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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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Chicken Egg Broth Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp parsley
2 eggs, beaten

Instructions:

Heat the broth, garlic and parsley to a simmer.

Add the eggs and stir with a fork to make threads.

Bring broth back to a simmer, and serve immediately.


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Escarole Meatball Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
½ pound ground sirloin
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pork rind “bread crumbs”
2 tablespoons minced parsley
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup minced onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups shredded escarole, rinsed and dried
4 cups chicken broth
Pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl combine the meat, half the cheese, the “bread crumbs”, parsley, salt, pepper, egg, and ½ cup of minced onion. Mix well with your hands and divide into little meatballs.

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the meatballs—half at a time—and sauté until they’re golden brown all over. Remove the meatballs to a plate.

Add the remaining olive oil to the pot along with the additional ¼ cup of onion and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Stir in the escarole, cover, and cook until it’s wilted, about 3 minutes.

Add the broth and the meatballs, bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for about 3 minutes.

Serve in warm soup plates, sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan and pepper flakes.

Carb Count: 2.6 carbs per serving. Serves 4.


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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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Squash Soup with Gruyere Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
Squash Stock
Seeds and scrapings from the squash
1 celery stalk, plus some leaves, chopped into small pieces
1 turnip, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dried sage leaves or 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves
4 parsley branches
3 thyme branches
½ teaspoon salt
8 cups cold water
1 yellow or zucchini squash, weighing about 2½ pounds, halved and scooped out
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
½ to 1 teaspoon salt
6 to 7 cups stock
½ to 1 cup light cream
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, finely grated
Thyme leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
White pepper

Instructions:

Cut the squash in half and scrape out all the seeds and stringy material with a large metal spoon. Put them in a pot with the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, simmer for 25 minutes, and then strain.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the squash halves, face down, on a lightly oiled baking sheet until the skin is wrinkled and the flesh is soft, about 1 hour. Remove them from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Reserve any caramelized juices that may have collected on the pan.

Melt the butter in a soup pot, add the onion, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the cooked pumpkin, the juices, if any, the salt, and 6 cups of the stock. Bring to a boil; then simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Pass the soup through a food mill, which will smooth it out while leaving some texture. Return the soup to the pot and add the cream and more stock, if necessary, to thin it.

Taste for salt and season with the freshly ground white pepper. Stir in the grated cheese and serve the soup with the thyme leaves scattered over it.

Variation: Another way to make this soup is to bake squash with the cream and the cheese inside their hollowed-out shells. The cooked flesh is scraped into the hot cream and melted cheese and served right from the pumpkin.


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Avocado Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon tabasco (or more to taste)
1/4 cup firmly packed cilantro
Juice of one medium lime
2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
6 or 8 green onions including green tops
cilantro sprigs

Instructions:

Cut one cucumber into chunks and process with 2 cups of the broth, cilantro, lime juice, salt and Tabasco.

Pit, peel and chop avocados. Process with pureed mixture and add the third cup of broth.

Process briefly to coarsely puree the avocado, leaving some chunks.

Chill at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, dice the green onions, and peel, seed and chop the second cucumber. Pour soup into bowls and garnish each with fresh cilantro sprigs.

Minced onion and diced cucumber on the side to add individually.


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