For Daniel

by Suzanne on October 1, 2012

Odd, isn’t it?

You meet someone through a mutual  passion or because you like the same things by joining a group of like minds and become fast friends.  Maybe not bosom buddies, but you develop a sense of the person – some of their likes, dislikes, work ethic, sense of humor, their expertise and learn a bit about their families.

Such is, or was, my friendship with Daniel.

We met through a foodie group and ended up that he was in my Group B of the Secret Recipe Club.  Daniel and his wife Meredith blog over at The Haggis and The Herring.  Daniel always prepared something great and was always timely with his blog posts.  He offered to help anyone within any of the groups if they were having difficulties with a technical issue.  He discussed helping everyone by auditing blogs and then targeting issues that would give everyone some great pointers about their own blogs.  Always kind, always helpful, and always straight forward.  My kinda guy – and friend.

He took great admiration and care for his family, his wife Meredith and his two young children and the child they are expecting soon.  You can read Meredith’s eulogy and tribute to Daniel here.  It is an amazing and loving look at Daniel and their life together.

In order to pay tribute to Daniel, many of his foodie friends have gotten together today to pay tribute to his life and friendship.  I couldn’t resist a couple of his recipes.  I hope you enjoy as much as we did.

What a great way to pay tribute with . . .

Dan's October Soup

5.0 from 8 reviews

Dan’s October Soup
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Recipe type: soup, appetizer
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Serves: 4-6
 
This is a light, delicious autumn soup that is very easy to make. It has a very rich taste with lots of depth in flavors. It is now one of my favorites!
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 rutabaga
  • 1 medium sized Yukon Gold Potato
  • 15 small, peeled Baby Carrots
  • 2 Celery Stalks (cut in half)
  • 2 c. Vegetable or Chicken Stock
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Water
  • Milk or Cream
Instructions
  1. Microwave the squash whole for about 2 minutes. Let the squash cool a bit and then peel and cube the squash, rutabaga, potato and carrots.
  2. Put all of the vegetables in a large pot and fill with stock and water until the vegetables are covered and bring to a boil. Add ginger, garam masala and bay leaves and simmer on medium for 45 minutes until soft.
  3. Discard bay leaves and celery.
  4. Puree the rest of the vegetables.
  5. To serve, reheat and add 1 cup of cream and enough stock or water to give the soup a good consistency.

Dan's October Soup

I also fell in love with Daniel’s Chicken Croquette recipe, so I made that, too.  And, in my normal style, I used a green chile sauce recipe to accompany the croquettes.  That recipe will be coming up a little later this week.

For Daniel,

There is an emptiness where you once stood in this life.  Your enthusiasm for cooking and your encouragement for others will be missed.  But we celebrate your life and fill the hole that is left with all the great memories you gave each and every one of us.  I have much respect for you and the life you led.  Rest in peace.  Blessings and love to your family.  They will be in my prayers.

May the Lord comfort you with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Thanks to Tandy from Lavender and Lime for Daniel’s Tribute Day logo.

Please check out the rest of the tributes to Daniel below!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

gloria October 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Like you I think Daniel was a lovely man and wnjoyed hiis posts.
I love the soup you made look absolutely delicious.
I made my recupe too.
xo
I

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Thank you so much. Daniel will be missed. The soup is primo!

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Katrina October 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Great post, Suzanne! Too much for words, you said it well. And now I want that soup!

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This is the perfect comfort soup. We just loved it!

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A Couple in the Kitchen October 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What a nice tribute post. That soup looks and sounds perfect for this time of year. Nice to be in SRC with you.

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

It is nice to be in SRC with you, too. Lots of wonderful, wonderful people.

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Jersey Girl Cooks October 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This is a great soup for the chilly weather and a nice tribute to Daniel!

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Thank you. And the soup is delicious! Very satisfying and yummy!

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April @ Angel's Homestead October 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Your soup looks delicious, and what a beautiful tribute to Daniel. Great job Suzanne. :)

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Thank you, April. It was a difficult post to write. But everytime I make this soup it will warm my heart to think of Daniel.

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Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel October 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

What a great choice! This soup sounds DELICIOUS! And perfect for fall :)

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

It is certainly the best soup recipe I have made in a long time. You just have to make some for yourself! YUM!

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures October 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Beautiful tribute…and beautiful soup. Daniel was not in my SRC Group, but I cooked a tribute to him as well. It’s nice to be part of such a giving, loving group.

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thank you and the soup is incredible. Perfect for October! It IS great to be a part of SRC, no doubt about it.

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Katherine Martinelli October 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

What a beautiful tribute, Suzanne. Daniel really was an amazing part of our community who always had wonderful contributions. He will be greatly missed.

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Lisa~~ October 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

A beautiful post and I almost made this soup too.

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Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures October 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

What a delicious fall soup and a wonderful way to honor Daniel!

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Thank you and it IS delicious! Just had it again for lunch. :)

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Tamar October 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It’s good to see that I’m not the only one who had a hard time narrowing it down to one recipe for the blog. I <3 curry soups! :)

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

No kidding. And the chicken patties are excellent, too! They will be going up this week. Nice to see you and so many others paying tribute.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen October 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I wish I had gotten to know Daniel. I’m sure he was a complete joy to know! He has left this world far too soon but his memory shall live on through his friendships and his food. the October soup was a wonderful choice Suzanne. It looks wonderful!

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Thanks, Renee! The soup is fabulous, and so was Daniel. I also made his chicken croquettes and whipped up a batch of Hatch Green Chile sauce to go with. They will both be on my blog this week, so hurry back!

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Shelby October 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Beautiful post Suzanne. Daniel will definitely be missed by so many. You did a beautiful job with the soup. Gorgeous photos.

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Suzanne October 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Thank you so much, Shelby. It was a delight to make it AND eat it!!

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Tandy October 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

What a great choice for the tribute! and thank you for the link love :)

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Suzanne October 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Thank you and your logo for this special event is really great. That was so thoughtful.

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Abisaac @ Gluten Free Edmonton October 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Thank you so much for such a wonderful tribute and kind words about my brother. We miss him dearly. I am slowly trying to go through the 50+ bloggers that gave a tribute and read their posts. I hope your group knows how much this means to me.

Regards,

–Abisaac Saraga

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Suzanne October 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM

He was a wonderful blessing to many of us. I am honored to have known him, if only through our on-line acquaintance. God bless you and your family.

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Amanda December 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wow what a wonderful tribute, and I had no idea so many got together to do this! Daniel was absolutely a wonderful person and I miss him. Beautiful post Suzanne.

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Suzanne December 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Thanks, Amanda. I still miss him.

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