Chilled Cucumber Soup

When most people think of making a summer dish, soup probably doesn't immediately come to mind. Summer warrants cool and refreshing, not hot and comforting. Have you ever tried chilled soup?  They're the most refreshing appetizer to any summer meal and they're simple to make.  My mom was heralded for her Chilled Cucumber Soup.  It always perked eye brows and taste buds whenever it was served.  She usually whipped up a fresh batch before we went over someone's house for dinner.  The Cuisinart would be humming as the cucumbers and yogurt … [Read more...]

Watermelon Gazpacho

Calling all soup lovers, or non-lovers Have you tried gazpacho this summer?  I sure hope so. A few years ago I started making gazpacho and I've since become obsessed. The best part about Gazpacho (in my humble opinion) are the medley of flavors that BURST in your mouth, the texture of the soup, and the fact that it's served COLD.  It's perfect as a summertime side and seriously can't be any easier to make. So, maybe you've avoided it because of the quirky name? Maybe you're not into chilled soups? I promise this recipe for … [Read more...]

Blackberry Pear Soup

All summer long we've been enjoying summer soups from the freshest bounty of vegetables we could find. Have you ever consider making soup for dessert? It's an ideal medium for fresh seasonal fruits. This recipe from Chef Payard only uses 4 ingredients and makes for an elegant and healthy dessert. For a little extra sweetness, don't be shy, add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top or even a nice dollop of fresh ricotta cheese. Enjoy.   … [Read more...]

Blueberry Mint Soup

Steamy hot weather calls for cold-chilled soups. Who's excited about cooking hot foods during the dog days of summer. I usually opt for salads, smoothies and any meat that can be quickly cooked on the grill. My mint plant is luscious so I decided to recreate one of my favorite summer soups-- from our resident soup expert Seriously Soupy-- inspired by my plant and the fresh batch of blueberries in my refrigerator. Also included in this recipe is some refreshing watermelon, Greek yogurt and a little bit of sugar to really make this a … [Read more...]