Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 17, 2013

Intentional Minimalist: Flavors for fresh soup


---- — This recipe features local produce from 9 Bean Rows Farm, Birch Point Farm, Loving Dove Farm and locally produced products from Food for Thought.

Garlic, Ginger and Kale Soup

Fresh local garlic


Fresh local onion

Fresh local ginger

Olive oil

Fresh local green bor kale

Sea salt


White pepper

Mince 6 cloves garlic, 1 c. celery, 1/2 c. onion and a 1-inch section of ginger.

Add 1 T. olive oil to a large metal soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic, celery, onion, ginger and ¼ t. salt, Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add 6 c. water, 1 t. curry, ½ t. white pepper and ¼ t. sea salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce heat and cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Remove four cups of kale from stems and chop kale.

Remove soup pot from heat, stir in kale and let rest for five minutes. Blend soup with a hand blender directly in soup pot. Serve soup sprinkled with sea salt.

Kristin Celeste Schroeger of Traverse City is the recipe creator, photographer, dishwasher and blogger of The Intentional Minimalist, a website encouraging farm-to-table cooking with local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Visit