shishito soup

My daughter was craving shishito peppers. She wanted to drive 40 minutes to the nearest Trader Joe’s to get some. But I wouldn’t go. There is a pandemic! My small-town grocery store feels much safer, especially at 6am.

And what happens a week after she moves out of state? My small-town grocery store has shishito peppers.

I understood her simple recipe of blistering the peppers in olive oil and sprinkling with salt, but it just didn’t fit into the meal schedule. I was craving soup and could it have anything to do with the -9 windchill weather we are having? Yes – that is a negative sign before the 9.

Naturally, I googled to find a recipe, but found nothing. So here it is. Delicious – and completely made up by me.

shishito soup

A creamy base mushroom soup with amazing flavor
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mushroom, shishito
Servings: 4
Calories: 242kcal
Cost: $6


  • small stock pot


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 shishito peppers wash; cut off stems; cut into .5" pieces
  • 8 oz fresh raw mushrooms slice
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tsp L.B. Jamison's chicken flavored soup base
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil in stock pot. Blister pepper slices and sprinkle with salt. Remove peppers from pan.
    Add the butter to the pan and sauté mushrooms and shallots for five minutes. Stir in flour to coat the mushrooms, then slowly add milk while stirring. Add thyme, bullion, and blistered peppers. Cook on medium and stir until there is a low boil and broth has thickened.
    That's it. So easy and so good.


This soup is easy to make and has amazing flavor. 

I’m already dreaming about another shishito soup recipe – maybe beef base with a hint of tomato.

Stay warm!


I’ve always wanted to try this. Now I have time.

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I’ve grown avocado pits before. My most successful “tree” got to be 12″ before I neglected it. It takes a long time for the pit to show any growth… maybe three weeks? I can see the brown outer skin on the large one is starting to crack. A sprout may be poking through soon. I used some toothpicks to keep the pit upright. This is the first time I have a vase like this. I had received it a couple years ago with tulip bulbs in it.

avocado pits
experimental orange seed

I remember my grandma ruby had an orange tree in her living room. I think it was at least several feet tall. It seems like I remember smelling it, but I may be confusing driving through the orange groves in Florida.

So a little potting soil inside an eggshell. A little dirt in the bowl will hold it upright. I admit, I don’t read things thoroughly or follow directions. I read something about nutrients in the eggshell and when the sprout is ready to transplant, crack the shell a little so the roots can explore.

You won’t get facts here. It’s all random, experimental and no disappointment if it fails.

potato fail

speaking of fails, the potato thing didn’t work. even though i changed the water frequently, the potatoes rotted and smelled horrible. I’ll try to find a safe way to get to the greenhouse for some real starter potatoes. curbside pickup?

sweet potato brownies

sounded really good and healthy. the batter tasted like chocolate sweet potatoes–go figure. So before baking, i added some brown sugar, vanilla, an egg and gluten free flour.  i did eventually eat the whole pan–so they weren’t too bad.