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July 2, 2011

Seven soups every Saturday: soup recipes with dill

Salmon and mushroom solyanka, a thick Russian soup from nami-nami.

Every May, I plant dill in my herb garden. By June, it's gone: bolted, drowned, carried off by rabbits or maybe by aliens. I just don't seem to have the knack for growing it. This year, though, I planted four little sprouts of bouquet dill alongside the new tomato patch, and by golly, here it is July, and three of the plants survive! I've already cut most of the leaves off to use in recipes, and the plants are coming back. Six weeks is a record for me. Not to jinx it or anything, but I'm trying all sorts of recipes with dill weed while I've got it.

Seven soup recipes with dill caught my eye this week:

Roasted cauliflower and dill soup, from Blue Kitchen

Leek soup with dill oil, from 101 Cookbooks

Salmon and mushroom solyanka, from nami-nami

Black-eyed pea soup with corn and dill, from Lisa's Kitchen

Salmon soup with tomato and dill, from One Perfect Bite

Dill havarti soup, from SavoryReviews.com

Carrot dill soup shooters, from Patty's Pantry NYC

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

[Photo of salmon and mushroom solyanka by, and used with permission from, nami-nami.]

Comments

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Posted by: janet | July 2, 2011 at 02:21 AM

I am loving dill in most of my recipes these days as well. Although I wonder if I have a black thumb with dill because I don't see any in my garden and it supposedly grows like a weed. :(

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Posted by: susan g | July 2, 2011 at 11:53 AM

The leafy part is called "dill weed" but I do think you have to plant it first, Janet. I guess if it lives long enough to go to seed, then you can see another generation. But save those seeds -- they're good in the kitchen.
That said, I don't grow it. I get one of those huge bunches in the supermarket, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it. Then I slice off as much as I want as needed, and it's close enough to fresh for me.

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Posted by: Kalyn | July 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I love dill, but mine is not doing well at all this year. I killed four plants already so I planted seeds, which are not even coming up. I might have them in too shady of a spot, sigh. Glad to hear that yours is doing well.

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Posted by: Lydia | July 2, 2011 at 09:16 PM

Janet, I've had such bad luck that I spoke to the gardener at our local organic gardening center this year about it. He suggested growing a variety called bouquet dill, which I'm doing, and also planting seeds, which I haven't done yet. He said that dill actually prefers less than full sun, so I've got it growing in the shadow of tomato plants. And see Susan's comment below -- you do have to plant it.

Susan, thanks for the clarification. I have only one friend whose dill grows like a weed in the garden. For the rest of us, it's a plant. And thanks for the tip about freezing the dill weed, too.

Kalyn, this is the first year I've had my first planting for more than a month. I've been snipping the ends and using them in soups and salads. Still not enough to make a batch of pickles, but I'm happy with what I've got.

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