I love to cook and as soon as we get one of those rainy Pacific Northwest days, I’m in my kitchen making soup. I would have to say that my love of soup came from my mom. Growing up, my mom made us pho year round. Pho is actually a breakfast staple for most southeast Asian cultures. It requires hours of simmering and I love that each bowl can be so different due to the many toppings and sauces that are actually added after the soup is served. I love a giant handful of bean sprouts, a squeeze of lime and few dashes of fresh ground black pepper. Over the years however, I’ve grown accustomed to more Americanized style soups such as chicken noodle and clam chowder, but nothing beats a bowl of homemade pho from my mom. If my mom calls me on Friday night to tell me she will be making pho, I will rearrange my whole weekend for it. Yes, it’s that good!
At home however, I still have yet to conquer pho, but I have been obsessing over a few other soups. I recently made Chicken and Gnocchi soup, which had a rich and creamy broth and tender soft gnocchi (think of chicken and dumplings). I also enjoy making Zuppa Toscana, which is an Olive Garden copy cat, this soup has kale and potatoes with rich creamy broth as well. Another amazing soup I enjoy making is Chicken Tortilla, I love the texture that crispy tortillas add to the soup and the cold sour cream and avocados served on top, I also love the way that Chicken Tortilla makes my kitchen smell with its cooked onion, carrots and celery. Another easy soup that I love making is Butternut Squash Bisque. In my recipe I add apples, curry powder, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. First I roast the butternut squash and then I cook it in broth add cream to give it a rich texture.
Now that I’ve shared my love of soup, I think I’ve got my weekend planned…that is, unless my mom calls and tells me she’s making pho.
Hi! My name is Rithy (pronounced “Raw-Tee”). I am the Lending Product and System Specialist for Verity Credit Union. Although I am new to Verity Credit Union, I have worked for Not for Profit Credit Unions for over eight years (and counting). My previous roles included everything from Teller, Loan Processor, Shared Branch Administrator, Accounting to Credit Analyst. In 2011, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in Communications and Social Sciences. I love my current role at Verity Credit Union. I am responsible for research and development of new loan products and assist in managing our loan operating systems. I am learning new things every day and that excites me!
I live in Seattle and enjoy eating and running, but preferably not at the same time (trust me, gets too messy). I’m lucky enough to say I got to marry my best friend, who also happens to enjoy eating and running. In my free time, I also love to cook and spend time with family and friends. My family loves to get together and celebrate, and we celebrate in the best way possible, with lots and lots of food! Even when I’m not celebrating with family, I often find myself cooking meals for at least 6 people, even though it’s just for my husband and me. My love for food is also the main reason in why I enjoy to run!