Rachel Getting Hungry: Creamy Vegetable Soup & Cheesy Rosemary Crostini

by Rachel on October 7, 2010

I hate peeling and chopping vegetables. HATE. It’s my least favorite part of cooking. I mean, I’ll do it, but I won’t be happy about it.

When I decided to make the creamy root vegetable soup from the new Cooking Light last night, I was thrilled that it didn’t have too many ingredients…but I was pissed that it would still involve a lot of peeling and chopping work. However, I had incentive to spend a lot of time in the kitchen: my new apron came yesterday!

After weighing all the options, I went with the Bambi apron that Bridget suggested. I don’t know how I missed it when I was browsing the Boojiboo Etsy shop, but I love deer, so I had to get it.

If that isn’t a reason to get dirty in the kitchen, I don’t know what is.

After spending 40 minutes chopping veggies, I was finally ready to make the soup, which was pretty easy once I’d peeled and hacked everything to pieces.

The real star of the show, though, was the rosemary and cheese crostini. Since I had Gryuère left over from the shells and cheese I made last week, I didn’t have any good excuse not to make this bread. And I am so glad I did; I think it’s going to be a side dish I revisit again and again. (There’s seriously no good excuse not to make this bread — it’s so good.)

To make, you just slice an 8-inch French baguette into eight slices and spread a half-cup of shredded Gryuère and a teaspoon of rosemary evenly over the slices.

Then just broil for one minute!

Oh, hellz yes.

The whole meal was really light and healthy, but hearty enough that you still feel like you’re preparing for the coming frost!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lia October 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

Hot damn, that bread. You keep giving me recipes to add to my queue!


2 Smash October 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

So did you know I could live off of crusty French bread alone? Because I can. And now I want to.


3 Summer October 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

Lovin’ that apron! I need one. I’ll have to check out the Etsy. Have any favorite sellers?


4 Rachel October 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

First of all, YUM! Second of all, all of your aprons are sooooo cute! Way to own the kitchen : ) hehe


5 angela October 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

That bread looks amazing! And the apron is adorable. ;)


6 Cassie October 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

I also have Gryuère left over from making your shells and cheese recipe! So now I’ll be making this bread tonight – yum! :)


7 Keri @ Iron Mountain Movement October 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

OMG, that bread looks fantastic!


8 Emily October 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

All of the food looks amazing–especially the bread & cheese. But mostly i had to comment that i am in love with those little deer on your apron–dying!


9 betsy October 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

I love that apron, so cute! why are you wearing clothes under it?


10 Robyn October 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

Oh, yum! That looks fantastic! I will definitely add this to my “must try” list.


11 Trinidad Pena October 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

You had me at Crostini. You had me at Crostini.


12 Maddy October 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Fall food is my favorite. There were so many good recipes in October!


13 Manon October 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

LOVE that apron!


14 marie October 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

ummmm hello bread. where have you been all my life?! amazing.


15 Sarah (Syrup & Honey) October 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

The crostini sound delicious, and I think I know a way to take them to the next level: barely toast the bread, then rub a split garlic clove over each piece before adding the cheese/herbs and broiling. An extra step, yes, but not a waste of time if you are a garlic-lover. (Just make sure you both eat it.)


16 Nicole October 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Cute apron idea! I have been meaning to get one. They have an owl one too that’s pretty cute. Good idea, Bridget. And it has got me thinking about what can be worn under that apron. LOL.


17 Amy @ amyBITES October 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

This looks amazing. Gruyere is my favorite cheese—I’ll definitely have to make the crostini soon.

I actually LOVE peeling and chopping. I find it so relaxing! It’s such a zen thing for me, so I love recipes that require a lot of veggie prep.


18 Serena @ Seriously Soupy October 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Chopping veggies is the worst, but look at your result! Looks amazing and I’m sure it tasted pretty darn good.


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