger-soup/

Ashley said...

I WANT TO EAT THIS NOW. It also seems like the perfect anytime lunch or anytime dinner or really the anytime food.

Manding. said...

omg perfect indeed !
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Clara said...

Talk about the most perfect lunch! I'd fly from NY to California just for that. Love your holiday traditions, Joanna!

LV said...

Now that is my idea of a perfect lunch. This looks soooo good! I have never had cauliflower soup, but it sure sounds amazing. I am spoiled by having access to fresh avocados anytime I want them and I am fortunate to live in California and have a friend with an avocado tree:-)

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Claire said...

Ah! I live in LA and literally just ate this exact meal. Bizarre to see my lunch popping up on a cup of Jo.

Ps. FYI for all of you east coasters: 2011 has been a particularly bad year for avocados, so don't be too jealous ;)

Sarah Lu said...

this is amazing! I am in love with the simplicity of the meal and also the writer's (of the cauliflower soup recipe) humor and generous approach to rich ingredients.

Anonymous said...

this looks amazing. We have a couple coming to dinner on Thursday and are still trying to figure out the menu. We are leaning towards chicken cacciatore. Yikes, hope we come up with something!

Livyb said...

Sounds so delicious. There is something so lovely about knowing your friends will make the same meal for you. What a great treat to share with friends.

Deb Harvey said...

Looks so yummy! Sounds like a lot of fun, too!

Joanna said...
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Tbadee said...

YUM indeed!

fleur_delicious said...

YUM, that sounds divine! When I lived in SoCal and we bought 4 avocados every week at the farmers' market (year round!) I used to LOVE making a salad of butter lettuce, persimmon slices, and pecans with a simple honey mustard dressing - try it, it'll totally transport you to Cali!

Tamara said...

My husband owns Gjelina....would love to see you guys stop in for lunch again!

kori said...

Oh, delicious! I love gruyere cheese. And how I miss avocados already...must make this soup soon! Thanks for sharing.

Caitlin said...

That sounds amazing!!! So yummy!!

xo
Caitlin
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Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife said...

Oh my goodness, deliciousness!

megan said...

I am so stealing this menu idea for our next lunch party! Some crusty bread sounds good right about now!

Elizabeth Buckler said...

I used to work at a tea salon that served light meals. One day we were told to upsell Cauliflower soup- my first thought was "how the heck are we supposed to do that?!" Well they -made- us try it and it was delicious! It had small pieces of bacon in it too though so maybe they cheated a bit. (:

Anonymous said...

i just made the soup following the recipe from rene - DELICIOUS!

Samantha said...

I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing! Luckily we have lots of leftovers for tonight :)

ximena schuman said...

I love this! If you have any good recipes for cauliflower soup that you could share that would be amazing!

But seriously delicious looking stuff and I love the whole "avocado tree" bit.

Nicole @cookingafterfive said...

Ah, what a perfect meal. I'm adding this to my winter menu for sure. We are definitely spoiled with avocados in LA!

Chelle said...

Yuuumm! This looks so good!

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