45 posts categorized "Cold soups"

August 4, 2012

Seven soups every Saturday: cucumber soup recipes

Cucumber soup with cubanelles, from Macheesmo.

Envy isn't an attractive trait, but I must admit that I envy my friends who grow cucumbers in their gardens. Nothing refreshes more than the crunch of a young cuke picked right off the vine. The cucumbers I buy at the farmers' market most often end up in salad, in smoothies, or in my pickling jar. A few lucky ones morph into chilled soups that cool me down on the hottest summer days.

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June 9, 2012

Seven soups every Saturday: gazpacho recipes


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that people who don't like chilled soups should make an exception for gazpacho, the raw vegetable-based soup that originated in Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. Gazpacho transports you to the warm, sunny-baked Mediterranean climate, where the idea of cold soup, made with garden-fresh vegetables, feels so right. Most, but not all, gazpacho begins with tomatoes and garlic, something -- bread or nuts, depending on whether you want a gluten-free version -- to thicken, and good olive oil. Healthy and refreshing. And, yes, chilled. Even if you don't like cold soup, I hope you'll try gazpacho this summer. Just try it.

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June 2, 2012

Seven soups every Saturday: watercress soup recipes


In a year when I've promised to eat more kale, it's no surprise that I'm also drawn to recipes for watercress, as it's a cousin of kale and collard greens. A peppery perennial herb, watercress grows along the edges of streams or marshes, and the edible leaves are harvested before the plant flowers. Watercress might be best known for its inclusion in fancy little tea sandwiches, but the slightly mustard-flavored leaves also transform into hot or chilled soup, elegant or more rustic.

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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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