Friday, December 7, 2012

FFWD ~ Creamy Cauliflower Soup sans cream

Dories' Creamy Cauliflower Soup…sans cream

This week, on the agenda for French Fridays, is a recipe that leaves my house divided! Kind of like congress! We will never come to an agreement!  I knew when I decided to make it, I would only be making half the recipe because, I’d be eating it alone! My husband hates cauliflower, or any vegetable in the cabbage family.  He eats slaw…even made with broccoli...because I have become a genius at hiding veggies he won’t eat!  However, that wasn’t going to happen with this soup.
On the other hand, I love cauliflower! When I saw this soup picked for FF, I was delighted!  So, I decided to make it for my dinner, and make my husband lamb chops!  We would both be happy! Unlike congress, we’ve learned the art of compromise!

Cauliflower is actually a large edible flower. The head of the cauliflower, called a “curd”, is made of undeveloped white flower buds. There are many varieties and colors of cauliflower. 
My favorite way to eat Cauliflower is roasted in the oven.  A little olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and you have one absolutely fabulous side dish!

This soup was quite easy to put together. In a dutch oven, add olive oil and butter, heat slowly. Then add  chopped onion, chopped celery, garlic clove, fresh thyme, salt and pepper, and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes.  Toss in the cauliflower, add chicken broth, and cook until very soft. Finally, puree. That’s pretty much it...delicious! I will be eating it for lunch again today, and will enjoy it just as much as I did the first time! Ahhh compromise!!  The secret to being married a very long time! 

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or here, where it has been published. To see what other Doristas are doing with this recipe check it out here.




Onions, celery, garlic and thyme slow cooking in olive oil and butter
Cauliflower and chicken broth added
Pureed
Served with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of walnuts
Ohhh soooo good!!!

27 comments:

  1. Kathy for Congress! A woman who can teach them the art of compromise:) Your soup looks delicious!

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  2. lol, we'd switch it around at my house: cauliflower for the husband and lamb chops for me! But I thought this soup was okay. I think the garnishes made all the difference. Your soup looks wonderful - so elegant and creamy! Very nice!

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  3. Walnuts and sour cream are garnishes I would like to try. Your soup is lovely!

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  4. I think the world needs more mothers in office - we spend so much time getting our kids to play nice with each other (and still get things done) that tackling the rest should be a no brainer :-)
    The sour cream & walnut garnish looks perfect.

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  5. Roasted is my favorite way with cauliflower too. But this soup was a wonderful surprise. It looks lovely Kathy! Have a great weekend

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  6. Whoever the "unknown" is that said women belong in the House and the Senate is correct, of course. Just like all good things, it's a slow but steady process. Also correct is the "unknown" who said, "I am woman! I am invincible! I am pooped!" Good call on the lamb chops, Kathy. Bet he's not a brussel sprout guy either. Same family. Your soup looks wonderful. I loved this recipe also.

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  7. Kathy, you made this Creamy Cauliflower Soup look so incredibly elegant - the addition of walnuts and sour cream sounds very interesting and it certainly looks wonderful! So very well done! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Compromise ALWAYS works. This was a great soup.

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  9. Compromise is good, yes, but I would have made the soup for my own first course and taken up a couple of lamb chops, too!! Yum.

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  10. I love the addition of sour cream and walnuts. It's amazing how well this soup turned out and so very simple and easy to
    prepare. We loved it. So far the recipes have been great this month. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. The soup looks delicious:) I love the idea of sprinkling the soup with walnuts -yumm. This soup was a favorite of mine. Have a nice weekend, Kathy.

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  12. A creamy soup without cream?!?!? Sounds fabulous to me!

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  13. I second Guyla's nomination for Kathy for congress!!! I think I need intensive classes on that topic lol. I loved the soup ! Have a great weekend!

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  14. I don't love vegetable...wish i did, but I always love a vegetable soup and especially ones that have been pureed. The addition of walnuts is not something I would have thought of, but I will add them next time for sure!! Oh so good and oh so pretty in your china with a silver soup spoon!

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  15. What beautiful presentation of this lovely soup :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. Your soup looks fantastic! Beautifully photographed.

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  17. Now that's a creamy flavorful soup... looks very nice! Thanks for stopping by. I am impressed you make those cookies every year.. It tooks hours to do all the steps, do you take orders? Next time I will buy them as much as we love them I cant spend all day making one cookie lol I work 14 hour days. Have a wonderful Holiday if I dont get back here again... thanks again for being a great foodie friend! Xoxo merry christmas..

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  18. Oh that soup looks delicious and so perfect for this time of year! That sounds like a wonderful meal- between this soup and lamb chops-- what a feast! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season!

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  19. I note several using walnuts as toppers and they look so good. I'll remember them for next time. I'm also looking at your gingerbread baby cakes and they are really pretty. Love your little heart shapes. We really like this recipe at our house. I know many complained about all the molasses but...we liked it!

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  20. Yup, I think we married the same man! Glad you enjoyed this, too, Kathy!

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  21. Cauliflower is a big favorite in our house, though I've never tried it in soup. Looks very warming and delicious!

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  22. Beautifully presented cauliflower soup! I'm going to be playing big time catch up this month on all the FFWD recipes!
    I'll just come over to see your creations, they always look beautiful and delicious;-)

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  23. I like cauliflower but sadly did not love this soup. I must try it roasted. Thanks for all the fun facts on cauliflower!

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  24. Marriage is all about the art of compromise. I guess no one in Congress has figured that out yet. I have been working on enjoying cauliflower (and broccoli) more and this soup was definitely a step in the right direction. I'm glad you enjoyed your half a batch. Just think, you didn't have to share at all! Have a great week!

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  25. A house divided - haha! Glad you loved this soup and it sounds like your husband had a nice dinner to his liking as well!

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  26. I wasn't sure about this recipe in my house either because John dislikes creamed soup of any kind, so I haven't made it yet. I will try it soon. Yours looks delicious.

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  27. If only politics worked out so well! I like your addition of sour cream to the soup - sounds delicious.

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