Blood Soup

And what about some blood soup for Halloween? You can put these in small test tubes or tiny teacups and saucers with small plastic bats on the saucers. For a party of 16-20 (with small servings)

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Butternut Squash and Sage Curried Apple Soup

If you can believe it, there are several thousand varieties of apples, which can only mean one thing, more apples to choose from when designing your apple centric menu! These unforgettable seasonal recipes are made for entertaining guests, so turn on your oven, get out your peeler and start cooking up this seasons greatest menu!

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Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

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 [...]

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Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

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 [...]

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Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe

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 [...]

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Chicken & Herb Dumpling Soup

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
1⁄3 cup [...]

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Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup

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.

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Chilled Tomato Soup

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 [...]

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Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

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 [...]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

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 [...]

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Creamy Cauliflower & Spinach Soup

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 [...]

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Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

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. [...]

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Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

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 [...]

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Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

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. [...]

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Herbed Tomato Soup with a Poached Egg

Poached eggs are cooked in a vat of slowly cooking liquid, but they are not boiled.

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Hot & Sour Thai Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Koong)

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 [...]

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

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 [...]

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

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 [...]

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Luccan Farro Soup

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 [...]

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Mexican Herbed Chicken & Albondigas Soup with Winter Greens

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 [...]

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

Here are some regionally authentic and classic meatball recipes as well as some modern, culturally fused recipes. All will reduce the chill of winter with a smile!

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

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 [...]

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

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, [...]

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Nissa’s Gumbo Z’Herbes

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 [...]

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Octopus and Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS
2 to 3 pounds of octopus ½ cup of olive oil2 pounds of chopped waxy potatoes1 tablespoon of chopped garlic½ cup of fresh parsley leaves½ cup of white winesalt 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 [...]

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Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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 [...]

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Ramen in Curried Coconut Broth

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
1⁄8 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 [...]

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Ramen in Spicy Seafood Broth

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 [...]

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Ramen Noodles in Quick Roasted Chicken Broth and Crispy Shallots

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 [...]

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Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

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 [...]

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Roasted Chicken Stock

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 [...]

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Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

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 [...]

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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 [...]

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Rustic Artichoke Soup

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 [...]

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Rustic Artichoke Soup

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 [...]

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Sorrel Soup

Makes 2 Servings

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Spinach Bisque Soup (adapted from Raw Epicurean)

Here are some super simple, delicious, incredibly nutritious and easy to prepare recipes to get you started on your own herbal spring detox.

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Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

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 [...]

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Spring Pea Soup with Chive Blossom Croutons and Pea Flowers

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
1⁄3 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 [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

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 [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

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 [...]

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Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

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 [...]

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Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

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 [...]

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

Here are some super simple, delicious, incredibly nutritious and easy to prepare recipes to get you started on your own herbal spring detox.

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Thai Chicken & Coconut Green Herb Curry Soup

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 [...]

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Turkey Apple & Herb Meatball & Kale Soup

Here are some regionally authentic and classic meatball recipes as well as some modern, culturally fused recipes. All will reduce the chill of winter with a smile!

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Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

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 [...]

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White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

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. [...]

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Winter Herb Soup Sticks

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 [...]

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Winter Herbal Pasta E Fagoili Soup with Fresh Pesto

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 [...]

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Winter Minestrone

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 [...]

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