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March 26, 2011

Seven soups every Saturday: soup recipes with chives or chive oil


Most of my herb garden got buried this winter under snow and ice and, now, under the Spring muck, but yesterday I walked outside and took a closer look -- and discovered the early tips of chives, poking up above the soil. I love growing chives. They are the closest thing to automatic plants -- self-reliant perennials, adaptable to any soil, and you can cut them and they come right back, all summer long. In the early Spring, when nothing else will grow in the garden, the chives are at their sweetest.

Seven soups with chives or make-your-own chive oil caught my eye this week:

Tomato soup with polenta croutons and chive oil, from Lisa's Kitchen

Savory waffles with pea and chive soup, from Pro Bono Baker

Creamy corn soup with butter poached lobster and chive oil, from Sippity Sup

Spring sorrel and chive soup, from Mixed Greens Blog

Cream of asparagus soup with cardamom and chives, from Tigers & Strawberries

Potatoe, cheddar and chive soup, from Kuchenlatein

Gluten-free celery root soup with cashew cream, from Smith Bites

Find more delicious soup recipes with chives or chive oil on Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Posted by: Maris (In Good Taste) | March 26, 2011 at 06:59 AM

It's such a a great feeling to see springtime blooms. These are great soups to welcome in the springtime.

Posted by: pam | March 26, 2011 at 08:10 AM

Absolutely perfect timing! I have already had to weed chives out of my fennel and basil section of my herb bed!

Posted by: CJ McD | March 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I am still waiting for the snow to melt. Chives are one of the first harbingers of spring for me.

I have been yearning for those lovely spring soups so this week I have a cream of spinach and potato soup that turned out super delicious, soothing and slightly spring-like.

This week's recipe roster has my mouth watering. Come on chives! Get growing! ;o)

Posted by: Kim | March 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM

My winter herb garden is looking a little long in the tooth and I have just cleaned the pots (and put the plants into the garden) and am ready for some new ones.
These menus are the perfect inspiration! We eat a lot of soup over the winter (such a quick and wholesome way to feed growing kids in a hurry!), but by this time of the year, I am on the look out for something fresh.

Posted by: Lydia | March 26, 2011 at 05:32 PM

Maris, I've been a changed cook since I started growing my own herbs. The garden is a source of much joy.

Pam, you're definitely ahead of us. I'm a month away from being able to get into the garden. Right now, it's mud.

CJ, same here. We've had enough melt that the tips of the chives are visible. Yippee!

Kim, I'm a year-round soup lover, but at this time of year I start to look to slightly less heavy soups. Chives always feel fresh and bright to me.

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