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Is there such a thing as eating too much soup? With a cold week ahead of us, we hope to consume as much soup as possible, whether it's herb-filled vegan soups for lunch or a hearty, flavorful one for dinner.
So with the idea of soup, and more soup on our minds, here are seven recipes guaranteed to keep you and your family warm and cozy:
French onion soup with Gruyere toasts
With the colder weather hitting Austin, we can finally use it as an excuse to eat French onion soup everyday. The mouthwatering feeling of gruyere goodness to top off the onions and herb filled taste is enough to cure any bad day. You can pair this delicious soup with a red wine and consume as many bowls as you need to—we won't judge.
This easy recipe will only take up one hour of your time and will have you so obsessed you might end up making it regularly.
You can find the recipe for the French onion soup with Gruyere toasts here.
Mexican red pork soup with hominy (pozole rojo)
If you've never had the pleasure of trying pozole, you're in for a treat with this recipe.
Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup or stew dating back to Aztec times containing hominy (white corn kernels, which have been acidified) and corn. The original variation of pozole rojo, is filled with red spices and hominy to create a rich taste that will satisfy your taste buds completely.
Although a bit more time consuming, this is a recipe that everyone should try. The smell alone will be enchanting to your home and will surely keep your tummy warm and happy.
You can find the recipe for the poloze rojo here.
Spicy peanut soup with sweet potato and kale
Most soup lovers understand the time and effort it takes to make a delicious dish. If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe, try making this spicy peanut soup with sweet potato and kale.
With a 20 minute cook time, it can be argued this is an everyday recipe. After tasting the creaminess balanced with spice and so many flavors, you will want another bowl to pair up with your night out on the couch. Pair this soup with bread, because who doesn't love bread.
You can find the recipe for the spicy peanut soup with sweet potato and kale here.
Roasted garlic, white chicken lasagna soup
A roasted garlic white chicken lasagna soup? Talk about comfort. This recipe is perfect for pasta lovers who are looking for something a little more creamy and completely flavorful.
Anything with roasted garlic has a special place in our hearts, and this soup is unlike any other. The creaminess of the white sauce with mushrooms and a slight flavor burst of nutmeg is so comforting you might not be able to get up after enjoying this for dinner.
This recipe only takes 45 minutes to make and will satisfy anyone in your home.
You can find the recipe for the roasted garlic white chicken lasagna soup here.
Creamy white bean soup with kale and gremolata
We love one-pot soups on cold days because it's easy to clean up and even easier to make. This creamy white bean soup with kale and gremolata is completely vegan, creamy, hearty and everything your taste buds didn't know they needed.
With so many fragrant notes and fresh flavors in this soup, it can be made for anytime of day. Taking about one hour to make, this soup is made with everyday ingredients.
You can find the recipe for the creamy white bean soup with kale and gremolata here.
Classic broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowls
Because all food is comfort food, it's hard to find a recipe that is actually stereotyped as a classic comfort dish. That is until you try this classic broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowls.
There is nothing that pairs up with cold weather better than warm soup and bread. This recipe will pop up into your mind as you start your day and it will be the only thing you can think of until you have a big bowl of creamy goodness.
This recipe is easy to make, is so tasty and will warm every inch of your body as you enjoy the cold afternoon.
You can find the recipe for the classic broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowls here.
Moroccan butternut squash and goat cheese soup with coconut ginger cream and pistachios
Looking to try something completely out of your comfort zone? Add this recipe of a Moroccan butternut squash and goat cheese soup to your list.
This recipe is a mouthful in the best way possible. Filled with the amazing flavors of butternut squash, goat cheese, coconut ginger cream and pistachios, no creamy soup lover can resist this recipe. Let's also not deny that goat cheese is the best thing ever.
With a one hour cook time, it seems too good to be true. Pairing soup with pomegranate and coconut ginger cream can seem strange, until you try the first bite and become completely enamored with the creaminess and overpowering flavors.
You can find the recipe for the Moroccan butternut squash and goat cheese soup with coconut ginger cream and pistachios here.
Want to see one of these made?
Head to @austonianews on Instagram at 6 p.m. Wednesday where Austonia's Isabella Lopes will recreate one of these mouth-watering soups on IG stories.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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