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Bean & Tortilla Soup, Plus Miso-Maple-Jammed Sweet Potatoes

This post includes two delicious recipe "assignments" from the Cook the Book Fridays blogging group, where we work our way through Dorie Greenspan's "Everyday Dorie- The Way I Cook" book. Seriously, I am just loving this book. Whether tweaking an old standard that I know (hello hot fudge sundae...) or using ingredients I am not familiar with and had to hunt down - these recipes have been fabulous. Since I managed to mess up with two weeks we were posting this month I decided to just combine them into one post. I thought I would have a fair idea about the soup flavor but it still managed to surprise me with the heat it provides. The part of this recipe that was unusual for me was the stages or "add ins" that Dorie has us assembling our bowl of soup with. I typically expect to have all of the ingredients added to the pot, except garnishments, but we actually even add the beans of our choice to the soup bowl when we want to have a serving.  Then you add t…

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