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Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 medium yellow crookneck squash
2 medium onions
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:

Boil sliced squash and onions in chicken broth for 15 minutes until both are tender. Strain most of broth and save.

Puree squash and onions in blender or food processor. Add back to broth. Add curry and pepper; stir well. Add cream and nutmeg.

Can be served warm or cold.


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Stuffed Cucumber Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 lb ground pork (or veal)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon Thai Fish Sauce* (Nam Pla)
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro (also -called Chinese parsley)
8 ea green onions, white part and 2″ of green tops
1 can of boiled quail eggs*, drained and rinsed with fresh tap water
4 ea cucumbers (about 8″ long)
2 qt chicken stock

*Available in Asian markets

Instructions:

Select cucumbers which are 7 to 8 inches long, but as small around as you can get. Peel the cucumbers and then slice each across into four equal pieces. Using a small spoon scoop out the seeds being careful to leave a “bottom” in each piece.

Preparing the meat stuffing:

Combine the ground pork, garlic, ginger, cilantro, 4 of the green onions, and fish sauce. Make a small ball of the mixture and microwave for about a minute to cook thoroughly. Taste for seasoning, and correct if needed.

Using your fingers stuff the meat mixture into the cucumbers (stick a toothpick through the side of the cucumber and into the meat to hold it in place while it cooks) in the hot chicken stock.

Cook about 15 minutes and add the 4 remaining green onions cut in 2″ lengths, and the canned quail eggs.

Cook another 5 minutes and serve immediately.

Note: If you can manage to keep the soup just barely below the boil your finished soup will be very clear.


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Vegetable Broth Recipe

Ingredients:
2 unpeeled carrots, sliced
2 leeks, both white and green parts, washed and sliced
1 green from the fennel bulb or the bulb itself, sliced
2 turnips, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 unpeeled garlic cloves, cut-in half
1 bunch parsley
4 fresh thyme sprigs, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup mushroom stems
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 cup dry white wine

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except peppercorns and wine in a 4-quart pot.

Pour over just enough water to cover and heat on high heat until liquid comes to a boil. Turn heat down, cover pot and keep broth at a slow simmer.

When vegetables have simmered 30 minutes, add peppercorns and white wine and simmer for 10 minutes more. Strain through a medium-mesh strainer into a clean pot or heat-resistant plastic container.

Let broth cool, uncovered, for an hour before putting it in the refrigerator.


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Vegetable Confetti Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions; minced
2 large trimmed fennel bulbs – cut into 1/3-inch dice
10 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 large red pepper – cut into 1/3-inch dice
2 medium zucchini- cut into 1/3-inch dice
12 large mushrooms – trimmed, quartered
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Grated imported parmesan – for serving

Instructions:

Heat oil in 6-Quart Pot. Add onions. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir often.

Add fennel, stock, tarragon, thyme. Bring to boil. Simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 20 minutes.

Add red pepper, zucchini and mushrooms. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes more.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be refrigerated as long as 4 days or frozen up to 3 months.

Serve hot, garnished with cheese.

Makes 14 Cups


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Vichyssoise Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 cup
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 large head cauliflower
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
White pepper
Snipped chives
Snipped dill

Optional: 2 teaspoons curry powder.

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. (Optional: Add curry powder for a lively version)

Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower into small pieces about the size of croutons. Add the cauliflower to the broth, cover, and cook until tender, from 5 to 10 minutes.

Puree the soup in the blender in 2 batches. Let cool for 1/2 hour, then add the cream, whisking in. Add white pepper to taste.

Chill for at least 2 hours, blend again before serving, and add a grind of white pepper and a scatter of herbs on each bowl.

Tastes amazing like potato vichyssoise.

Carbs: 3.7 gram per serving. Serves 6


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Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 cup basic stock
2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions

Instructions:

In a small bowl, beat eggs with a pinch of salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring stock to a boil. Slowly pour beaten eggs into boiling stock, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute.

Place remaining salt and onions in a serving bowl. Add soup; serve hot.

Carb Count: 0.5 carbs per serving. Makes 4 servings.


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Herbed Zucchini Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon (1 teaspoon for dried tarragon)
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Place broth, zucchini and tarragon in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the zucchini is tender, 7 to 10 minutes.

Puree in a blender in batches if necessary, until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and heat over medium-high, slowly stirring in cheese. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Serve hot or chilled.
4 servings.


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Satay-Satay Hurricane Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 clove garlic
1 shallot
1 med red onion, peeled
1 teaspoon dried red chili pepper
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 slices fresh galanga (ginger family)*
1 stalk lemon grass
4 fresh lime leaves
6 cups chicken stock
6 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pia)*
6 packets Stevia
12 medium shrimp
8 pieces of crab claw
8 mussels
8 thin slices whitefish or Salmon
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Chopped green onion and coriander root, for garnish

(*used in Thai cooking)

Instructions:

In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, shallot, onion, chili, paprika and oil. Process until smoothly combined and pureed.

Place in a small saucepan over low heat and cook for 15 to 20 minutes to release the flavors, stirring occasionally so it does not burn. Set the mixture aside and let it cool to room temperature.

In a large saucepan, combine 4 tablespoons of the garlic-onion mixture with galanga, lemon grass, lime leaves, chicken stock, fish sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Add the shrimp, crab claw, mussels and fish to the stock. Let the soup return to a boil again and simmer for a minute or two. Add lime juice, and garnish with chopped green onion and coriander root.


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Seven Happiness Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 cup chicken Stock
1 slice ginger
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
1/3 cup coarsely chopped tofu
1/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup snow peas
1/3 cup slivered bamboo shoots
1/3 cup thin sliced water chestnuts
1/3 cup sliced carrots

Instructions:

Combine chicken stock, ginger and garlic. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove garlic and ginger.

Add remaining ingredients to flavored stock, simmer gently for 20 minutes.


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Spinach Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable broth or water
6 cups fresh spinach, tough stems removed
Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour in broth (or water). Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes more.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender or regular blender (in batches), leaving it a little chunky if desired. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Serve the soup garnished with nutmeg, if desired.

6 appetizer servings, 1 cup each


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