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July 24, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: shellfish soup recipes

Seven Noritake bowls. 

In the past few years, chefs and home cooks have come to rely on the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch for guidance about which fish and shellfish are the most sustainable (healthy for us, and healthy for the oceans). I'm happy that several farm-raised shellfish (oysters, mussels, crayfish, bay scallops, Dungeness crab) are at the top of their "green" (best choices) list, because I love shellfish. Soup made with shellfish can be chunky and clunky, like our beloved New England clam chowder, or spicy and delicate, like Thai coconut soup with mussels.

Seven sustainable shellfish soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Leek, potato and oyster soup, from Nose to Tail At Home

Memento mussel soup, from Lobstersquad

Cream of scallop soup, from Orangette

Lightly curried mussel soup with fresh coriander, from Scrumptious South Africa

Crawfish bisque, from Cooking Up a Storm

Bun rieu cua crab noodle soup, from Ravenous Couple

Bouillabaisse, from Simply Recipes

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


Debi, from Winter Garden, Florida, sent this photo of her beautiful bowls: "These bowls are part of the set of china I inherited from my Mom, who inherited them from her mom, who received them as a gift from her son. He brought them back from Japan in the late '40's. They are Noritake #1802. My understanding is that while my mom never used them, my grandmother used them everyday. In my house, these come out for every special occasion."

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.

It's easy: 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), and they absolutely do not have to match. 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: Juno | July 24, 2010 at 09:38 AM

Thank you for linking to my curried mussel soup! I am tickled pink.

Posted by: pam | July 24, 2010 at 09:34 PM

That's it! I'm going to go buy seven soup bowls.

Posted by: Lydia | July 25, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Juno, your recipe looks delicious, and I'm sure Soup Chick readers will love it.

Pam, yes, do! And then take their picture, of course!

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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