Friday, January 17, 2014

FFWD ~ Christine’s Simple Party Soups

 FFWD ~ Christine’s Simple Party Soups

To welcome in the New Year, French Fridays is serving up some party soups!  These
soups are actually quite simple to prepare and, they make a lovely presentation. I chose to make half batches of two of them, the asparagus and red pepper. I was pretty sure I would be the only one eating them!


I would think if you enjoy your veggies…you will enjoy these soups

Start with some chicken broth, simmered with your veggie of choice, broccoli, red pepper or asparagus, add some salt and pepper.  After they simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, and the veggies are soft, puree the soups. I used my trusty Vita-mix, and it was a breeze. They were both very pretty to look at, served in my Irish coffee mugs, and tasty. However, I thought they both could have benefitted from a garlic clove, or some onion.  When you serve these, Dorie suggests some whipped heavy cream garnished with either a sprinkling of cardamon, curry powder, piment d’Espelette or crushed pink peppercorns.  I used greek yogurt with a touch of cardamon. It worked quite well. Bill doesn’t eat most green veggies, but he does like red peppers.  I thought he might enjoy the red pepper soup.  He reluctantly took a taste, and told me it tasted to red peppery…duh!!  I am in the process of consuming both soups by myself.
Tasty and pretty, too!

This month is my month to host my Bunco group. I thought these would go over quite well with the ladies. I will be giving them another try, with people who will appreciate them.  Dorie says you can serve these soups either warm or cold. My preference is warm! It’s cold in N.J.  Hot soups just seem so much more appropriate! Happy Friday everyone!! 
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around My French Table.  It has also been published here.  And don’t forget to check out what my fellow Doristas thought of this recipe, here at  French Fridays with Dorie.


These soups are quite easy to prepare…chicken broth, asparagus, zucchini and salt and pepper
This one is the red pepper with chicken broth….boil, puree and enjoy!! 


27 comments:

  1. I am agreeing with everyone's Bill this week. Too red peppery indeed. This really needed balance so I didn't see what all the Christine fuss was about. Your photos are gorgeous and I love that tray! And just in time for heart-shaped tray season!

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  2. I liked the asparagus one. Your presentation is very elegant - your copper tray is devine.

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  3. This is definitely a great way to eat your veggies! And, I love your heart-shaped serving tray!

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  4. Something is strange… either folks are calling this dull or delicious. I'm really curious why there is so much difference in the perception of these soups? I wonder if produce, spices, boullion or broth,,,hmm. a mystery.

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  5. Lovely presentation. Your soups look delicious. Your Bunco group is in for a treat.

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  6. The heart tray is back! <3

    I guess I didn't mind the orange peppery flavors that much. I did use a veggie bouillon, which helped with some of the aromatic flavors these soups definitely needed for balance.

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  7. These would be so fun to serve at a party! Love the festive colors.

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  8. Too red peppery:-) That's great. At least he tried it. My husband hates bell peppers so he stuck to the other two soups.

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  9. Dear Kathy, These soups make a real nice presentation. I would like mine warm too. I like the Greek yogurt rather than the whip cream too. Whip cream seems more for dessert. In either case you have some really delicious and very healthy soup to finish. It will keep you healthy, warm and cozy. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  10. This is perfect to serve to an appreciative group. They are so pretty to look at, and delicious to taste. I made all three and enjoyed the green ones best. Bill's loss is your gain! After the polar vortex left, it was almost spring-like this week, and now it's snowing hard. Hope you are staying warm.

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  11. Wonderful presentation, Kathy! I actually bought the veggies - hopefully I'll get to it this weekend!

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  12. These look terrific, Kathy! So beautiful and fresh.

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  13. These are a beautiful sight to behold Kathy! I love the colors and the simplicity.

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  14. Gorgeous composition and styling. Love the copper tray. Funny comment from your husband about the red soup being too peppery.

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  15. Love the way you served these! How nice! I think you were right to serve them warm. It's cold out there these days! Well done!

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  16. Lovely presentation. I wasn't fond of these, but appreciated the vibrancy of the flavour all the same.

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  17. These party soups look so lovely, Kathy. I love the presentation too.

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  18. love how you made this Kathy look awesome!!

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  19. I love your presentation! I liked the soups but they would definitely have benefited from and onion or two!!! Have a great week!!

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  20. Beautiful presentation, Kathy! (The Vitamix did a amazing job smoothing these up, didn't it?)

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  21. Your soups look lovely on their own, but the glass mugs and copper tray really look fabulous. Your glasses remind me of Dansk Irish coffee mugs that I own but I think yours might be a smaller size. Which makes me wonder if you ever went to that Dansk outlet in Flemington back in the day. I grew up not far away and worked there during school in the mid and late 80's. Got Nana and I some amazing dinnerware and entertaining pieces too, I might add !! I chuckled at Bill's reaction. Perfect. My hubby gave the red pepper soup a shot of Tabasco when he had it as leftovers. But overall we enjoyed them and I love the idea of a quick hit when I have veggies that need to be moved along. And not to the garbage ......

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  22. Yes, my husband is like that sometimes too! But the soups were beautiful in the Irish Coffee mugs--what a great idea!

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  23. The soups look so good in the Irish coffee mugs ! Love your Beaut tray too.

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  24. Love your pictures, Kathy. The only soup I really enjoyed of the 3 red pepper-versions I made was the red pepper-raspberry. I would suggest making that variation for your Bunco group but it really needs to be served cold. And, it's Winter in NJ, and you need hot. I didn't make the asparagus or broccoli but I would like to know how you group of gals felt about these soups. I hope you had a great birthday celebration with your boys. xox

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  25. I love their colors Kathy and such an elegant presentation!

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  26. Too red peppery! Hahaha. How funny. I love your presentation. Your tray is so pretty.

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  27. I might have to try the asparagus one (I made broccoli) - yours looks so pretty!

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