8th March 2009

    Creamy Potato Kale Soup

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    We found this easy, tasty recipe in Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals. There’s only 1/2 cup of evaporated milk in the final dish, but that little amount gives the soup a nice richness. The kale, green onions, dill, and leeks add eye-catching green highlights to the dish.


    Chris says:

    I hate taking pictures of soup.

    Lisa says:

    What? Why?

    Chris says:

    They never come out looking as appetizing as I hoped… at least stews have some texture to work with.

    Lisa says:

    Well, whatever… you keep worrying about the picture, I’m gonna start eating this soup before it gets cold!

    Chris says:

    I’m done anyway… I love the kale in this soup.

    Lisa says:

    Me too! This broth is really creamy from the pureed potatoes… for being low-fat, it’s actually pretty filling.

    Chris says:

    I think the key to this one is the Dijon; it gives it just a little bit of tang, but it’s not overpowering.

    Lisa says:

    Yeah I wouldn’t have even known it was in there.

    Chris says:

    Mmmm… I’m enjoying this so much that the whole picture thing doesn’t really bother me any more.

    Lisa says:

    See? Don’t worry about it… I’d rather have food that tastes better than it looks than the other way around!

    Creamy Potato Kale Soup
    1 cup finely chopped onions
    2/3 cup finely chopped leeks
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tbsp canola oil
    4 cups vegetable broth
    4 cups coarsely chopped potatoes
    1/4 tsp ground fennel
    1/2 finely chopped celery
    2 tbsp white wine
    1/2 tsp dried dill
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    2 tbsp minced scallions
    1 1/2 tbsp minced fresh basil
    1/2 cup evaporated low-fat milk
    1 bunch kale, stems and ribs removed, shredded (about 4 cups loosely packed)
    Salt and ground black pepper to taste
    Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

    In a large dutch oven, sauté the onions, leeks, and salt in the oil on very low heat for about 7 minutes, until tender and translucent. Add the stock and bring it to a boil, then add the potatoes, fennel, celery, wine, and dill. Simmer for about 20 minutes, covered, until the potatoes are tender. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the mustard, scallions, basil and evaporated low-fat milk.

    In a separate pot, gently boil the kale in just enough water to cover. When the kale is just tender, drain it and stir it into the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste and lemon juice. Reheat the soup until it is very hot, but not boiling.

    4 Servings

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    9th February 2009

    Creamless Mushroom Soup

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    I found this recipe on Pino Luongo’s blog, and it also appears in his cookbook, La Mia Cucina Toscana: A Tuscan Cooks in America. Frequent readers of this blog know that Lisa and I both love mushrooms, and the prospect of a creamless creamy soup sounded really appealing. We had also just picked up a big bag of black trumpet mushrooms at the Farmers Market and were eager to try them out. While simple, this isn’t a quick recipe — the tomato puree bakes for an hour and a half — so if you’re going to tackle this one, save it for a weekend. Unless, of course, you don’t mind waiting for a good thing.

    Lisa says:

    The house smells so good.

    Chris says:

    Is there any smell better than garlic and onion browning in olive oil?

    Lisa says:

    If so, I haven’t yet encountered it. Hey, what’s all this wasted garlic?

    Chris says:

    Oh that was the garlic that baked with the tomatoes — you remove it before pureeing the tomatoes. Don’t worry, there’s more in the soup base and the mushrooms.

    Lisa says:

    Yeah, well now there’s “throwaway garlic” on this cracker in my hand…

    Chris says:

    Oooh, good idea. Delish!

    Lisa says:

    Yum, this soup almost smells sweet, or like cinnamon…

    Chris says:

    Interesting; nothing sweet here, maybe that smell is coming from one of the mushroom varieties…

    Lisa says:

    I heart mushrooms. And this soup.

    Chris says:

    I love all the different textures in it — some of the mushrooms are really delicate, some are firmer; and they all come with slightly different tastes.. mild, earthy…mmmmm!

    Creamless Mushroom Soup
    Oven-Dried Tomato Puree:
    2 lbs Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
    2 tbsp fine sea salt
    2 tsp sugar
    3 fresh rosemary sprigs
    6 fresh thyme sprigs
    6 garlic cloves, sliced
    12 fresh basil leaves, torn by hand

    Preheat the oven to 300˚F. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange the tomato halves cut-side up on it in a single layer. Mix the salt and sugar together in a small bowl and sprinkle the tomatoes with the mixture. Then sprinkle with the rosemary, thyme, garlic, and basil. Put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 90 minutes, until the tomatoes are dried but not shriveled.
    Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Pick off and discard the garlic and herbs. While the tomatoes are still warm, puree them in a food processor or blender. Set aside while you make the soup.

    Soup:
    extra virgin olive oil
    1 small onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    pinch of hot red pepper flakes
    1 large Russet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes
    fine sea salt
    5 cups vegetable stock
    2 garlic cloves, sliced
    1 fresh rosemary sprig
    1½ pounds mixed wild mushrooms — we used black trumpet, portobello, shiitake, and porcini — stems removed, large ones quartered, small ones halved or left whole
    freshly ground black pepper

    Pour the stock into a small pot and set to simmer. Pour 2 tbsp of olive oil into a large dutch oven to generously coat the bottom. Warm over medium-high heat. Add the onion, minced garlic, and red pepper and cook until the onion is browned, about 4 minutes.
    Add the potato, season with salt, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in the tomato puree. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the simmering stock. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cook until the potatoes are cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Blend the soup with an immersion blender until creamy.
    Pour 2 tbsp into a wide deep skillet to coat the bottom. Warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic and rosemary and sauté until the garlic is browned, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushrooms, season with salt and black pepper, and sauté until the mushrooms are wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove and discard the rosemary, then add the mushrooms to the soup.
    Place the dutch oven on low heat and let the soup simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Taste, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Ladle into bowls and serve with warm garlic bread.

    4-6 Appetizer-sized servings

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    25th January 2009

    Porcini & Wild Rice Soup

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    We decided that after a meat-heavy couple of months, it was time for a week’s worth of vegetarian meals. So we started off with tonight’s soup, adapted from a recipe in Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. This recipe is chock full o’ shrooms, makes the house smell fantastic, and best of all, is extremely easy to make. Most of the time goes toward simmering the soup until the rice is cooked through. Definitely recommended for you mushroom lovers out there.


    Lisa says:

    I heart mushrooms!

    Chris says:

    Especially in this soup; this is great!

    Lisa says:

    I like that we got to use the porcini oil that Cathy and Chris got us, and the porcini salt!

    Chris says:

    Too bad we didn’t have porcini onions, porcini garlic, or porcini rice!

    Lisa says:

    You joke, but you know we’d use them if those existed.

    Chris says:

    True, true.

    Lisa says:

    Anyway, this is so, so delicious. I like the carrots in it, too — you really can’t taste them very much, but it adds color. It’s also really healthy!

    Chris says:

    Even if you have more than one serving? Not that it matters, I’m having more regardless… ;)

    Porcini & Wild Rice Soup
    1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
    2 cups boiling water
    1 tbsp olive oil (porcini-infused, if you have it!)
    1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
    5 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp Herbes de Provence
    1 tbsp salt (porcini-style, if you have it!)
    freshly ground pepper
    8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
    1 1/2 cups wild rice
    4 cups vegetable broth, plus extra if needed
    1 carrot, peeled

    Place the dried porcinis in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside.
    Preheat a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the oil and saute the onions for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are browned.
    Add the sliced creminis and saute for about 3 minutes. Remove the porcinis from the bowl with a fork, slice thinly, and add to the pot, along with the soaking liquid. Add the wild rice and vegetable stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
    When the rice is tender, grate the carrot into the soup, turn off the heat, and let sit for 10 minutes. Add more broth if the soup seems too thick. Ladle into bowls and serve.

    6 Servings

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    4th January 2009

    Roasted Garlic and Winter Squash Soup with Spicy Tomato Salsa

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    We returned from our weekend outing not having gone through all of our CSA veggies, so this recipe from the Ultimate Soup Bible turned out to be a great way to use up our tomatoes, our heads of garlic, and the rest of our squash. The spiciness of the salsa gives contrast to the sweetness of the roasted squash and garlic. We served it with a Roasted Garlic & Pecorino Loaf from Metropolitan Market, so I’m sure we’ll be vampire-free for a while.


    Chris says:

    Does anything smell better than roasted garlic?

    Lisa says:

    I doubt it — and you can really smell it in this soup!

    Chris says:

    I like this soup more with every spoonful… I wish I had used juuust a little less veggie broth, it’s a little on the thin side for me.

    Lisa says:

    Yeah, it’s a bit thin, but tastes really good. And the salsa seemed really hot at first, but it’s less spicy once you stir it all together.

    Chris says:

    That sweet-and-spicy combination is a winner.

    Lisa says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the fresh oregano, though.

    Chris says:

    Really? I like it, it’s a bit mellower than dried.

    Lisa says:

    Well, it’s not like it’s ruining my soup — I’m taking this to work for lunch for sure.

    Chris says:

    Just don’t take our fancy new bowls with you!

    Roasted Garlic and Winter Squash Soup with Spicy Tomato Salsa
    2 garlic bulbs, outer skin removed
    extra-virgin olive oil
    1 medium butternut squash, halved and seeded
    1 medium winter squash, halved and seeded
    2 onions, chopped
    1 tsp ground coriander
    4-5 cups vegetable stock
    2-3 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    For the salsa:
    4 large ripe tomatoes, halved and seeded
    1 red bell pepper, halved and seeded
    1 large jalapeño, halved and seeded
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    Preheat the oven to 425 F. Cut the 1/4″-1/2″ off the top of the heads of garlic to expose all the cloves. In a small baking dish, add 3/4 cup of water and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, then the garlic bulbs. Brush the cut cloves with a little olive oil, then cover the baking dish tightly with foil. On a large baking sheet, place the squash and brush with a little olive oil. Next to the squash, add the tomatoes, bell pepper, and jalapeño. Roast the vegetables for 25 minutes, then remove the tomatoes, bell pepper, and jalapeño. Reduce the heat to 375 F and cook the squash and garlic for an additional 25 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
    Meanwhile, use a knife to scrape the outer skin off the bell pepper. In a small blender or food processor add the tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño, and 1 1/2 tsp olive oil. Pulse until blended but still somewhat chunky. Stir in the vinegar and season to taste.
    Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large dutch oven and cook the onions and coriander for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, until the onion is softened but not browned.
    Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin into the onions and scoop the squash out of its skin, adding it to the pot. Add the stock, 1 tsp of salt and plenty of black pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
    Stir in half the oregano and cool slightly, then use an immersion blender to puree to a smooth consistency.
    Ladle into bowls, top each with a large spoonful of the salsa, and sprinkle over the remaining oregano.

    4-5 Servings

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    8th December 2008

    Dungeness Crab Soup with Cilantro Relish

    Carrie came over this week for dinner and we enjoyed this crab soup with a spinach salad and plenty of wine. The cilantro relish was a big hit, and though crab is expensive, it was totally worth it in this dish. We all loved it! The recipe comes from The Ultimate Soup Bible.

    Carrie says:

    Yum, I love crab!

    Lisa says:

    This soup is awesome…

    Chris says:

    I think there’s probably a bit too many noodles, but other than that I’m in love with this soup!

    Lisa says:

    Too many noodles in the recipe?

    Chris says:

    Nah, the recipe itself is probably a good amount, but my estimating skills are lacking. Determining five ounces out of a package of 16 when some unknown portion of them have already been used apparently is a challenge for me.

    Lisa says:

    The cilantro topping is awesome.

    Carrie says:

    Can I have more?

    Chris says:

    Yes! Let’s finish the batch!

    Lisa says:

    Leave room for dessert…

    Dungeness Crab Soup with Cilantro Relish
    SOUP:
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 red onion, finely chipped
    2 red chilies, seeded and finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lb fresh Dungeness crab meat
    2 tbsp chopped parsley
    2 tbsp chopped cilantro
    juice of 2 lemons
    1 lemongrass stalk
    4 cups chicken stock
    1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
    5 oz angel hair pasta, broken into 2-3 inch lengths
    salt and fresh ground pepper

    RELISH:
    1 cup cilantro leaves
    1 green chili, seeded and chopped
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    1/2 tsp ground roasted cumin seeds

    Heat the oil in a large dutch oven and add the onion, chilies, and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the onion is very soft. Transfer the cooked onion mixture to a bowl and stir in the crab meat, parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice, and set aside.
    Bruise the lemongrass on a chopping board. Pour the stock and fish sauce into the dutch oven. Add the lemongrass and bring to a boil, then add teh pasta. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes until the pasta is just tender.
    While the soup is simmering, prepare the relish by using a mortar and pestle to make a coarse paste of the cilantro, chili, oil, lemon juice, and cumin.
    Remove and discard the lemongrass from the soup. Add the crab mixture into the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then set on low and simmer for two minutes.
    Ladle the soup into four bowls and put a spoonful of the cilantro relish in the center of each.

    4 Servings

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