An Award, a Tag, a Soup…

Beautiful and so creative Ruchi of has nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award. I am awed and humbled by all these honors, and I thank you, dear Ruchi, for thinking of me!

Here are the rules:

  • Write a post to accept this nomination.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and mention their blog link.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select a few other blogs you would like to nominate.

I think I’ve taken care of the first two; as to how my blog started, it is described in one of my first posts Hello, Beautiful People! – please go there and come back.

Next, the advice part. I started my blog less than six months ago, so I am not really qualified to give advice, but I’ll try:

  1. Blog about something you know and want to share or, alternatively, take your readers on a fascinating discovery trip, even if it’s in their kitchen or even in their mind.
  2. Blog consistently – out of sight, out of mind!

Finally, it is my honor and pleasure to nominate the following great bloggers:

  1. by Esmé
  2. by Maha and Imane
  3. by Jessica Williams
  4. by Tali
  5. by Aspassia and Manos
  6. by Carol

You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises.  Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t.  Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.



I have also been tagged – for the first time! – by an adorable bilingual Davide of whose posts are such exuberant joy.  Mille grazie, caro!

The rules of this one are:


  • Tell us the three things that you love about autumn.
  • Appoint 15  others bloggers

I’ll do it backwards and tag other bloggers first.It won’t be 15, and there are many more wonderful bloggers out there, but I have some more awards to address tomorrow, so I am saving some names. In no particular order:

The things I am supposed to love about Autumn? We don’t have it! Here in South Florida, we have only two seasons, The Tourist Season and The No-Tourist Season. The first roughly coincides with what you call Autumn, or Fall. Elsewhere, Fall is the splendor of red gold leaves gently covering the earth, parched during the summer and craving cooler days. We have summer all year around, and the only time leaves fall is during storms.


Yes, Fall for us is also a Hurricane Season. Matthew passed us by, but it did affect other places, and my heart breaks for them! I had lived through Hurricane Andrew, though, and it was devastating, but what I loved was the community standing together, pulling together, and helping each other. It was an amazing thing to see and be a part of!


This is a Google image, but my husband and I have been in exactly the same situation more than once. A couple of young men kayaked to services through flooded streets on Friday night! We take it in stride. The moment a warning is issued, store shelves start emptying out of… beer. Hurricane parties are quite common, surfers and paddle boarders rush to grab the wave, and one of my students surfed off the roof of his house in 140 miles an hour wind.

I’ve described two things so far, the tourists and the hurricanes, but the third one is my favorite. Regardless of the weather, I somehow switch into a comfort food mode of thinking and start cooking hearty creamy soups. One of them is a simple, but delicious


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You start with – surprise! – broccoli and sweet potatoes. Peel and boil potatoes and broccoli together, but remove broccoli the moment it softens. Don’t overcook!

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Meanwhile, saute onion until lightly golden.

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Fish potatoes out of water, but don’t discard the water. Let all three ingredients cool off sufficiently to throw them into a food processor or blender. Pulse until completely creamy. Add this mess back to the pot and add more water if needed.

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Bring it to boil and add vegetable soup powder, milk substitute of your choice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Stir and bring to boil again.

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Garnished with fresh cilantro, this thick and creamy, healthy and satisfying soup tastes like Autumn to me!


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 broccoli bunch
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 heaping tablespoon vegetable soup powder
  • 1/2 cup milk substitute
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro to garnish.


  • Peel and boil potato. Cook broccoli with potato until slightly softened. Remove broccoli, put aside.
  • Peel and slice onion, saute until lightly golden.
  • Remove potato after 20 minutes, let all three ingredients cool off. Pulse in food processor or blender until completely creamy consistency. Scrape sides occasionally.
  • Add creamy mass back to pot, add water to almost two quarts, stir, bring to boil.
  • Add soup powder and milk substitute, add cinnamon, season with salt and pepper. Stir, bring to boil, remove from heat.
  • Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.




45 Comments Add yours

  1. Very hearty congratulations…..To you…
    May be I can celebrate your success with your yumm recipes…!!
    You are such a wonderful blogger….!
    Congrats ONCE AGAIN…..

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    1. Thank you, sweetheart,and we’ll celebrate together because there is a surprise for you in my next post!

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      1. Waiting for your surprise…
        I’ve already started loving your recipes and the way you write them… beyond beautiful…!

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      2. Darling, the surprise is here – I’ve nominated you for an award and I hope you accept!

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      3. Thanks a lot I’ll respond asap…
        That was a beautiful surprise …never thought of it…

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      4. My pleasure, and keep on sparkling!

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      5. Yes I will…With your blessings…!!

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      6. Your talent is a blessing in itself!

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      7. Thanks for appreciation…

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      8. 🙂 🙂 🙂 …

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  2. Your thoughts and recipes of food have always made me watering….broccoli cream soup seems original….great….thanks for remembering me and tagging along….I admire your recipes a lot…thanks again…

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    1. Thank you, and I hope you accept. I love your way of expressing yourself, and I am sure your response to this tag will be delightful, if you are so inclined, of course!

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      1. Yup….extremely delightful of this tag…thanks again

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  3. Blessings and Congrats! 🌟✨💫

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    1. Thank you so much, and hold on to your hat – you have a surprise coming!

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      1. I. Love. Surprises. 🌟✨💫

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  4. Tali says:

    Dolly, Mazal Tov on your new award! You well deserve it! Also thank you so much for nominating me. I’m flattered 😊.

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    1. Dear Tali, thank you! You truly deserve this award and many more. I wish you good year and an easy and meaningful fast!


  5. Congrats and thanks 😉

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  6. Congrats Dolly!!
    Glad you survived Matthew safely. So did we.
    Yumm!! I never would have thought of combining sweet potato and broccoli!

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    1. I am glad you survived Matthew as well! Hey, I usually think of unthinkable things – that’s what cats do.

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  7. Sumith Babu says:

    Congratulations Dolly!! Very happy to know you survived from Matthew safely. And the recipe sounds so delicious. Thanks for this share.

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  8. lilyandardbeg says:

    Congratulations 🙂 (and I’ve checked all the other blogs, I can’t follow recipes but I like to be inspired)

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    1. Oh, I do the same thing! Even when I try to follow a recipe, I end up changing thing around.

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  9. We went to Key West a few years ago. Then one year we went to NC after hurricane Katrina. We saw some flood even the hurricane was gone.

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    1. It is very sad to see so much damage, isn’t it?

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      1. Our hotel was shut down when we got to NC. We drove inland to find another hotel.

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      2. What an experience!


  10. Dolly my dear friend, I am humbled and flattered by this award that you bestowed on me. I accept your kindness and this award and will work on it asap.
    WOW. Thanks again ❤️

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    1. I thank you for accepting. Nobody deserves it more than you!

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      1. Mwah – thanks Dolly

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  11. Mouth watering offerings. Awards galore. Kudos. :o)

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  12. Dear Dolly,
    Congratulations for your awards and thank you very much for nominating us. We are very flattered!
    And what a nice and comforting soup recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, and I hope you accept as you truly deserve this one and many other awards!


  13. Doni W says:

    Congrats! 😀

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      1. Doni W says:

        No worries 😀

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