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7 soups guaranteed to keep you warm this winter

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.


‘Like speed dating of cats’ at Purr-fecto Cat Lounge
Purr-fecto Cat Lounge

Lina Martinez with her newly adopted cat, Emmanuel, who she renamed Sullivan.

Timmy and Tommy are ready to play.

As the 2-month-old white-and-tabby brothers swat feather wands, chase toys and generally hold court inside Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, a half-dozen potential adoptive parents look on lovingly, trying to get their attention.

“This is kind of like the speed dating of cats,” said Lupita Foster, owner of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge. “I intentionally didn’t put in any tables. That’s why we call it a lounge instead of a cat café because we have these lounge areas where you can sit and relax and cuddle.”

Foster, who has owned a cleaning company, Enviromaids, for 18 years, was inspired to open Purr-fecto Cat Lounge after adopting her own cat, Romeo, from a local shelter.

“When you want to adopt a cat, you have to spend a lot of time with them to get their personality,” Foster said. “I wanted to do something to help the community and something that makes me feel good, that warms my heart. A business with a purpose. This was a perfect idea.”

Actually, a purr-fect idea.

Inspired in part by a cat lounge she visited in Los Angeles, Foster began laying the groundwork for the business in late 2021 and officially opened the doors of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, located at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., in July 2022. Since then, she’s worked with rescue organizations such as Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue and Sunshine Fund Cat Rescue to facilitate nearly 100 cat adoptions.

At any given time, there are 10-15 cats living in the space, which features an ideal blend of calm, cool corners and adorably Instagrammable backdrops with phrases such as “I want to spend all my 9 lives with you.”

Lina Martinez, 32, learned about Purr-fecto Cat Lounge from a friend’s Instagram post and made an appointment to visit two days later.

“My first impression was, ‘AWW!’” Martinez said. “The kittens were to die for. I felt happy and at peace – just what I needed.”

Visitors to the cat lounge pay $15 for a 30-minute CATXperience session or $30 for a 70-minute session that is spent getting to know the personalities of each cat. Foster said the first thing she typically sees from visitors to the lounge is a smile.

“Everybody that enters the door is smiling,” she said. “And we’ve seen people who have cried because they can’t have kids and they decide to go and adopt a cat instead.”

Foster said she loves bringing in cats who might not have a chance to be adopted at traditional shelters. She told the story of one cat named Izzy, who was partially blind, who was adopted by a family that had a deaf cat at home.

“Izzy was not going to get adopted anywhere else, but she’s extremely beautiful,” she said. “If she was in a cage in a rescue and you tell people she’s blind, she was probably going to be overlooked. But visiting our space, she doesn’t seem like she’s blind. She knows her way around. She moves around perfectly.”

Although Martinez, who had been casually looking for a pet to adopt since moving to Austin nearly four years ago, was interested in a cat named Ruby that she had seen on Purr-fecto’s social media, at the lounge she instead found herself drawn to 5-month-old mixed breed Tuxedo cat.

“I thought he was a star,” she said. “He worked the room and introduced himself to everyone. When I laid down to pet Ruby, he ran from the other side of the room and cuddled with me. It was game over. He got me.”

And she, of course, got him, complete with a commemorative photo that read “My Furrever Family” the day she took him home. Although his original name was Emmanuel, she renamed him Sullivan after her favorite DJ.

“Purr-fecto is special because of the amount of effort and love they put into taking care of the cats,” Martinez said, “and finding them good homes and making possible adopters feel at home.”

Foster, who spent a recent Thursday hosting a group of teenagers in foster care at the lounge, several of whom expressed interest in working there, said the best part about her new endeavor is that her heart is always full.

“I just feel complete,” she said. “I always felt as an entrepreneur that I was missing something. I knew I accomplished a lot, but in my heart I was missing a little connection with the community. Now I’m creating connections between humans and pets and that’s amazing. I’m creating family bonds. It’s just about love, you know. And we need that.”

Austin's 7 Best Indian Restaurants

We all have those cravings for an amazing butter chicken or some authentic dosas with coconut chutney, but when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to satisfy my taste buds I realized that my list of great Indian food around Austin was surprisingly short. After doing some research and asking around, here is your list of the best Indian restaurants around town.

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