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When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

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December 01, 2008

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup
Serves 4 (amounts for 1 serving are in parentheses)


12 oz. (3 oz.) of green split peas, rinsed and drained
2T (2 tsp) butter
1C (1/4c) onion, finely chopped
Lg pinch salt (sm pinch salt)
1 tsp (1/4 tsp) garlic, minced
1T (½ tsp) curry powder
5C (1-1/4 c) chicken stock

Melt butter, soften onion without browning, add salt and garlic and saute briefly. 
Add curry, stock and peas and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook
for 45 minutes or til breaking apart.  Add pepper to taste and puree peas as much as desired.

NOTE: The butter and curry amounts for 1 serving are less than 1/4 of the full recipe.  I
found the full amount of butter unnecessary and the full amount of curry a little spicy.

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