Pear and Brocolli Soup/Potpourri

By Amy Story Larson

Pear and Broccoli Soup


2 heads broccoli, chopped finely

2 pears, diced

1/4 c. dried cranberries

1 onion, finely chopped

3-1/2 c. vegetable stock, hot

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 c. chopped walnuts

3/4 c. bleu cheese, crumbled

Crumbled bacon, optional


>   Place all ingredients except cheese and bacon into crock pot. Let simmer for 4 hours, or until veggies are tender. May need to add more liquid. May blend all into a smooth soup, or leave pieces intact.

> Top with cheese and/or bacon, perhaps some parsley to brighten taste.

NOTE: When I visited Finland, I noticed they used pears as we would apples. They had pear drinks, gum, licorice, everything. This recipe is a nod to our Finnish population (have you visited Roseberry, near McCall?) and to the pears they seem to revere.

Stovetop Potpourri


2-3 apples, small work best. You may also use apple peel.

Spices of your choosing, which may include: cinnamon, anise, allspice, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla beans, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice

Citrus peel- lemon, orange, tangerine, or a combination

Water, enough to keep items off the bottom of your pot


>   Add all ingredients to a pot with enough water to cover, then simmer at low heat on stovetop and enjoy. Make sure to keep adding water—and never leave home with potpourri on the stove or leave it unattended.

NOTE: I’ve been studying the art of hygge lately. It’s becoming a popular word and idea these days, although I heard it ages ago from Cathy O’Connell Iliff, the owner of the former La Belle Vie restaurant in Nampa.  She told me I possessed this quality, and I had to go look it up. Hygge is a Danish/Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality, with feelings of wellness and contentment, and this potpourri reminds me of it.



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Amy Story

About Amy Story

Amy Story is a food and adventure writer, artist, and art instructor. She makes her way through the state looking for good recipes and new friends, often found simultaneously.

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