"Phoe-pea Soup!"

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 pound split peas, picked through for pebbles then rinsed with cold water
  • One 7 month old Phoebe
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Directions

    In a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the celery, garlic, parsnip and onion, and saute for 15 minutes to build flavor, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go. Add the oregano, thyme and bay leaf, and cook on low for 3 more minutes. Turn the burner off and add the bourbon, return to the heat and reduce for 3 minutes. Add the split peas, Phoebe and stock. Remember to season lightly as you cook. Cook until the peas are tender or when Phoebe has to go down for a nap, about 1 hour. Pull Phoebe and herbs from the pot and, using an immersion blender, blend the soup until mostly smooth. Serve with the toasted baguette.

    Happy Phoebeaster!

    And on the third day, Phoebe rose from her nap and did hideith many chocolatey eggs for the children to hunt. This day was then known henceforth as "Phoebeaster Sunday".