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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Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint

Matt Jennings's carrot soup Laced with fragrant spices, olive oil, and mint, this puréed carrot soup from chef Matt Jennings is packed with flavor. Jennings finishes the dish with a quenelle of clotted cream, which you can make ahead of time by letting a mixture of cream and buttermilk thicken at room temperature. (If you can't do that step beforehand, just grab an imported jar from Whole Foods or Dean and Deluca.)

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Eye Candy: Beard House

carrots A variety of heirloom carrots soak up a generous dollop of butter in the Beard House kitchen. Take a look at more photos from the dinner prepared by Mark Porcaro, Jason Banusiewicz, and Tak Kuen "Tommy" Choi of Boston's Top of the Hub. (Photo by Lisa Ozag)

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Recipe: Carrot–Vadouvan Soup

Carrot–Vadouvan Soup

Named Chef of the Year by Esquire in 2008, Dominique Crenn is at the helm of San Francisco’s Luce, where she expertly prepares internationally influenced California cuisine. At her Beard House dinner this past February, Crenn served this sophisticated vegetarian soup, which is accented with vadouvan, a fragrant spice blend from southern India.

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