Recipe: Chilled Watermelon Soup with Mint and Ginger

 

Even though splitting open a watermelon before it's officially summer feels like sacrilege, we're thankful that this chilled watermelon soup from Las Vegas–based chef Carla Pellegrino has come to rescue us from the recent spike in temperature. Made with blended frozen watermelon and served with a mound of crushed ice in its center, this dish will cool you to the core. Get the recipe here

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Recipe: Gigantes Soup with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Olive Oil

Recipe for gigantes soup with feta cheese

 

In this unfussy soup from Greek cuisine maven Maria Loi, gigantes—a sizable, ivory bean that's widely used in Greek cooking—commingle with everyday vegetables to make a creamy and satisfying soup. Get the recipe here

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Recipes: Fall Soups

Recipe for butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousse
 

Black Bean and Squash Soup This recipe from the JBF Award–winning cookbook Love Soup may be vegetarian, but the base of blended kabocha squash, black beans, and epazote leaves is hearty and complex. Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse Gussied up with crème fraîche and truffle honey, this is a butternut squash soup for a dinner party. Creamy Beer Soup This heady soup calls for a

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In Season: Pumpkins

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Pumpkins have a bit of a typecasting problem. Though they loom large in America’s cultural consciousness each fall, their starring turns are limited to appearances as jack o’ lanterns on Halloween and in pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have so much more to offer: sliced and roasted, they’re a sweet foil for rich, savory dishes such as the Afghani dish kaddo bourani, which pairs caramelized pumpkin with spicy ground beef. When baked and mashed, pumpkin purée can be thrown into quick breads, pancakes, and desserts that in no way resemble pie, like the chocolate cake featured below. How to Choose and Store: Small pie or sugar pumpkins are best for cooking. One five-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 ½ cups of purée. Uncut, uncured pumpkins will keep for a couple of months in a cool, dry place. Cooked pumpkin will last about five days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer. How to Cook:

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Recipe: French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

At first glance, chef J. J. Kingery's version of French onion soup appears to be run-of-the-mill bistro fare. But there are some surprises lurking underneath that crunchy and golden blanket of cheese, like earthy mushrooms that have been cooked in sherry, as well as a generous splash of bourbon. Get the recipe here.

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October's Best Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans
 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley Meyer lemon gives some extra vibrancy to this beloved dish of pasta tangled with crab and bacon. Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans You can never have too many variations on this indispensable fall soup in your recipe box. Substitute apples for the pears if you have a lot on hand.

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

As we think ahead to the long, bleak stretch of cold weather that's about befall us, we're on the hunt for simple and delicious variations on a seasonal staple: butternut squash soup. This elegant version from Canadian chef Andrew Hodge is threaded with winter spices and topped with curry-scented pears and crunchy pecans. Get the recipe here.

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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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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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