Recipe Roundup: Summer Soups

Matthew Jennings's recipe Chilled Young Carrot Soup with Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Chilled soup is a staple in our kitchen this time of year: it's easy to make, endlessly versatile, and an ideal showcase for our favorite seasonal ingredients. Paired with a loaf of crusty bread and a hunk of good cheese, any of these recipes would make a perfect summer supper.

 

Chilled Sorrel Soup with Jonah Crab Salad and Jerusalem Artichokes

Michael Lomonaco tames tart sorrel with sweet crab and Jerusalem artichokes in this cool, creamy soup.

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Market Haul: Weekend Getaway

 

We're heading to the beach this weekend and there's one thing we're definitely packing for the trip: our CSA box. During our two-day getaway, we'll be eating lunches out but cooking all of our breakfasts and dinners, so the goal is to use up as much of our haul as possible over the weekend.

 

The Haul: collard greens, Tuscan kale, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, spring onions, scallions, rhubarb

 

The Menu:

 

Day 1 Breakfast:

 

Eggs and Zucchini [Shoots and Roots]

Thin rounds of zucchini, a handful of herbs, and grated Grùyere add summery flavor to this simple omelet.

 

Baking Powder Biscuits [JBF]

James Beard's buttery biscuits are as good slathered... Read more >

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Market Haul: March 29

turnips

It's the last CSA box of the winter season and we plan to make the most of it. This week's haul included lots of root vegetables plus just enough greenhouse greens and crunchy radishes and cabbage to make a few crave-worthy winter salads.

The Haul: watermelon radish, red kale, scallions, kohlrabi, Russet potatoes, Napa cabbage, celery root, rutabaga, carrots

The Menu Ideas:

Farro Salad with Roasted Rutabaga, Ricotta Salata, and Hazelnuts [NYT]
We make a variation of this salad at least once a month during the winter months. It's endlessly adaptable--try it with roasted squash, feta, and walnuts, or toss in a handful of dried cranberries for an extra bite of sweetness.

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Recipe Roundup: Post-Holiday Season Detox

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If you're hopping on the low-calorie bandwagon after the gluttony of the holidays, you don't need to leave behind full-flavored dishes. Here, four healthy recipes that pack in big taste.

Burnt Carrots with Goat Cheese, Parsley, Arugula, and Crispy Garlic Chips When caramelized in a hefty cast-iron skillet, carrots take on an intense, satisfying sweetness. Kale Chips Can't shake your craving for something salty and greasy? These crispy and spicy kale chips will help you scratch that itch. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad Even the most staunch Brussels-sprouts

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Market Haul: December 5



This week’s CSA box includes what will likely be the last of the season's broccoli, along with some gorgeous Brussels sprouts, crunchy kohlrabi, and plenty of root vegetables.

The Haul: Russet potatoes, Tuscan kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, parsley

The Menu Ideas:

Southern Indian Vegetable Curry [Jamie Oliver] Ignore the long list of ingredients and adapt this recipe according to what you have on hand. Don’t like okra? Sub in cauliflower. Need to use up some carrots? Throw them in. The curry leaves are optional but coconut milk is a must.

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September's Best Recipes

Carrot Soup
 

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt Seek out pure, Indian-style chile powder to use in this pleasantly spiced and lush soup.

Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes Made with baby octopus and a handful of other ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, this one-pot stew is a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal.

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced... Read more >

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Market Haul: September 21, 2011

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As the weather gets cooler, it becomes even harder to decide what to cook. Should we turn those Yukon gold potatoes into a creamy gratin or roast them alongside carrots and red onions? Add the fennel to aromatic wine-braised chicken thighs or serve it as a salad, sliced razor-thin and doused with lemon juice? Here are a few of the recipes we’re eyeing as we make these tough decisions.

The Haul: carrots, scallions, fennel, garlic chives, red onions, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, and Golden Delicious and Gala apples

The Menu Ideas:

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives, Lemon, and Fennel [LAT] Braised + crispy = the best of both worlds. Adapted from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc.

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Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt

Carrot Soup The abrupt change of weather has sent everyone scrambling for their Dutch ovens and stew recipes, but we're not ready to retire refreshing summer fare just yet. We're clinging to the last few weeks of the season with this elegant carrot soup from chef Clay Conley, redolent with Indian spices and finished with creamy yogurt and crisp cilantro. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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