Friday, October 3, 2014

FFWD ~ Celery-Celery Soup


FFWD ~ Celery-Celery Soup

Autumn has finally hit the northeast and, with autumn comes cooler weather. The last few days have not only been cooler, but also damp and rainy. What could be more suitable, to welcome the cooler weather, than a big bowl of soup, served with some crusty bread? 
This week our French Friday recipe is for a comforting, earthy Celery-Celery Soup. It is pureed, and served with a dollop of cream or Crème Fraîche on top. Dorie suggested a bonn idee of adding croutons. I chose to serve mine with warmed Italian bread.

This soup is made with celery stalks and celery root (hence the name celery-celery). Finding celery is never a problem. Finding celery root was a bit of a challenge.  I visited my usual store, where I had no luck.  A short ride to another grocery store, across town, and my luck changed. They had a vegetable bin full of celery root. On the way home, I stopped at a local farm stand, for some fresh apples. I love my local farmers! Dorie suggests a sweeter type of apple, such as Fuji. I settled on Honeycrisp, a wonderfully sweet-crisp apple that worked perfectly in this soup.

Earthy and delicious!

This soup was super easy and straightforward! Chop the onions, celery stalks, and apples. Add salt and pepper, and sauté in a few tablespoons of butter. When soft, add the chicken broth and cubed celery root. Simmer for approximately thirty minutes, or until the celery root is soft. Puree!
This soup had a lovely flavor, but was a bit thin. I prefer thicker, heartier soups. I should have remembered this from previous Dorie soups. Next time, I will cut the broth to four cups, instead of six. The apples added a touch of sweetness, enhancing the intended flavor. In the end, you have a tasty pureed soup, that’s both light and earthy with a touch of sweetness.
Bill and I both enjoyed this soup as a light dinner. Easy, comforting and delicious! It will certainly grace my table again. Happy Friday, everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie’s cookbook, “Around My French Table” or here, where Dorie has published it. This post participates with French Fridays with Dorie. To see what the other bloggers thought of this double celery soup, check it out here.

I also want to wish each of my Dorista friends a Happy Anniversary! Four years ago we started this journey together. Who knew back then it would have led to so many wonderful friendships, both real and virtual! Looking forward to what lies ahead!



Everything simmering away
A delightful way to welcome the cooler weather!
 Happy Fall from my neck of the woods to yours!

27 comments:

  1. I love your pumpkin filled with the soup, it looks so festive. We liked this and it was so easy to prepare.
    Happy Anniversary Kathy, it has been a fun four years and I have enjoyed it all, especially meeting you
    and the rest of the Doristas in Seattle.

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  2. Happy anniversary to my FFwD mom! I'm happy you and Bill both enjoyed the soup. While I was doing research about the Caribbean celery root, I came across a recipe for a pumpkin and celery root soup. That one would be perfect for your tureen. :-)

    Your neck of the woods is MAGICAL.

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    1. So proud to be your FFWD mom! You are truly a darling girl! It is pretty around here in the fall…but then winter comes. Pumpkin and celery root soup sounds wonderful…I’ll have to look for that recipe!

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  3. Happy anniversary, Kathy! I've enjoyed getting to know you and getting to spend time with you in person TWICE! Love your fall photo. Is that hydrangea in the front of the photo? As for the soup, I loved it too. And your pumpkin bowl is adorable, so perfect for the season. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

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    1. Betsy, It’s a PeeGee variety hydrangea. The flowers start out white in the spring and then start to turn pink in late August. By the time we get into the cooler fall months the flowers are deep rose in color. One of my favorite bushes! I pick them and dry them in vases for some beautiful fall color indoors. Have a great weekend!

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  4. HI Kathy!
    I must say, I'm not to sure about this soup. Celery and I are not very good friends:) Oh, I know we should be, as a matter of fact I remember doing a rather in depth post titled "What's So Great About Celery" lol after someone asked the question:) However, since it is sooooo good for you I have been trying to slowly add it to our diets. It may be a while before I'm up to this soup but, it sure looks "purty" in that Pumpkin bowl:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy and congratulations to you and the other Doristas:)

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  5. Dear Kathy and delicious soup is perfect for this weather. I do love soups and celery as Louise said above is soooo good for you. Blessings dear for a good weekend. Catherine

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  6. Kathy your neck of the woods looks pretty darn good! We loved this soup, it was everything you represented. Adorable little pumpkin bowls :)

    Happy French Friday Anniversary!

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  7. Easy to prepare and so delicious and packed with beautiful flavours!

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  8. Is that the cutest soup bowl!!! Must be so much fun to use for different things this time of year.
    The soup looks marvelous and coming from Dorie, must be delicious. I agree with Louise, though. Celery and I do not love each other. Isn't that odd? Perhaps in soup form it would be fine.

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  9. It is gorgeous at your house, our leaves are starting to look bright too. I am lucky to have a green market that always seems to carry celery root... someone must be cooking with it in my town. Probably all the Brits we have around. I heard it is quite popular with the English.

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  10. I can't get over that beautiful photo of your fall colors. So pretty! Your soup looks delicious, particularly in that adorable pumpkin tureen!!

    Amazing isn't it that it's been 4 years!! Happy Anniversary indeed! You're right, it's been wonderful!

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  11. I too love the bowl but what's in it looks even better. When I was young I wouldn't have touched celery soup but I like it now.

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  12. I used to love celery soup when I was a kid, and I haven't thought about it for decades until your post. I have to try this, as I also love celeriac! Kathy, your hydrangea is beautiful! Happy autumn! ~ David

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  13. What a delicious post, Kathy. Love your tureen. Yes, this is a Fall soup but we have moved on to Winter in my neck of the woods. We also have Honeycrisps at my Farmers Market. Agree that it is a wonderful apple. Your backyard colors are gorgeous. I can just see a deer or two ambling through every so often. You also have a bit of the feel of wilderness at your house. Wonderful Post.

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  14. Kathy, what a beautiful soup tureen - I do not think that we get any of these wonderful pumpkin tureens around here - I am always jealous of them (in a really good way, of course)...seriously, what a wonderful presentation of your lovely, velvety Celery-Celery Soup!
    Have a nice Sunday,
    Andrea

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  15. Can I please compliment you again and again and again on that GORGEOUS soup... tureen? I learnt a new word from the above comments :D
    Beautiful colour and this soup does look earthy and warming!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I am really not big on celery, but the soup does look extra creamy and delicious!

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  17. I wish Autumn would hit California, I am ready for cooler weather and some rain would be helpful. I love your pumpkin soup bowl. I love honeycrisp apples too. Until next Friday.

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  18. What a gorgeous soup! The weather is getting cooler here, and I find myself longing to make soup again. I'd love to try this one.

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  19. You live in such a beautiful place, Kathy! Happy Anniversary - it's been wonderful cooking along with all of you and getting to know everyone.

    I really enjoyed this soup (and used Honeycrisps, too). Celery root may be a little bit of trouble to clean, but it's so worth it.

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  20. I love your soup Kathy, but most of all I love your pot! It is sooo cute!

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  21. Kathy, love your pumpkin pot for the soup - so seasonally appropriate for the US right now.

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  22. My mother always talks about a celery root soup her mother used to make. We used to get it from one of the CSAs but haven't seen any things year. I like to use it in place of celery since I think it has more flavor. I agree that the recent cold makes a fall soup perfect!

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  23. Hi Kathy, this celery soup looks so yummy. Very comforting soup and definitely perfect to go with crusty bread. Love this simple and warming soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe and the beautiful fall. Do enjoy your fall and warmest regards :)

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  24. Kathy, I just love Dorie's version of the Celery-celery soup. You did an amazing job on it. So comforting and super delicious. The pumpkin soup bowl certainly gives it a festive look. Love the pretty 'neck of the woods' Beautiful fall season! xo

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  25. Oh, I love your fall photo! It's still hot here - I can't stand it. I really want to live where there are seasons. I did get a chance to make up this soup & really enjoyed it.

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