Week 2: Soups and Stocks – Home Assignment #2

Cooking Lab: A variety of seasonal soups; making chicken stock from scratch

  • Repurposing vegetable scraps and meat bones for making stocks; using a whole chicken
  • Bulk preparation (when cooking beans in pressure cooker, make extra and store in freezer; divide soups into pint mason jars and freeze for future meals)


This week’s assignment is to shop in the produce section of your favorite grocery store, co-op, or ethnic market, and choose two different types of produce* that you’ve never tried before, or familiar produce that you would like to try preparing in ways that are different from the way in which you usually prepare it.

Purchase enough produce to use in at least three different meals over the course of the week – but not so much that it goes to wasteFor example, if you’re cooking for one and purchase one bunch of kale and a half pound of Brussels sprouts, you could enjoy a little sautéed kale with your morning eggs, roast a few Brussels sprouts and sauté some kale in a little garlic-infused olive oil for dinner, and/or chop up some kale along with thinly sliced sprouts and toss with a homemade vinaigrette & dried cranberries and eat for lunch. TaDa! Three different occasions in which to incorporate your purchased vegetables.

Be creative, try a new recipe or give a familiar recipe a new twist by adding the new produce ingredient to it.  (Challenge yourself to add a vegetable to your breakfast.)

*Try to find seasonal and/or locally grown produce (the local food co-ops always carry some seasonal and local produce – even in the winter months.) You can still find local carrots, parsnips, celeriac, rutabaga, winter squash, yams, onions, shallots, and potatoes.

Please share your shopping and cooking process on the blog.

Here are a couple of questions to consider as you’re writing your post:

  1. How does the amount of fresh vegetables and fruit consumed this week compare to other weeks?  
  2. Did this assignment encourage you to think about putting produce in a more prominent place at your meal?

Please be sure to check the category box  “Home Assignment 2” and uncheck the category box “General” for your blog post this week.”

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