Monday, January 17, 2011

artichoke onion soup for the soul

hello everyone! i am sitting in my kitchen, typing in the warmest part of my apartment - right by the oven, which is propped open and heated to 400. apparently the pipes in my basement chose this weekend to crap out on me, so my radiators are ice cold; sam and i have decided to stomach an extra large gas bill, rather than shiver in our own apartment.

the past weekend had its highs and lows; i usually have fridays and saturdays off, but had to work this saturday, making for an extra short weekend - most of which i spent in front of a computer, desperately trying to remember photoshop shortcuts as i worked on wedding invitations. i did find the time to make us a good, thick, wintry soup - it was easy and delicious, and perfect for these cold winter nights, so i thought i'd share the recipe.

2 cans of quartered artichoke hearts
1 medium yellow onion
3 cups chicken broth
2 T butter
2 t ground fennel
1 t dried thyme
1/4 c heavy cream
olive oil for drizzling
parmasean or similar cheese for crisps

so - start the butter melting in a big pot. a soup sized pot. slice the onion into thin strips, then add it to the butter; saute until good and caramelized, stirring as needed. add the artichoke and saute for a few minutes. add enough chicken stock to cover the onion and artichoke and then some. add the spices, then the cream, and salt to taste; either use an immersion blender or a regular one to puree them until you can't anymore. put your oven to 350, and grate the cheese into little piles on a silpat or piece of parchment, and bake the cheese for 10-15 minutes, or until browned. serve the soup with a drizzle of olive oil, a grinding of pepper, and a cheese crisp or two. and a grilled cheese and pastrami, if you're me.

and an appropriately yellow and green outfit for the day!

dress: thrifted
tights: from mi madre
shoes: madewell
hat: from a weird little antique shop outside of atlanta, ga
necklace: jewelry shop near atlanta (a fish, therefore, a gift from sam)

well! my smoke alarm is going off for no reason whatsoever, so i guess it's time to sign off. stay warm, and much love!

xo audrey


  1. lol... i'm at work sitting under my air conditioner eating ice cream :) soup sounds incredible!!

  2. such a pretty dress, the color is one my favs as of late!!

  3. love that dress

    I have a first giveaway: Hard Candy makeup products
    if interested check out

  4. Wow, I love that dress! You can pull off the hat, too, way better than I would have imagined!

  5. makes me hungry!! i'm a new follower! i love your colors :D

  6. I really love your hat! Normally I think turbans are a little odd but you totally rock yours!

  7. Genius dress.

    Warmest Regards-

  8. LOVE the color of this dress, I'm craving items in this hue like you wouldn't believe! Also wanted to say I'm totally inspired by your graying out of the backgrounds in your pics, great idea!

  9. I tried this soup and it was pretty darn good! I used artichoke hearts from dinner the night before (my husband only eats the leaves) and instead of regular olive oil, I used chili infused olive oil. My husband (a picky eater) actually really liked it!

  10. Thanks for inspiring my roasted baby pearl onion and artichoke heart soup. It's simmering now. The Turban is Terrific!!