Cremini Mushroom Soup
Oregon has quite the reputation for rainy weather, especially in the northern part of the state. When our major universities name their mascots after aquatic creatures such as the University of Oregon Ducks (Go Ducks!!!), Clark Honors College Platypuses or the Oregon State Beavers that’s your first clue about the climate… However, there is a bright side to living in a rainy state, we have gorgeous green forests, lovely rivers and world class waterfalls. And, if you live in Southern Oregon, it’s an even more of a bonus, you have all of the above, yet the climate is warmer and not as rainy as the northern part of the state.
Bruce and I went on a trip a short time back to the City of Portland along the beautiful Columbia River. When we visit family and friends in the Portland area I always ask Bruce to take me to Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is located along the Columbia River about 30 miles east of Portland, Oregon. If you ever get the opportunity to visit Portland, you have to promise me that you will go there. It’s so beautiful!
Bruce standing at the base of one of the many falls located along the Columbia River. There was so much watery mist from the falls that I had to stand way back to get a clear picture. If you take a camera, be sure to bring a lens cloth…
A Brewers Black Bird on a mossy rock.
A large Rainbow Trout and a drake Mallard Duck competing at the bottom of a pond for a food source.
Multnomah Falls… Four words to describe it. Absolutely drop dead gorgeous. After Bruce had to listen to me whine about wanting to visit the falls, the poor man expects to listen to me whine about taking me to the factory outlet stores on the way back outside of Portland. Every time when we stop at the outlet stores, I smile at him, give him a big peck on the cheek and before the doors are locked on the car, I make a bee line for the Le Creuset outlet store. I know exactly what I want by the time I hit the front door. Before he can catch me, my prize is paid for and bagged up. And in the rare event that he does catch me, the look of anxiety on his face is priceless. I remind him all that time that he bought his ticket :). He’s lucky that I don’t have quite the fondness for the Coach outlet store (expensive handbags and wallets) as much as Le Creuset.
My Cremini Mushroom Soup was inspired by a bowl of soup that I ordered at a pub on our way back from Multnomah Falls. It has a wonderful earthy mushroom flavor, a hint of white wine and savory thyme. It’s easy, it’s creamy delicious, and without a doubt perfect for a cool day. Enjoy! Tessa
- 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms (cleaned, trimmed, and thinly sliced)
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup white wine (I used my favorite pinot gris)
- 1/2 cup onions (chopped)
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp white pepper or to taste
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
In a medium sized sauce pan add your mushrooms, chicken stock, white wine, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cover and cook, bring to a low simmer and cook for about 20 more minutes or until the onions are opaque and tender. Meanwhile, make a blonde roux in another medium sized saucepan with the flour and butter. In other words, cook the butter and flour on medium low heat until the flour is lightly toasted. Don’t brown it or let it burn.
In the sauce pan with the mushroom mixture, remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Add mushroom mixture to flour and butter mixture stirring constantly to avoid any lumps in the soup. Use a whisk if you need to. Cook until thickened and any flour taste is gone. Add heavy cream, taste and correct your seasonings. If soup is too thick for your liking, then add some chicken stock to thin. Ladle in to bowls. Makes about 4 servings.