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Soups to Keep You Warm this Winter Season

Nothing is more satisfying and comforting than a hot bowl of homemade soup especially when its chilly outside. And they come in a wide variety of cuisines, flavors and textures, so you’re sure to find something to please everyone in your family. Soups also accommodate a variety of nutritional needs, there are lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Check out some of the most popular soups below or try them all! It’s a great time to add soup night to your weekly meal plan.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy, golden soup is always one of the favorite soup recipes on Pinterest, and, better yet, it’s super healthy. It gets its creamy texture from…you guessed it…roasted butternut squash puree instead of butter or cream.

Classic French Onion Soup

The key to this classic soup is caramelizing the onions, which takes some time but is definitely worth the wait. Toasted baguette slices, rubbed with garlic and topped with melted Gruyere make this soup très bien!

Homemade Ramen

You can elevate those packets of ramen noodles to a whole new level by using fresh vegetables, making your own quick and easy broth, and topping it all with a soft-boiled egg. Want to really go the extra mile? You can make homemade ramen noodles too!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Described as pure comfort in a bowl, this light and flavorful soup is like chicken noodle soup but better. It uses orzo pasta instead of noodles and is infused with a bright lemony flavor that you’re sure to love.

Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

Spice things up a bit with this creamy, yet vegan, Indian-inspired soup, which can also be served as a curry over rice. With spices like garam masala, curry powder, and cumin, and the secret ingredient of coconut milk, this cozy soup will warm you from the inside out.

Love to cook? If you enjoy trying new recipes or mastering new techniques, Park City Culinary Institute offers hands-on, informative courses that are open to anyone who wants to learn. 

Whether you’d like to get your Professional Certificate in the Culinary Arts, Cuisine Certificate, or Pastry & Baking Certificate to prepare you for a career or just to become a better home cook, our award-winning culinary school is here for you and convenient to all of the Salt Lake City area. To learn more, visit our website, give us a call at 801-413-2800, or contact us today!


Butternut Squash, Kale, and Lentil Soup

Serves 6-8


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1″ cubes

1 1/2 cups green lentils

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 bay leaves

14.5 oz canned, diced tomatoes

8 cups vegetable broth

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 cup fresh Italian kale, ribs removed and torn into pieces


Parmesan (optional, for garnish)


1. In a large Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and celery. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, and cook for another minute. Add to butternut squash, lentils, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves, diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth and increase the heat to high, bringing the soup to a boil.

3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the butternut squash is tender and the lentils are fully cooked.

4. Remove the bay leaves. Add the red wine vinegar and kale and stir, cooking until the greens have softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. Garnish with parmesan and additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with bread and butter if desired.


How to Build a Culinary and Pastry Portfolio

If you’re looking to set yourself apart and start or advance your career in the culinary or pastry arts, you need a professional-looking culinary/pastry portfolio that’s designed to impress prospective employers. Whether you decide to create a printed piece or build a portfolio online, make sure you have the tools and knowledge you need to make it look amazing; if not, enlist some help. A great portfolio can open doors to a future in the culinary arts.

Here are some of the key components to include in your professional culinary portfolio.

About You

This section is where you can talk about how you got your passion for food, what type of cooking you specialize in, why you love to cook, and what you can bring to the table. Let prospective employers know your goals and ambitions, your inspiration and dreams for the future.

Education & Experience

This is where you can share your educational and work history. This is essentially your resume, so be sure to include any culinary training, credentials and certifications, and any work experience in the food service industry.

Food Photos

Short of tasting your amazing food, the next best thing is for employers to be able to see your food. Take beautiful, well-lit photos of your favorite dishes and specialties. Be sure they are plated perfectly and include mouth-watering descriptions.

Sample Menus

Put together some sample menus that show off your signature dishes and creative combinations that highlight your culinary flair. Menus demonstrate your ability to do more than just cook, but to create a memorable culinary experience.

Media, Awards, Reviews & Recommendations

Have you been recognized for your culinary or pastry skills? It’s time to bask in the spotlight. Share any media coverage, awards, recommendations from former instructors or employers, and even positive online reviews about your food.

A successful culinary or pastry portfolio will combine your professional experience, greatest achievements, and striking visuals to create a holistic overview of your qualifications and strengths. Whether you’re just starting out and hoping to advance your career or an executive chef looking for your next move, a well-crafted portfolio can set you apart from the competition and help you land your dream job. 

If you’re interested in earning your Professional Certificate in the Culinary Arts, Cuisine Certificate, or  Pastry & Baking Certificate, Park City Culinary Institute offers hands-on, informative courses that are open to anyone who wants to learn. Convenient to the Salt Lake City area, our award-winning culinary school can help prepare you for a career in the culinary arts. To learn more, visit our website, give us a call at 801-413-2800, or email us today!