recipes: #first foods

  • cook's illustrated mushroom bisque
    This soup is so comforting and earthy. The technique is brilliant and the taste is amazing! The recipe involves a few different phases and different types of equipment, but for us, the trouble is totally worth it since the taste is so delicious! We freeze leftovers to make easy meals for our two-year-old daughter. white mushroomscremini mushroomsshiitake mushroomssaltvegetable oilonionfresh thymepepperdry sherrywaterchicken brothheavy creamegg yolkslemon juicesalt and pepperheavy creamfresh chives
  • fast & simple asparagus preparation
    We grew up eating steamed asparagus with a side of mayo or a side of homemade thousand island (mayo + ketchup + Tabasco), but always wondered if there was a tastier and easier way to prepare asparagus. I found this in JP’s latest book and was surprised at how tasty the asparagus became through this quick and simple preparation. The true flavors of asparagus simply shine when cooked this way. Our one-year-old loves picking up the pieces to feed to herself. Adapted from JP’s Asparagus Ragout recipe from Essential Pepin. JP does a similar delicious and fast treatment for broccoli on page 124 of his other book More Fast Food My Way. waterolive oilasparagusunsalted buttersalt
  • ina garten's cauliflower & celery root soup
    This soup tastes so rich and creamy that it's hard to believe that it only contains 2 tablespoons of cream in it. olive oilyellow onionscelery rootfennelcauliflowerchicken stockkosher saltwaterheavy creamsaltcroutons or cheese crispschivesolive oil
  • jacques pepin's watercress soup
    Remember that eggplant salad recipe? Here’s a great way to make use of leftover watercress stems and leaves. Since you purée the soup with a hand blender, you don’t have to worry about chopping your vegetables perfectly. This recipe is easy to make, and the soup is comforting and filling. It also freezes well. This recipe can be made vegan by replacing chicken stock with vegetable broth. Adapted from Essential Pepin. canola oilwatercressceleryoniongarlicsaltpotatochicken stockfried wonton strips
  • Murasaki sweet potatoes with miso scallion butter
    Let's face it ... in this recipe, the murasaki sweet potato is simply a vessel for the miso butter! ;) This super simple recipe is a crowd-pleaser. We often whip it up when entertaining guests. Murasaki sweet potatoesunsalted butterwhite miso pastescallion
  • sweet potato soup x 1.5
    Trader Joe's sells 3 pounds bags of organic sweet potatoes, but the First Descents' recipe for Sweet Potato Soup calls for 2 pounds. We cook this humble soup often, so to save ourselves from doing the math over and over again, we simply wrote our own version of this recipe with the converted measurements and ingredient replacements that we prefer. buttershallotthymechicken brothsweet potatosweet potato peelsaltpeppercider vinegarmaple syrupsalt and pepper
  • technique for super tender sweet potatoes
    I regularly use this technique to roast sweet potatoes that I then cube and freeze for my daughter. sweet potatoes