Friday, July 15, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie Cold Cantaloupe Soup

This was so lovely and refreshing…Bon appetit!

I've been trying to think of what I could say about Cold Cantaloupe Soup. I could say, I wasn't excited about making it..but it's French Friday and you have to broaden your horizons!  Because I'm part of a group that steps out of our comfort zones, I decided to step up to the challenge. I'm really glad I did! I guess I never thought of soup as cold and fruity! I  really can't think of this as a soup. It's more like a fruit drink with melon balls. The biggest challenge I found with this soup was finding a nice cantaloupe. Dorie said, "buy a cantaloupe that is dead ripe". The melons my store carried were not only not ripe but, kind of sad looking.  I went to a second grocery store and found that they also had very sad looking cantaloupes.  The prices were high and the quality low, so no one was buying them!  Finally, I took a chance and stopped at the farm stand. I know they bring in fruit from out of the area until ours is ready to pick. Voila! A really nice ripe sweet cantaloupe! I happen to love cantaloupe so the taste of this dish was very delightful and refreshing. It was also quite easy to make. I used rasperries from my garden instead of strawerries.  And I also added the sweet white wine when I served it.  It was a very nice addition. I now have a new summer favorite that I look forward to trying again!


This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans new cookbook "Around My French Table". Check out how other Doristas did with this recipe here!      



Melon balls

Ready to puree
My melon soup and fresh raspberries from my garden


25 comments:

  1. Kathy-
    I agree soup to me is hot. That being said, though, I can't wait to try this! It looks wonderful.
    Karen

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  2. How beautiful, Kathy! I didn't make this as the only melon I like is watermelon. But, I'm even more impressed with your raspberries! How very cool that you grow them in your garden! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love the idea of raspberries with this. Such a clever crew we have going at FFwD...

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  4. Hi Kathy, I didn't have time to make the berry soup this week :( I have those same dessert bowls!! The "soup" looks great in them. I still plan on making the soup, glad you liked it.

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  5. Gorgeous photo of your melon berry soups!
    My horizons were broadened(is that a word?) this week too;-) I loved this recipe and also love that you've used raspberries from your garden, you're my idol;-)

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  6. Your soup looks great! Glad you liked it. We weren't so crazy about it here, maybe because I left out the wine.

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  7. Your soups look great with the raspberries - good idea! I really liked how refreshing this was.

    I love the logo at the top of your blog :)

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  8. Looks wonderful with the raspberries. Hubby and I were not thrilled
    with it, but I think I may have used too much ginger or lime juice.
    Sometimes I have a heavy hand in measuring. I'm glad you were able to
    find a ripe melon, I waited all week for mine to ripen.

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  9. Nice photo! Love the idea of using raspberries (esp fresh picked ones!!) ... sounds better than strawberries to me! Pretty glasses, too!

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  10. I'm jealous of your beautiful raspberries, Kathy! I have to admit I bought pre-cut melon because I was only making half a batch for me, so it wasn't as ripe as it should have been. That said, I really enjoyed the soup too and would definitely make it again, even if I can't find the perfect melon.

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  11. I felt the same way about trying this one. Rather than skip, I reminded myself to just make it and broaden my horizons. The cantaloupe at my supermarket was sad, so I tried it with honeydew. Success!

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  12. Looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. What a beautiful presentation, Kathy! I have those same glasses, but in ruby red (they were my mother's)! Your raspberries look so pretty. I agree - this was such a pleasant surprise treat. Have a great weekend!

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  14. Looks great and I love the idea of raspberries from your garden. I'm very jealous Kathy! As a starter for breakfast or brunch seems like the right place for this soupp.

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  15. Your soup looks fabulous with raspberries...great idea!

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  16. Once again perfection! I adore cold soups, have them on every cruise we take. Now perhaps I can make my own. Gorgeous berries and pictures!

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  17. Gorgeous summer soup with the cantaloupe and the raspberries...no wonder your guarding your berry garden...I would too! They are still too expensive to buy, always have been but we love all the berries, and you are so fortunate Kathy, to be able to grow them in your garden.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!
    xoxo

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  18. Lovely photos, Kathy! The soup looks great in your dessert dishes and I love the little jug in your last photo. I'll have to try wine next time I make this - I skipped it this time.

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  19. Kathy, I was really surprised when I posted my berry soup at the same time all the French Friday Dories were doing a cold cantaloupe soup! I love cold soups and this just sounds amazing!!

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  20. So happy that you took a step out of your comfort zone and the risk paid off! I imagine the tartness of the raspberries would go amazing with the sweet cantaloupe.

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  21. Surfing through the blogs, I ended up here.
    What good are your recipes and photos.
    Offer some interesting points, congratulations.
    I addition to your supporters so you do not lose sight of.
    If you like, go and see, you're welcome.
    Excuse my English

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  22. Hi Kathy-I'm back again to let you know I have an award waiting for you to claim on my blog.
    Congratulations, well deserved!

    p.s. I won't feel so bad now, about receiving the comment from previous blogger on your blog as well...LOL...it's the same as mine.
    Yikes..."What good are your recipes and photos?"
    Should there have been a ? mark?...and maybe "do offerf some interesting points?"...this time an exclamation mark?
    I must admit, I pondered on this a little!
    There you go, a translation "gone wrong"

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  23. This looks delicious and really beautiful ;)

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  24. Your soup looks gorgeous with the raspberries floating in it! I left out the sweet wine, but may have to try it next time.

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