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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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Broccoli Onion Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 onions, chopped, about 3/4 ounce
1-2 tablespoons butter
16 ounces frozen broccoli
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup heavy cream
Pinch nutmeg, optional

Instructions:

Sauté the onions in the butter in a medium saucepan until tender.

Add the frozen broccoli, broth and a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer until the broccoli is very tender, about 10 minutes.

Puree in a blender or with a stick blender until smooth and thick. Stir in the cream and blend well. Adjust seasoning and add nutmeg, if desired.

Makes about 6 servings

Carb Count: 4 carbs per serving.


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Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh onion
1 chopped rib celery
1 1/2 lb Broccoli
2 cup beef bouillon
3/4 cup cream
2 tablespoons chopped scallions

Instructions:

Melt butter in saucepan; add onion and celery and cook until tender.

Wash and trim broccoli; cut into small pieces.

In a large saucepan, add broccoli and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Stir in onion and celery. Puree 2-3 batches in blender or food processor.

Return to saucepan, add cream and cook 2 minutes until thickened.

Garnish with chopped scallions.

Carb Count: 4 carbs per serving. Serves 4.


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Broccoli Soup with Garlic & Onions Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bunch broccoli
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick butter, unsalted
2 cups water
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
Nutmeg
Salt
Garlic powder
Black pepper

Instructions:

Lightly saute garlic, onions with 1/2 the butter. Add broccoli and water – bring to boil.

Reduce heat and add cream and the rest of butter cook until desired texture of broccoli.


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Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
5 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
48 ounces chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces cream cheese
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

In large sauce pot, cook bacon until crisp; remove and set aside. Drain drippings.

In same sauce pot, cook onion and garlic until tender. Add broth; cook 5 minutes. Add mustard and pepper, stirring to blend well.

Add cream, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Heat, stirring, until cheeses are melted. Do not boil. Sprinkle each serving with bacon.

Carb Count: 3 carbs per serving. Serves 8.


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Cold Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Fresh Dill Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
7 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of oil or butter
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill (divided 2/1)
5 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup water
4 slices of bacon

Instructions:

Cook bacon and chop up finely.

In a deep pot put the tbsp of butter or oil in the pan and cook the chopped onion until soft and lightly browned.

Add the cauliflower, salt, cayenne, only 2 tbs. of the dill, and the chicken stock. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat. Cook until the cauliflower is tender and can be pierced with a knife.

Blend the mixture in batches in a food processor or blender and return soup to the pot with heat off.

Stir in cream and water and let cool. Move to refrigerator to chill for 3 hours, minimally.

When serving, sprinkle bacon and remaining dill on top – individually or in large serving bowl.

Servings: 4


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Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
1 cup raw, chopped broccoli
1/2 cup raw, chopped cauliflower (about 1-inch pieces)
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup diced, skinless chicken

Instructions:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Put stock in a medium saucepan. Add optional butter and/or olive oil. Add vegetables. Add salt and freshly ground pepper. Simmer until vegetables are tender. This is a clear soup. If you want the soup to be slightly thicker, you can mash some veggies (right in the pot) with a potato masher or put half of the veggies in a blender or food processor and puree briefly, then return to soup. Add the diced chicken last. Reheat if needed. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Variation: Creamy Chicken Soup
Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to the soup shortly before serving it. Heat through and adjust seasonings. based on a 1/4 cup serving.


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