Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Soup’s On

I went home again this past weekend being that I had 3 days off. And I’ve come to the conclusion that every time I have plans to drive a distance, it snows…


and snows…


until it’s declared a blizzard with hazardous road conditions.



And then of course once I finally reached my parents house (which took me more toward four hours instead of the usual two), we found out the highway I was on was rated the worst driving conditions in Minnesota..just my luck! :-/


For the weekend entertainment with my parents we had a new toy to play with…

My dad’s new remote control helicopter—so fun, if we can ever find out how to steer it in a flyable fashion.


And the second means of entertainment was our ongoing experiment of growing shiitake mushrooms! My mom ordered it for my dad from the Fungi website. It’s basically a shiitake mushroom patch composed of a unique blend of sterilized, enriched sawdust fully colonized with a select strain of shiitake. Shiitake kits are super-boosted to give the most prolific harvests yet.

After just 10 days…


Step 1: Harvest


Step 2: Observe— “ooh and ahh” over your shrooms


Step 3: Add them to your favorite dish—in this case, a veggie omelet!


End result: Delicious and fresh mushrooms grown in your own home. :-)


Next up on tonight’s menu? Another round of Progresso Soup news. (Member this one from last year?)

Last month I was contacted by MyBlogSpark asking if I wanted to try out some news soups from the Progresso line. Soup + MN winters=a good way to warm up…so naturally I said “yes”!

“Giving you a taste worth talking about with new varieties, Progresso continues to provide convenient options made to taste great and encourage good food choices, too. It’s important to make food choices for yourself and for your family that are both satisfying to your taste buds and nutritious.”

Currently on shelves:

Progresso® New World Recipes™ – Inspired by Mexican recipes, explore one of the fastest growing ethnic cuisines by giving the Progresso New World Recipes line a try. Made with authentic Mexican ingredients and seasonings, four new Progresso soups will be hitting grocery shelves near you - Chicken Tortilla, Meatball & Rice, Black Bean Jalapeno and Chicken & Vegetable.
Progresso Light - America’s number one Light soup just got better, as all 13 existing Progresso Light varieties are now packed with bigger pieces of white meat chicken, more tender pieces of beef or added vegetables. Need even more to talk about? Progresso Light New England Clam Chowder is the first creamy Light ready-to-serve soup that holds true to the Progresso Light name with just 1 Weight Watchers® POINTS® value per serving!
Progresso Reduced Sodium – With 49 percent of shoppers concerned about high cholesterol1, Progresso understands the importance of soluble fiber and reduced sodium diets. New Reduced Sodium Tomato Parmesan soup is one more tasty option that has a delicious blend of flavors and carries the “May Help Lower Cholesterol”2 benefit. In addition, five additional Reduced Sodium soups also carry the “May Help Lower Cholesterol”2 benefit.
Progresso High Fiber – With 9 out of 10 Americans not getting the recommended Daily Value of fiber, Progresso High Fiber line of soups are packed with 7 grams per serving. Giving you one more thing to talk about, Progresso brand’s first Chili Soup just joined the High Fiber family!

In the Progresso package I received one can of Chicken Tortilla Progresso Soup and one can of Light New England Clam Chowder Progresso soup, a spoon rest, soup can rack, and soup mug with matching spoon.



I don’t know about you, but when seafood is mentioned, I immediately jump at the chance to get my hands on some. This weeks seafood indulgence came in the form of soup..Progresso’s  Light New England Clam Chowder to be exact. I’ve never tried their original version, I always make this homemade version,  but for a canned version I would have to say Progresso has the flavor spot on, it’s just lacking big chunks in it. However, I realize not everyone is a fan of chunks, so it’s always better to go with less and let the customer add more of whatever if they wish. So if your a fan of New England Clam Chowder minus the chunks, make sure to add Progresso’s light version to your grocery list. Photo4272Fjfj

You can enter yourself in a Progresso giveaway just by entering an answer to the question below! You’ll get the same prize pack you saw above. (Let me know in a separate comment if you shared this giveaway on your blog—you’ll get an extra chance!

Contest ends this Friday!!


What Progresso soup flavor is your all-time favorite?


Lisa said...

I love the chicken with wild rice.

Christina said...

Oh yayyy I love that soup rack!

I like the vegetable soup one - it's got a tomato based broth. Not sure it's "official" name but it's yummy!

sophia said...

Italian wedding, or chicken noodle soup. :-)

Man...I'm shivering just looking at all that snow. Soup would be real good then! It's uncannily warm here in LA, though.

And wow, growing your own shitake mushrooms! How much was it? They look lovely, but they are usually a bit pricey in the supermarkets!

Erica said...

oh my gosh! I'm so glad you made it home ok (given those crazy road conditions)! I am a soup freak. I just love soup/stew/chili. My favorite progresso soup would be their italian style vegetable. SO good!

Kelsey said...

id be one scarred kitten driving in those conditions haha. takes a lot of bravery to manage through that!

soup is the best thing to come home to on days like that, ahhhh, the warmth and comfort of soups!! <3

Mary said...

Those roads look pretty slick. You are definitely having soup weather. Minestrone! Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Fashion Meets Food said...

Seriously winters are kicking my booty. I have been so impressed with Progresso Soup lately they have some wonderful flavors available.


Krista said...

Thank goodness you arrived home safe!! Yikes! We don't have Progresso here.....

Lisa said...

This is not an entry. I just wanted to let you know that there's an award waiting for you on my blog. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/some-new-awards-to-pass-on.html

Mandi said...

oh my gosh I'm glad you got home ok! Soups really are awesome for cold and crappy days like that!

Jessica said...

Yuck! I couldn't imagine considering I'm a Florida girl! So glad you made it home safe and the soup looks great! :-)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

You got some SERIOUS snow. I drove in a blizzard once and I have never been so afraid for my life. Glad you made it safely!

laurie said...

Chicken and wild rice is my fave!

Did your car start today? It's SO cold!

Luckily I don't have to leave the house..no school here as there are teacher conferences. I'm sure we would have been 2 hours late otherwise.

Brrrrr.....stay warm!

love jenny xoxo said...

Brrrr.... it's so cold here! I'm an MN girl too!

I totally want one of those shiitake mushrooms growers... that is so impressive!!


Karin said...

I like split pea with ham. MMMmmm! Good!

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