Creamy Sweet Potato Soup & Quinoa Salad

We got in last night from a vacation in Florida. The first thing I did when I got home was put flannel sheets on the bed. Holy cow it got cold. And you know what that means - Soup! While on vacation I actually had time to read through recipe emails. There are a lot of recently pinned recipes that I can't wait to try.

Tonight we started off with Creamy Sweet Potato Soup and Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple and Dried Cranberries.
The Creamy Sweet Potato Soup is from Cooking Light. We loved it. The cumin and red pepper give it just enough spice. I did not have bacon so I used diced salami. This would be fine without the salami.
Click here for the recipe.

The Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple and Dried Cranberries is from Food 52. I liked it but Chris was not a big fan. Looks like I have lunch for the week. Click here for the recipe, just give yourself some extra time because there is a lot to see at Food 52.
With the soup and salad we had some Focaccia Al Oilo that I had in the freezer. The recipe is from Foccacia by Carol Field. I love the recipe. It uses white wine in the dough. The texture of the dough is wonderful. I own the book but I found the recipe online at the LA Times if you want to give it try.

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