Sweet (or Savory) Raspberry Soup

Raspberry soup is one of my favorite dishes! I first made this with a friend some time last spring and it has since then been a great addition to many summer evenings outside and special occasions. With it’s beautiful pink color, the dish makes a perfect starter or dessert for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The soup is very versatile: it’s sweet enough to serve at the end of the meal but can also make for a delicious and healthy starter. Whatever you choose to serve it as, it’s sure to impress guests with both it’s rich flavor and enticing looks.

When making this, it’s important to plan ahead: though it takes only a few minutes to whip up, it does need to chill for two to three hours. It will stay for a day or two in the refrigerator, though, so feel free to make it the day or ahead or quickly before work one morning.
One quick warning: if you make it with frozen raspberries, allow them to defrost so that they don’t stop up the blender.
raspberry soup
You will need:
-4 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
-1/4 cup of cranberry juice
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1 cup of low-fat yogurt
-Mint, ygourt, and extra raspberries to garnish

Begin by blending the sugar, juice, and raspberries in a blender until you have a smooth consistency. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the yogurt. Cover and let chill for 2-3 hours. Serve and add garnish as desired.
Enjoy!

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Berno Hut Pizza

Pizza, Pizza! We take pizza pretty seriously in the Berno household. We’re not ones to order out, though; we make personal pizzas from scratch! With so many toppings to choose from, homemade dough, and a relatively quick cooking time, the mini pizzas are perfect for family and friends on the weekend. Plus, since everyone creates their own, no one has any toppings they don’t want!

To make them, you can use either homemade dough (recipe below) or store bought dough. Roll it out into the size you want and brush with olive oil. Bake for about 4 minutes at 400F. Remove from oven and add whatever toppings you want. Return the pizzas to the oven and bake for another 15-18 minutes. Watch them- cooking time varies depending on thickness and amount of toppings).

Personally, I love veggie pizzas with little cheese but feel free to add whatver you want. Some ideas include: carrots, mushrooms, garlic, olives, onion, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, broccolis, beans, squash, zucchini, marinara, tomato saucse, pesto, brie, mozzerella, ricotta, cheddar, feta, parmesan, basil, oregano, chives, parsely, sausage, pepperoni, chicken,  and turkey. Go crazy!

Homemade Pizza Dough

3 cups flour

-1 tsp salt

-1 packet RapidRise Yeast

-1 cup warm water (120-130F)

-3 tbls olive oil

Directions: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water and oil, stirring until combined. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth and elasticy (about 4-6 minutes). Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.

The dough can be made hours ahead of time so long as you keep it covered. Extra dough can be frozen for future use.

Bon Appetit!