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May 29, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: icy cold fruit soups

Bob's seven blue chowder mugs 

My first experience of making fruit soup was accidental. I cut open a honeydew melon, realized it was seriously overripe, and poured the nearly-liquid melon flesh into a bowl to keep it from running all over the countertop. I took a slurp, and it was delicious, and with a bit of blending and some seasoning, I had my first bowl of fruit soup. I couldn't believe how refreshing it was, and I've been hooked on fruit soups ever since.

Seven icy cold fruit soup recipes caught my eye this week as the temperature here in Rhode Island neared an unseasonably hot 100°F:

Tropical fruit soup, from David Lebovitz

Vanilla rhubarb soup with strawberries, from Apple Pie, Patis, and Pate Recipes

Czech chilled blueberry soup, from Morsels & Musings

Chilled ginger cantaloupe soup, from Pinch My Salt

Spicy watermelon soup, from Greg Cooks

Cool honeydew-mint soup, from Cookin' Canuck

Cranberry fruit soup, from Nami-Nami

Find more delicious icy cold fruit soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


My friend Bob makes many of the bowls in my kitchen, and when he fired a kiln-load of brand new blue-glazed soup mugs, I ran right over to photograph seven of them sitting on the porch railing outside his pottery studio.

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

Here are the ground rules: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please). Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | May 29, 2010 at 02:13 AM

It took me awhile to warm up (or cool down) to chilled fruit soups, but now I find them very refreshing on a hot summer's day. I'm looking forward to trying the versions in this post.

Posted by: T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types | May 29, 2010 at 08:21 AM

I'm a sucker for these lovely hand turned soup mugs. I'd probably buy more than seven ...

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | May 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I've never had fruit soup of any kind, but a couple of these sound really good!

Posted by: Kathryn Grace | July 6, 2016 at 01:50 PM

Found this page on Yummly when I was looking for summer soups and so glad to have found you! spent way more time than I intended visiting and getting lost in these fun sites. Thanks for sharint them.

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