Archive for the ‘Soups’ Category

NOT Cream of Cauliflower Soup

February 19, 2010

I love soup.  In the winter months there are few eating experiences that are as pleasant as a piping hot bowl of soup with a chunk of homemade bread.  Fortunately for all, there are few eating experiences as easy to achieve.  You can put almost anything into a soup and be sure that it will come out wonderfully.  Vegetables, pulses, meats, and cheeses are all delicious simmered up in a broth and can be made as hearty or rich or brothy as you want by pureeing or adding cream or roux or chopping your ingredients large or small.  In the soup world you are limited only by your imagination.  Unfortunately though, it seems like when it comes to broccoli and cauliflower soups, people always stick to the old chestnut creamy, cheesy soup.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it; that has been one of my favorite soups for as long as I’ve been alive.  I just wanted to make a soup showcasing cauliflower without resorting to the standby.  This spicy roasted cauliflower soup with French lentils is a perfect winter warmer.

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Chow-duh! Say it!

December 30, 2009

Well it’s been another long time in between posts, but I now have an entire semester of law school under my belt and can maybe start posting again with a little more regularity.  This is a soup I made back in the beginning of October, but didn’t get to write up until now.  My awesome sister gave me a cookbook for my birthday with a bunch of different soups in it, and this is kind of an amalgam of a bunch of different recipes from that, plus a little of my own imagination.  It was really good this fall; the batch I made was enough to eat for dinner one night and then to bring to school for lunch for the rest of the week, and I think it would be equally delicious in these frigid winter months.

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Thanks Joe George!

April 29, 2009

Curried Carrot Soup with Honey and Yogurt

Post number 2 for today is a soup that I knew I had to make as soon as I saw the recipe in the Artvoice that came out last Thursday.  There’s a local chef named Joe George that writes for that paper a lot, as well as the magazine Edible Buffalo, and for his own awesome blog, Urban Simplicity where he talks about cooking, bicycling, and all kinds of things of interest to Buffalonians or anyone else.  His Food for Thought column in Artvoice is something that I always look forward to, and this one about honey provided three great looking simple recipes, including this absolutely delicious curried carrot soup.

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Bon soir, s’il vous plaît,

April 13, 2009

Je voudrais un verre du lait au chocolat, et une soupe d’oignons, et un sandwich avec… How do you say grilled cheese?
Une Soup d'Oignons

All right, that was a big stretch, but I couldn’t think of any other pithy or pop culture-referencing headline / introduction for my French Onion Soup post. It would have been better if I had composed this picture with some chocolate milk and a grilled cheese and maybe a bloody mary too, but when I made this soup and took the pictures two months ago, I wasn’t thinking of Hotel Chevalier.

I had meant to put this up on either Wednesday or Thursday, but I ended up being out of town a while with my friends, and then was camping all weekend (Which was awesome, by the way.  There is nothing like spending a few nights in a tent or rustic cabin around a fire with some good friends and enough beer to sink a canoe).  After a couple months, what’s a few more days anyways?  That’s the beauty of having your own blog.

This onion soup was really good though, if my memory serves me.  The recipe is Giada de Laurentiis’s, though I did add some sherry to round out the taste a bit and I substituted dried thyme for the fresh stuff because I don’t have fresh thyme in February.  I also used the ciabatta bread that I had made the day before.  I thought fontina  was kind of an odd choice for cheese(they usually use gruyere right?), but this was the first time I made the stuff and I didn’t want to stray too too far from the recipe.  It came out delicious all the same with a great melty top and soggy bread chunks in a rich broth with great sweet onion slices all soft and caramely.  Also, this was a superlatively easy recipe to make, and it was ready in about 40 minutes.

Cheesey, melty top

Onion Soup with Fontina and Thyme

from Giada de Laurentiis

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 large Vidalia onions

kosher salt

pepper

2 teaspoons dried thyme

4 cups beef broth

2 tablespoons sherry

4 slices of crusty bread (I used ciabatta)

4 ounces sliced fontina cheese

Directions:

Slice the onions up on your cutting board, maybe into like 1/2″ slices.  They’ll shrink a bit in the soup, but not much so kind of picture what you’d want to get on your spoon without having them drop back into your bowl and splash hot, hot broth on you.

People don't cry when you slice up a violist

Heat up the oil in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven and add the onions, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Saute them, stirring occasionally, until they’re thender, about 10 minutes, then add the thyme, broth, and sherry.

Ohhhhh so oniony

Simmer this all up for a bit, until the onions are soft and brown and it just smells like onion soup should smell.  Use your common sense for the time.  The recipe called for 15 minutes, but I did mine a while longer.

Then divide the soup up into your special ramequins that you have especially for onion soup…er…maybe that’s just me.  I don’t know where they came from, but I’m not gonna complain.  But yeah, split the soup up four ways and top with the cubed bread and fontina.  As you can see, I went a bit overboard, but ahhhhhhhhhh cheese, you know?

Cheeeeeeeeese

Now just broil this until the cheese is melted and just a bit brown on top et voilà! Soupe à l’oignon.

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