Recipe: Chilled Plum Soup with Green Grape Sorbet, Horchata Gelée, and Crispy Rice Clusters

Recipe for Chilled Plum Soup with Green Grape Sorbet, Horchata Gelée, and Crispy Rice Clusters from the James Beard Foundation This striking plum soup from Aureole's Jennifer Yee showcases an array of contrasting flavors and textures. If you make the sorbet and gelée ahead of time, the dessert becomes a completely feasible finale for your next dinner party.

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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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Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon

Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon We like the choose-your-own-adventure spirit of this soup from JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen. We’re sharing his scallion toast–topped version, but the chef notes that sweet seafood, like lobster or crab, is another natural match. You can also garnish the soup with a cluster of sevruga or golden osetra caviar if you’re feeling fancy. Even on its own, the creamy corn base tastes wonderful.

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Recipe: Chilled Tomato Soup

Chilled Heirloom Tomato SoupThis crisp and bright tomato soup from Benoit’s Pierre Schaedelin was a huge hit at Chefs & Champagne—and it will be a huge hit at home once you see how easy it is to make. We recommend using heirloom tomatoes: the soup’s heat-free preparation will preserve the knockout flavor of those bulbous beauties.

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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: Carolina Gold Rice Soup with Peanuts, Scallions, and Quail

Carolina Gold rice soup Shaun Doty, who owns the acclaimed Shaun's in Atlanta, served this Carolina Gold rice soup at his Southern-style Beard House feast. (And in case you missed it a few weeks ago, we've got the recipe.) Click here to see more photos from Doty's event. (Photo by Shaun Fletcher)

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Recipe: Carolina Gold Rice Soup with Peanuts, Scallions, and Quail

Carolina Gold rice soup Chef Shaun Doty’s creamy, porridge-like soup is made with heirloom Carolina Gold rice, enriched with fried quail eggs, and topped with sprinkles of crunchy peanuts and scallions. It's a satisfying bowl of Southern heritage that will warm you on the inside.

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Recipe: White Bean and Cauliflower Soup with White Truffle Oil

cauliflower and white bean soup Take a break from your Thanksgiving leftovers with this delectable white bean and cauliflower soup from Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby of Horizons in Philadelphia. For a splash of luxury, the purée is finished with white truffle oil, the best that you can afford. "Buy a quality truffle oil and it will be your friend for life, " insists Landau.

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Recipe: Creamy Beer Soup

soup As much as we love Thanksgiving, we know that the ensuing days of picking through your leftovers can get a little wearying. Take a break from the turkey sandwiches with this unusual beer soup, which comes from Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette of Our Lady of the Resurrection monastery in upstate New York. It's made with a classic Trappist beer called Achel, which can be found in specialty beer shops and upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods. You can also visit www.sheltonbrothers.com for a distributor near you.

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Recipe: Parsnip and Celery Root Bisque

soupEven as November sets in and farmers' markets pack up their stands for the year, there's no reason to despair: it's time to stock up on hearty and creamy vegetables for soul-warming late-autumn soups. This thick, toasty bisque, which gets a touch of sweetness from apples, will help you cope with the oncoming winter.

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