Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

February 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1-2 cups red cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, chopped course
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons smoked paprika ( Turkish variety if you can get your hands on it!)2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups red lentils
2 cups water
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Yogurt
Fire Hot Yemini Zhug (recipe follows)

Directions

Heat oven to 400 ° F.  In a small thin bottomed pan on medium heat, toast the spices until they start to pop and char slightly, making sure to shake the pan and flip the seeds/spices so they don’t burn and stick.  The process should take about 1 minute in total.  Using a mortar and pestle grind the spices into a course mixture, like course pepper.  If you do not have a mortar and pestle you can use a flat bowl  on a wooden cutting board to push down and crack, sliding the bowl over the seeds until they care crushed.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, and shallots and sprinkle the spice mixture over the top.  Add in the smoked paprika and the salt and stir.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss until all the tomatoes are well coated in the spices and oil.  Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked and slightly charred on the edges.

In a heavy bottom pan combine the lentils and the water and cook on medium high heat until most the water is absorbed and the lentils begin to soften.  Add a little salt, the roasted tomatoes, making sure to get all the scraping from the roasting pan,  and the vegetable broth and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, making sure to add more water if the soup begins to get too thick.  Take off heat and let sit for about 30 minutes before re-heating to serve, again adding more water before re-heating if the soup is to thick.  Serve garnished with a yogurt dollop and zhug sauce drizzled over the top.

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FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 cardamom pod, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½  teaspoon caraway seeds
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.  Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  Use on eggs, meats, fish and vegetables.

Winter Herb Soup Sticks

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 bread sticks

Ingredients

Basic Pizza Dough (Ger-Nis)
2 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup parmesan, grated
1 tablespoon black quinoa, toasted
Maldon salt (flake sea salt)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare 1 batch of Ger-Nis Pizza Dough. In a blender add the garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and parmesan. Blend until smooth. Shape the pizza dough in 24 long thin sticks (5 inches long and about ½ inch thick). Twist the breadsticks holding each side and twisting in opposite directions. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with the garlic mixture well and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and sprinkle immediately with a combination of  the Maldon salt and toasted black quinoa.

Winter Herbal Pasta E Fagoili Soup with Fresh Pesto

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8 -12

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped medium

2 celery ribs, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

1-2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
6 cups vegetables stock
1 cup cannellini beans, pre cooked or canned
1 (15 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable stock

1 small piece of parmesan rind

1 cup ditalini pasta (or small pasta)

1 cup fresh English peas
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped

Soy Nut Pesto*

Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.  Next add the carrots, celery and fresh herbs.  Season with salt.  Add the beans and the tomatoes and stir well.  Add the stock and the Parmesan rind and decrease heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes.  Add the pasta and cook about five minutes.  Then add the peas and cook about five minutes more. Add the fresh spinach turn off heat and keep covered for 8 minutes.  Stir. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Spring Pea Soup with Chive Blossom Croutons and Pea Flowers

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium white spring onions, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 cups fresh spring peas, shelled
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
13 cup dry white wine
4 cups fresh spring pea stock (recipe follows)
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Black pepper
Heavy cream
Chive Croutons (recipe follows)
Pea tendrils & flowers for garnish

Directions

Heat a soup pan with a little olive oil (covering the bottom of the pan) to a medium high heat and add garlic and spring onions. Add the lemon zest and continue to sauté for 3-4 minutes or until onions and garlic are translucent. Add the peas, parsley, sugar, lemon juice, white wine and pea stock and bring to a boil. Cook for exactly two minutes and then take out fresh peas and plunge into an ice bath (it is okay for other ingredients to get caught up in this process). Strain the pea mixture and set aside. Allow the stock to cool to room temperature. Combine the stock, the pea mixture and the fresh mint leaves and blend in batches until the entire batch is blended and smooth. Warm the soup just before serving to a lukewarm temperature. Serve with a few dollops of heavy cream and Chive Croutons with some pea tendrils and flowers as garnish.

Spring Pea Stock

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, green and white parts
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves and stems
2-3 cups pods from fresh peas
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Melt butter in a soup pot with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. On a medium high heat sauté the garlic, lemon zest and green onions for a few minutes or until onions are semi-translucent. Add the parsley and mint and sauté a few more minutes. Add the pea pods and water and stir. Bring to a boil and add salt and pepper. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. Strain and reserve liquid.

Chive Blossom Croutons

Makes 2 cups of croutons

Ingredients

2 cups cubed white bread (1½ inch cubes)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chive blossom flowers
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, making sure that the bread cubes are totally covered with butter. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, turning as needed and until slightly browned on all sides. Allow to cool.

Chicken & Herb Dumpling Soup

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
13 cup white wine (use wine chosen for wine pairing)
3 cups light herbal onion stock
1 cup of the following herbs de-stemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings, recipe follows

Directions

In a large heavy bottom stew skillet, heat olive and butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minutes until translucent. Add chicken and green onions and sauté until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, turnips and salt and pepper. Deglaze pan with white wine and add light herbal onion stock and herbs, including bay leaves. Bring to a boil and turn to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile prepare dumplings, see recipe that follows. Add the cream, cayenne, nutmeg and spinach. Drop spoonfuls of the Herb Dumpling dough over the top of the soup and let cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered and not stirring until the dumplings are cooked through.

Herb Dumplings

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed very small
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and using fingers make a crumbly mixture. Add milk, cayenne and herbs and mix well, adding more flour if needed in order to make a slightly sticky but manageable dough.

Nissa’s Gumbo Z’Herbes

February 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

When Jimmy’s No. 43 came-a-calling with their Gumbo contest in celebration of Mardi Gras and benefitting Chefs for the Marcellus, an organization of food professionals who are fighting against hydrofracking for natural gas in NY in order to protect food and water supplies, I knew I needed something special.  Certainly it is “my thing” to want to offer a unique take on any recipe, so I started my quest to come up with the perfect gumbo for this event, something that represented me and the region we are trying to protect.  Staying true to who we are is important and for gumbo in NYC and in February, it can be tough, when there isn’t a lot of fresh okra and peppers, and not much of any local produce in general.  With this in mind, through my research I came across a traditional recipe called Gumbo Z’Herbes, a version of gumbo often served during lent when Catholics abstain from meat.  This was a great idea for me, as not only is the traditional Gumbo Z’Herbes filled with greens (which our local farmers do have right now) and herbs (which is “my thing”), but it is also a vegetarian and vegan dish, and I always try and prove that eating less meat is possible and when I get the chance to prove that meat can be vacant from even the meatiest dishes, I take it. The idea of winning a gumbo contest with a vegan entry, I thought seemed quite radical!  Gumbo Z’Herbes is made with a variety of greens and like mustard, turnip, beet, kale spinach and kale. Also included in the dish are plenty of herbs like arugula, parsley, chives and often some of the more unconventional greens like cabbage, carrot tops and even lettuce. There are a few rules that I learned exist in a typical Gumbo Z ‘Herbes: the number one rule that you must use an odd number of greens for good luck and an opportunity to make a new friend. Second, you must puree at least half the greens as it is supposed to be like a big bowl of tasty mush.  And third, it is made like a traditional gumbo with a roux and file powder as an extra thickening agent.  My version is obviously loaded with fresh herbs and adds extra depth by using a deep and rich roasted red onion stock.  I also added a pop of color to my version with some carrots I found that are arriving a bit early this year because of our mild winter.  I will let you know if it wins or places, but the moral of the story is to stay true and learn something new and eat less meat when you can!

UPDATE: Winner of Most Creative Gumbo

Nissa’s Gumbo Z’Herbes
Serves 12

Ingredients

8 cups roasted red onion & herb stock (recipe follows)
2 cups of each of the following greens, destemmed (stems can be used for stock) and chopped fine: collards, beets, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, kale and chard
Canola or grapeseed oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 yellow onions, chopped fine
2 red chili peppers, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium leek, halved and sliced thin (green and white parts)
3 medium carrots, chopped small
3 ribs of celery, chopped fine
2 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
½ cup dry vermouth or white wine
½ cup brown mustard roux (recipe follows)
1 ½  cups of each of the following (leaves only) parsley, watercress, rocolla, romaine lettuce (chopped) and spinach
3 fresh bay leaves
File powder (optional)
Fluffy white rice
Spicy red or green hot sauce

Directions

Place the roasted onion stock and hearty greens in a big soup pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a medium low boil and continue to cook until tender, about 30 minutes.  Strain, reserve liquid and set greens in a bowl on the side.  In a clean, large soup pot, heat enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan generously to a medium high heat.  Add the garlic, onions and chili peppers and sauté until the onions are just beginning to brown, or about 5 minutes.  Add the leeks and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.  Next add the carrots, celery, fresh thyme and oregano and continue to sauté for a few more minutes.  Add all of the spices, making sure you are still stirring well and that all the spices have time to incorporate and cover the vegetables.  Deglaze the pan with the vermouth or white wine making sure to scrape all the little stuck “bits” to the bottom of the pan to “loosen” everything up.  Turn the burner to a medium heat and slowly start to spoon a little of the brown mustard roux into the vegetable, stirring well until all the roux is incorporated.  Allow the mixture to cook a little longer, stirring the entire time.  Add the remaining greens into the mixture and stir.  Add the reserved liquid (the roasted red onion & herb cooking stock). Stir the mixture well and if necessary use a whisk to make sure the roux is incorporated nicely.  Bring the gumbo to a low boil and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.  Take about 4-5 cups of the mixture and puree in a food processor (carefully as it will be hot) until smooth and creamy.  Place the pureed mixture back into the pot and mix well.  Turn the heat off and let stand for about 10 minutes. Serve over white rice with a pinch of file powder and Cajun Picadillo and hot sauce of choice!

Roasted Red Onion & Herb Stock
Makes about 8 cups of stock

Ingredients

2 medium red onions, quartered
1 leek chopped
Olive oil
Salt
Black pepper
9 cups water
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Handful of chives
Handful of parsley
Stems of greens

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 450° F.  Place the onions and leeks on a baking tray and season with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place in the oven and bake until just beginning to char.  Remove and place in a soup stock with 9 cups of water and the fresh herbs.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer, allowing to simmer for 15-20 minutes maximum.  Take off heat, strain and discard stock ingredients, reserving liquid.

Brown Mustard Roux
Makes 1 cup

Let’s face it, a roux is not easy to make.  Anyone can definitely do it and it’s certainly worth the process.  I have found a few tricks that help me make my roux “fool proof”, one of which is based on the goldilocks theory of not making too much and not making too little, but finding just the right amount. Roux is a simple two ingredient dish, flour and oil in equal parts.  I find that 1 cup is the perfect amount for me.  Another trick I like is using a cast iron pan. I have a much higher success rate with roux by using cast iron pans, although I don’t know the reason or science behind why.  Never use olive oil, typically canola oil is the best, but I will admit that I’ve had good luck with grapeseed oil as well. Lastly, the best tip I ever received was to make sure the pan is cold when you start.  Because I like to make things a little tricky for myself, sometimes I like to put some of my flavoring agents for whatever dish I am making in my roux. I feel like it gives an underlying subtly of flavor to my dish when done this way, but I am a gambler in the kitchen, unlike most!

Ingredients

½ cup canola oil
½ tablespoon brown mustard seeds, crushed fine with a mortar and pestle
½ teaspoon all spice seeds, crushed fine with a mortar and pestle
2 cloves, crushed fine with a mortar and pestle
½ cup flour

Directions

In a medium-sized (well seasoned) cast iron skillet, place the oil, spices and flour.  Heat the pan to low and stir. You will stir for what feels like forever but you cannot stop until it is finished!  This can take between 20-30 minutes.  The roux will move through various stages of color, from a light yellowish to a brown to a deep amber brown.  Make sure you continue to stir and that you do not burn the mixture, keep the burner on very low.  Once the roux takes the right color on, the deeper the color the richer the roux, take it off the heat and continue to stir for about 3-4 minutes while it cools, ensuring that it does not brown. The mixture should not be too thick; it should resemble a cream of wheat cereal texture.  The mixture can then be stored in the refrigerator or used right away.

Nissa’s Green Chili Tabasco
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 green bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic
½ cup water
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 3 lemons
5 serrano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, combine bell peppers, jalapeño, garlic, and water.   Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a blender and vinegar, lemons, lemon zest, fresh herbs and spices and blend until super smooth.  Strains using a fine mesh strainer and pushing all ingredients through.  Season to taste with salt. The sauce will keep up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Ger-Nis Louisiana Hot Sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 red cayenne peppers, chopped (seeds included)
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon smoked alder salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
3  red cayenne peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, combine red bell peppers, raw cayenne peppers, garlic, salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a blender and add lemon juice, lemon zest, white onion, spices, herbs and roasted cayenne peppers. Blend until super smooth and then push through a fine mesh strainer.  Season to taste with salt and or lemon juice.  The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.



Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken
Juice and zest of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Soup

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken stock
4 small fresh corn tortillas, sliced in thin strips

Directions

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños and spiced. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes on low ansd until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese.

Hot & Sour Thai Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Koong)

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
¼ cup lemon grass bulb, chopped & smashed
3 kfir lime leaves, crinkled (optional)
1 tablespoon galangal root, peeled and chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 tablespoon coriander root, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
12 medium prawns or shrimp, peeled and tails removed
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1-2 Thai chilies, sliced
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup straw mushrooms
5 green onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Heat a large heavy bottom soup pan to high heat and add oils. Add the lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, ginger, coriander root and cook until beginning to brown. Turn the heat to medium high and add red chili paste and sugar and mix well. Add the srimp and cook a bit tossing into the mixture. Remove the shrimp from the pan when cooked, after about 15 minutes max. Add the lime juice, chilies and tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Luccan Farro Soup

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive oil
1/2 cup pancetta, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 small leek, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 cup farro, cooked
11/2 cups white beans, cooked
2 cups hearty vegetable stock
3 teaspoons salt 
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
Pecorino Romano

Directions

In a large soup pot heat up a bit of oil to medium high heast, covering the bottom of the pan. Add the pancetta, yellow onions, and garlic and saute a few minutes. Add the celery, leek and carrots and continue to saute for about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, the farro and the white beans and add the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and reduce temperature to medium low and cook for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables and farro are tender. Season with salt and pepper and add the herbs. Turn the pot off and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve garnished with freshly grated Pecorino Romano!

Ramen in Spicy Seafood Broth

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen Noodles
1 head garlic, cloves separated and smashed
1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into paper-thin rings (with its seeds)
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed from leaves and reserved, leaves coarsely chopped (about ½ cup)
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas
1 medium carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced thin on the bias
12 little neck clams, scrubbed
1 pint dry sea scallops
½ cup white miso
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 5 cups of water, the garlic, jalapeño, cilantro stems and wine and to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and return the broth to the saucepan, remove from heat.

2. In a separate pan of boiling water cook the ramen, drain in a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain well and set aside.

3. Bring the broth to a simmer. Add the peas, carrot, scallops, and clams with their juices, simmer 2 minutes.

4. In a sieve placed directly into the broth, add the miso and press into the soup using a rubber spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Simmer for 1 minute.

5. Re-heat the ramen in the sieve under hot running water. Drain well and divide among 4 deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the ramen, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramen in Curried Coconut Broth

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen Noodles
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium)
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4 cups)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander, preferably freshly ground
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1 lime cut into wedges, for serving
½ cup roughly chopped cilantro, chopped, for serving

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt to taste. Cook the ramen then drain well. Divide the noodles amond 4 deep bowls.

2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sauté until softened, for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Add the sweet potato, garlic, cayenne, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, the coconut milk, and 2 teaspoons of salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

4. Divide the ramen noodles among 4 deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the noodles season the bowls with lime, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Roasted Chicken Stock

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 pounds chicken wings, each chopped into 3-4 pieces
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
8 cloves garlic peeled and left whole
2 stalks of celery, chopped
6 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

1. Place oven rack in lowest position and preheat oven to 500°F.

2. Combine the chicken and oil in a roasting pan or saute pan large enough to hold it in a single layer.

3. Roast for 45 minutes stirring occasionally until the chicken is nicely browned. Add the vegetables and thyme and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to the oven and roast 20 minutes.

4. Place the pan on the stove top and slowly add the water. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain into a clean pan. Boil the stock over high heat until reduced to 4 cups.

5. Strain the stock in to a shallow dish and refrigerate or freeze until the fat has congealed. Skim of and discard the fat before using.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramen Noodles in Quick Roasted Chicken Broth and Crispy Shallots

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen
4 cups roasted chicken broth
Crispy shallots
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Chopped parsley

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt to taste. Cook the ramen then drain well. Divide the noodles among 4 deep bowls.

2. Heat the chicken stock in a pan. Ladle the broth over the noodles and serve topped with crispy shallots, fresh ground black pepper and chopped parsley.

Crispy Shallots

Ingredients

½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 heaping cup shallots, sliced into thin rounds
Pinch red pepper flakes
½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces), plus additional for serving
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions

1. Heat the vegetable and olive oils in a small sauté pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots (if the oil does not cover the shallots add more). Cook slowly, stirring often, until the shallots are a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Regulate the heat to prevent burning.

2. Transfer the shallots to paper towels to drain, reserving the oil. Sprinkle the shallots with sea salt and red pepper flakes.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ tablespoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Chilled Tomato Soup

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8-10 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
6 large basil leaves
Garden caviar (recipe follows)

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add one large basil leaf to the top of each soup, gently spoon some of the garden caviar on top of the basil leaf for garnish.

Garden Caviar
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

Ingredients

1 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
Zest of 1-2 limes (reserve half of the cream fraiche)
3 medium carrots, chopped, peels on
1 cup water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic and onions for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and water and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime créme fraiche and garnish with cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Lime Créme Fraiche

Makes 2 tablespoons

Ingredients

2 tablespoons créme fraiche
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch of lime zest
½ tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 loaf ciabatta bread
Olive oil
Salt
2 ham hocks, raw or smoked
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 leek, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 cups white wine
1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley, Grains of Paradise, or black pepper)
2 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken
2 cups fresh peas

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the ciabatta into 1″ squares. Toss with olive oil and salt onto a baking sheet and place into oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

In a 1 gallon stock pot, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Bring to a medium-high heat and sear the ham hocks until golden brown. If the ham hocks are smoked, you can just go to the next step and add the hocks later. Add to the stock pot the onion and sweat for about a minute. Then add in the celery and sweat for another minute. Now add in your leeks and garlic and sweat again for another minute or two. Try to do this without getting any color on the vegetables. Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the white wine and reduce heat to a medium flame. Reduce wine for about 3 minutes. If using smoked ham hocks, add them now as well as the bouquet garni and stock. Bring stock to a simmer and let cook for about 45-60 minutes. Add in the fresh peas during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking or until soft and remove ham hock. Using an immersion blender, purée soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve with croutons. Use extra parsley for garnish.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fien
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fien
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
3 cups baby spinach
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Roll about a tablespoon of mixture at a time into 1-inch balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery, fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook until vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For spring vegetable minestrone

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups arugula leaves, chopped

For the herb pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add vegetable stock, thyme, carrots, celery, asparagus, and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes. Add peas, beans and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes more. Add arugula and cook just until wilted. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto.

For the herb pesto

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in blender. Stream in olive oil while blending and combine.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes, cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook leeks and onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add artichoke hearts, potatoes, and stock. Place bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems in cheesecloth, tie and add to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ingredients are cooked through and flavors have melted together. Remove herbs in cheese cloth. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Heat soup, and add butter. Taste for salt and serve.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté a few minutes. Add the lemon thyme and sauté until the asparagus is soft. Add the vegetable stock, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree into a smooth soup. Slowly blend in the heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook leeks and onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add artichoke hearts, potatoes, and stock. Place bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems in cheesecloth, tie and add to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ingredients are cooked through and flavors have melted together. Remove herbs in cheese cloth. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Heat soup, and add butter. Taste for salt and serve.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Italian Herb Gremolata, recipe follows

DIRECTIONS

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll about a tablespoon of the mixture into balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook till vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve drizzled with mixed herb gremolata.

Italian Herb Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For spring vegetable minestrone

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rined
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups arugula leaves, chopped

For the herb pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add vegetable stock, carrots, celery, asparagus and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes. Add peas, beans, and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes more. Add arugula and cook just until wilted. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto.

For the herb pesto

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in blender. Stream in olive oil while blending and combine.

Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic, onions and ginger for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth or water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime pesto and garnish with a few toasted pumpkin seeds.

Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil (optional)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a blender mix all ingredients until smooth and desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the cumin and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat, and cool for a few minutes.
Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth.
Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime cream, and serve.

Cilantro-Lime Cream

Makes a ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half

DIRECTIONS

In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. Cook shallots, yellow onion, parsnips, apple and thyme until onions are translucent and the parsnips and apple are lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes. Add broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until parsnips and apples are soft and can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender. Slowly add the half & half while blending until smooth and creamy.

White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ pound (about 1½ cups) cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, over medium low heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions until translucent, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the drained white beans, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and vegetable broth. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until the beans are very soft. Remove the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Pass the soup through a food mill or use an immersion blender to puree. Return the soup to the pot to reheat and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the soup

1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup sweet Madeira
4 cups of sweet onion broth (see recipe)
½ cup heavy cream
Black pepper

For the grape honey

1 cup frozen concord grapes or fresh black grapes, chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ tablespoons black pepper, freshly cracked

DIRECTIONS

For the sweet onion broth

In a large soup pan, add a bunch of red onions skins, shallot skins, carrot pieces, parsnip pieces, and 4½ cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, ½ cup honey, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, and set aside.

For the soup

In a large heavy bottom soup pan, over medium high heat, add butter and pumpkin oil. Cook shallots and onions, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add bouquet garni, bay leaves, and Madeira. Add the 4 cups of sweet onion broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove bouquet garni and bay leaves and blend with hand held immersion blender until smooth.

For the grape honey

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes. Take off heat. Cool. Place in blender, and blend until smooth. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

To serve soup, place in bowl, and swirl in grape honey.

Creamy Cauliflower & Spinach Soup

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground peppercorns
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflowers, cut into florets (about 3½ pounds)
1 small red potato, peeled and chopped
1 pound spinach, washed and tough stems removed
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
8 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter, oil, rosemary, thyme, and ground peppercorns in a large pot, and heat over medium-high until the butter is melted and the rosemary is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they are soft, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and potato, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the spinach, milk, salt, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower easily mashes against the side of the pot, about 30 minutes.

Transfer some of the soup to a blender (don’t fill blender more than two-thirds full), cover, and pulse to release some heat. Blend the soup until it is completely smooth, and pour it into a clean pot. Repeat with the remaining soup. Bring the soup back to a boil, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Winter Minestrone

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped medium
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups hot water
1 cup vegetable stock
1 bunch of dinosaur kale, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup small fresh macaroni (¾ cup dried)
½ cup parmesan, freshly grated
Parmesan rind (optional)
Salt/ pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cook garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers in oil in a wide 7-to 9-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are very tender and begin to stick to bottom of pot, about 45 minutes total.

Push vegetables to one side of the pot. Add stewed tomatoes to cleared area and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir into vegetables and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. (Tomatoes may stick to pot, but don’t let them burn.) Bring to a simmer. Stir in kale and parmesan rind. Simmer, covered, until greens are tender, about 40 minutes.

Coarsely chop herbs, and stir into soup along with beans. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.
Discard rind. Season soup with salt and pepper.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Make 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2½ pounds plum tomatoes, cored, quarter and deseeded
2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup fresh basil, stems and leaves (chop leaves and reserve)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
3 tablespoons butter (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a large roasting pan combine olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil stems, and thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Discard basil stems.

Once out of the oven, transfer to a large heavy bottomed soup pot and place on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and bay leaves (if using), increase heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Remove bay leaves and discard. Using an immersion blender, add butter (if using) and reserved basil leaves and blend soup until smooth. Add more vegetable broth if too thick. Serve immediately.

Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1½ teaspoons garam masala
1½ teaspoons curry powder
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup yellow lentils
1 fresh bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of ½ lime

DIRECTIONS

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, garam masala, and curry powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes and cook with spices, 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, lentils and bay leaf. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and simmer for until lentils are tender about 30 to 45 minutes.

Just before serving, add cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately.

Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped small
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery, chopped small
2 tablespoons thyme
1 (15 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup brown Italian lentils
2 fresh bay leaves
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven, over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent, 7 minutes. Add carrots, celery and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium low and add tomatoes, cook until flavor becomes concentrated, stirring to makes sure tomatoes and vegetable don’t burn, 15 minutes. Next, add vegetable broth, salt, lentils, bay leaves and Parmigiano Reggiano rind. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender. Remove cheese rind and serve garnished with more cheese.

Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 medium leek, white and pale green only, sliced thin
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and sliced thin
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ cup white wine
1 head cauliflower, trimmed, core removed and chopped (5 florets reserved and thinly sliced for garnish)
Kosher salt
½ oz. best quality American paddlefish roe
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a 10 quart pot over medium low heat, cook onions and leeks in ½ stick of butter slowly, stirring regularly.
They should not take on any color. After 10 minutes, add wine, and cook until completely reduced. Add ½ cup water, and continue cooking. Should take ½ hour total.

Once the onions and leeks are cooked, add the cauliflower, cover with water, and season with salt. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Once it’s come up, drop to a low simmer, and cover loosly. Cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 30 minutes.

Fill the bowl of a blender about half way with the cooked cauliflower mixture, and blend very well. While the blender is running, add ¼ stick butter, and incorporate. Strain pureed cauliflower through a fine mesh strainer into a pot, or bowl. Continue with remaining cauliflower. Add water to thin mixture as necessary in the blender, and then to desired consistency for the soup. Adjust seasoning.

To serve, brown sliced florets in olive oil on medium high heat. Ladle soup into shallow bowls, top with roasted cauliflower, and a dollop of caviar. Drizzle with best quality extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
Zest and juice of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

For the Soup

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken broth
4 small fresh corn totillas, sliced in thin strips
Avocado, for garnish
Cotija cheese, for garnish

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2-inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper, and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños, and spices. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken brtoh, and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes over low heat, until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat, and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese.

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard Star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender and return back to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple and bring soup back to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter, maple syrup and spices and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Let cool.

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon all spice
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 (2-pound) pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
½ cup whipping cream
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup maple syrup
2 star anise Salt and freshly ground pepper

For garnish, recipes follow
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto
Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, 6 cups stock and star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple syrup . Bring to simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons maple syrup

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter and spices, place in oven, 15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Let cool.

Mexican Herbed Chicken & Albondigas Soup with Winter Greens

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
2 limes, zest and juice
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Soup

Olive oil, for sautéing
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
4 cups chicken stock
4 small fresh corn tortillas, sliced in thin strips
Avocado, for garnish
Cotija cheese, for garnish

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños and spices, season with salt and pepper. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes on low and until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Thai Chicken & Coconut Green Herb Curry Soup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil, for sautéing
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped fine
3 limes, zest and juice
1 large red onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts sliced into thick, long slices about 1 inch wide and the length of the breast
2 large leeks, chopped
1 large orange pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 large red pepper, chopped in large pieces
Salt
Pepper
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges, for garnish

PREPARATION

In heavy stew pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sauté garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, onions and lime zest and cook until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add chicken and sauté another few minutes trying to brown the chicken a bit. Add leeks and stir well. Add orange and yellow pepper and continue to sauté mixture for another few minutes. Add lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Add coconut milk; bring to a boil and let cook for about 3 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chicken stock and stir well. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add cilantro and stir well just before serving.

Butternut Squash and Sage Curried Apple Soup

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups yellow onions, chopped medium
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
2 large butternut squashes, deseeded and peeled and cubed medium
4 medium sweet apples, chopped medium
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups apple cider
Diced apples and a few sage leaves for garnish

PREPARATION

Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.

Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.

Add the squash, apples, sage, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Add the apple cider and water and heat another 10 minutes. Blend the soup in a blender or purée in the food processor until smooth. The soup should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot garnished with apples and sage leaves.

Sunchoke Ramp and Nettle Soup (adapted from norecipe.com)

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock (preferable home made)
1 lb ramps, roughly chopped
5 oz stinging nettles*, cleaned and blanched
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
salt & pepper to taste
dollop of crème fraiche for garnish

PREPARATION

Add the sunchokes and stock to a stockpot. Cover and simmer over low heat for about an hour, or until the sunchokes are very tender.

Add the ramps, nettles, mint and parsely, and cook for another minute or two until the ramps are a bright green in color and the nettles are warmed through.

Transfer to a blender and blend the nettle soup until smooth and bright green. Salt to taste then pour the green soup into 4 small soup bowls.

Top with a dollop of crème fraiche per bowl and serve with some crusty bread, toasted and rubbed with a raw clove of garlic.

Spinach Bisque Soup (adapted from Raw Epicurean)

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-3

INGREDIENTS

5 cups spinach, packed
1 cup filtered water
1Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Fresh squeezed juice from ½ lemon
⅓ cup cashews, peeled & chopped
½ fist full fresh dill
sea salt & pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Turkey Apple & Herb Meatball & Kale Soup

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground turkey
½ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
4 tablespoons garlic, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup grated parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
½ cup Fuji apples, chopped fine
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs

Soup

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic (reserved from above)
1 medium red onion
Rosemary and thyme (reserved from above)
1 cup Fuji apples, chopped medium
1 large bunch kale (dinosaur variety, also known as Italian dark leaf), chopped
4 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Mix well using fingers to make sure all ingredients are well combined. Form into 1 inch balls.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic and red onion until translucent, just a few minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and apples. Sauté a few more minutes. Add the chicken stock and kale and gently drop in meatballs. Bring to a boil. Turn burner to low and simmer for another half hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with a little parmesan cheese.

Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1lb ground chicken
Juice and zest of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Soup

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken stock
4 small fresh corn tortillas, sliced in thin strips

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños and spices. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes on low and until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese

Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a delightful way to enjoy tomatoes and basil on the hottest days of summer. This soup’s uniqueness, lovely texture and subtle cool flavors make it an excellent choice for a lunch party.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
4cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 large basil leaves

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add 1 basil leaf for garnish.

Herbed Tomato Soup with a Poached Egg

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 T olive oil
½ c finely chopped shallots or leeks
Salt/pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup each chopped parsley, chives and tarragon

Directions

Sauté shallots in olive oil until they are translucent. Add fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Next, add tomatoes and simmer for about five minutes. Blend mixture with a hand held food processor for just a few seconds until the tomatoes are smooth. Bring soup to high simmer, add eggs, and cook about three to four minutes on a high simmer until eggs are done.

Blood Soup

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs beets washed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh basil
2 sprigs fresh parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 14-oz tins of chopped tomatoes
(or 4 lbs fresh tomatoes)
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Bake the beets at 375°F for 1 hour until tender. Cool and peel and cut into ½ inch dice. Heat oil in a large saucepan and sautée onion and garlic until tender and translucent. Add tomato paste and tomatoes and sautée for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups water or broth (veggie or chicken), herbs and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes. Add more water if you’d like it thinner and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Use some toothpicks to secure garlic knots to a rounded loaf of bread to look like brains. This soup can be made a few days ahead (soup always gets tastier with a little age) and warmed on the day of.

Octopus and Potato Soup

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 to 3 pounds of octopus
½ cup of olive oil
2 pounds of chopped waxy potatoes
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
½ cup of fresh parsley leaves
½ cup of white wine
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Cut two to three pounds of octopus into large pieces and cook for about an hour in a large skillet or Dutch oven with ¼ cup of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add about two pounds of chopped waxy potatoes, another ¼ cup of olive oil and cook for another forty-five minutes until both the potatoes and octopus are tender. Stir in one tablespoon of chopped garlic, ½ cup of fresh parsley leaves, and ½ cup of white wine and cook for another fifteen minutes until flavors are blended. Salt to taste.

Sorrel Soup

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh sorrel chopped
2 T butter
1 medium
1 yellow onion chopped
½ c half and half
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Sauté onion in butter until translucent, add sorrel and sauté a few minutes more, add cream and salt and pepper and cook until warm.  Place in blender and blend until smooth.  Serve warm.

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