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Chris Jones ...the art & business of writing


a different take ...visual artist a.e.bayne


brandon newton & there


porch talk 3

kelly pawlick’s city soup


on the in fredericksburg Messages


on the trails:: peace like a river


downtown buzz: making spirits bright


tell...the gift that keeps on giving


empowerhouse sheltering survivors of domestic abuse


vino: hal bell’s micro-winery


season’s bounty: holiday dessert table


Cooking with Kyle ‘’tis the season:


color me orange: citrus red #2


Calendar of events



history’s stories.: civil war christmas


a 19th century christmas @ ellwood manor


companions: dog on athletics


mind your mind: holiday blues renew: fitness & nutrition is for the mind, too!


Senior Care: seniors & religion


wellness: happy december emancipated patients: on the road again


art in the ’burg: ponshop holiday show


stories of fredericksburg: michael lewis


porchlight: she was 64


fxbg music scene: measure by measure


fpcug: technology for non-profits


fredericksburg sketches


poetryman autoknown better from my porch: why i believe in santa claus

By a.e. bAYNE


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A Home Cook Goes Rogue


Fxbgers: Ruth Spratt, MWH’s loyal volunteer


habitat for heroes: homes for veterans


candlelight tour: dec. 12-13 Cover By David Kennedy

The promise of a home cooked meal is rooted in nurturing and love. We so often forget this promise in the rush of modern life. Do we care for our loved ones and ourselves the way we should? What’s in a meal? In Kelly Pawlik’s mind, quite a lot. City Soup has been going strong for a year now. It’s a simple system that requires mountains of prep work and delivery hours on Pawlik’s part, but which provides a nourishing solution for an ever-expanding base clientele. People want to feel cared for in the rush of the day. Pawlik’s one-woman show requires her to shop, prepare, cook, deliver, clean and recycle each week. She

says it’s turned into a six day-a-week job with orders that ebb and flow. She has a number of regular clients, and others that order from time to time. Every week is different. Pawlik is technically certified as a home producer, so she is able to run City Soup much like a farmer’s market vendor. She plans her batches of soup per order, always using the freshest i n g r e d i e n t s possible. Favorite local sources for ingredients include Blenheim Organic Gardens, Fredericskburg CSA, and Green Thumb Growers. Pawlik adds, “Beyond being organic, vegetarian or vegan, many of my clients order from me because they know I’m aware of food allergies. Most of the time the soup is even gluten free. I don’t use pasta. It just doesn’t convey well upon reheating.”

These criteria make Pawlik’s recipes unique. She says her philosophy about food is similar to Julia Child’s: the recipe doesn’t have to be fancy or involved; it just has to be made with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Pawlik explains, “None of my soups are necessarily hard to make, nor are they gourmet; however, my clients are becoming more aware of how food is produced. They don’t want chemicals or preservatives. I’ve been aware of that and have cooked that way for over 20 years, so I have insight I can share with them about the ingredients in my soups.” Pawlik says that City Soup receives the most requests for her potato leek recipes, her Hungarian mushroom soup, and Orbits’ Vegetarian Chili, a proprietary recipe she retained after managing Orbits Restaurant when it claimed the space that is now Colonial Tavern. Since her ingredients are seasonal, Pawlik’s asparagus soups, made with Snead’s Farm asparagus from in Spotsylvania, makes a four-week heavy rotation when it’s in season. Other examples of seasonal favorites include

watermelon gazpacho and a mushroom lemon orzo salad in the summer. Feeling hungry yet? Pawlik’s delivery service is simple. Just head over to City Soup’s Facebook page/eatcitysoup where you’ll find the soups of the week. Respond in the comment section with your order. Pawlik will confirm and deliver your soup between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday. You will leave a check for her to pick up when she makes the delivery. Each quart is $12, no matter the recipe. Pawlik notes that City Soup can be kept for 8-10 days in the refrigerator and can be transferred to freezer bags for longer storage of up to a few months in the freezer. Hang onto the jars so you can recycle them with Pawlik when she brings you your next order. She does like to get those jars back. Pawlik laughs, “I don’t get every jar back, but most of my customers are environmentally conscious, so they send them on back.” A.E. Bayne is a writer and visual artist who has lived in Fredericksburg for seventeen years. She is the editor of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review

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Front Porch Fredericksburg - December 2015  

Front Porch Fredericksburg - December 2015