Carrot and red pepper soup

Ingredients

The carrot soup 8888
4 tbsp unsalted butter
6 cups water
6 large carrots 1/2″ dice
1/2 half yellow onion 1/4″ dice
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
the red pepper soup 8888
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 medium red bell pepper, diced
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
red wine vinegar to taste

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
garnishes 8888
chopped fresh chervil leaves
creme fraiche (thinned with warm water)

How to prepare

Prepare the carrot soup: melt the butter in a 6-quart stainless steel soup pot. Add 1 cup of the water, the carrots and onion. Bring to a low simmer; cover and stew for 30 minutes. Remove the cover from the pot. The vegetables should be very tender and the water almost entirely evaporated. If not, continue cooking them until they are. Add the remaining 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches for 3 minutes each. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. The soup should have a velvety consistency and be slightly thicker than heavy cream. Set aside.
Prepare red pepper soup: in a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter. Add the peppers and water, bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the peppers are very tender. Most of the water will have evaporated during this time. In a blender or food processor, puree the peppers with 1/2 cup of the water and pass the puree through a medium-fine sieve to catch any bits of skin. Return the soup to the pan and add salt. If the pepper soup lacks depth, correct it with a few drops of red wine vinegar. If necessary, thin the red pepper soup with a little of the remaining water so its consistency is similar to that of the carrot soup. Presentation: pour two-thirds cup of the carrot soup into each of 8 warmed bowls. Stir 2 tbsp of the red pepper soup into the center. Garnish with chervil and creme fraiche if desired. Draw the cream over the surface with the tines of a fork. Yield: makes 8 servings.

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Gingered chinese noodle soup

Ingredients

3 oz cellophane noodles
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 med onion, sliced
2 thin carrots sliced diag
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
3 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup ham cut into julienne
1 cup shredded watercress leaves
1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1 cup snow peas
1 tsp oriental sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
2 green onions thinly sliced

1 tbsp soy sauce

How to prepare

Put cellophane noodles in lg bowl cover with boiling water let stand 5 minutes drain Thoroughly heat oil in wok or deep lg skillet over med high heat add onion and Carrots and stir fry 3 minutes add garlic and ginger stir fry 30 seconds add stock, Water and soy sauce cover and boil 2 minutes add ham water cress, mushrooms and Noodles return to boil cover, turn off heat and let steep 2 minutes add snow peas, Cover and let steep until vegetables are crisp tender about 3 minutes stir in sesame Oil, rice vinegar and red pepper flakes adjust seasoning serve in deep bowls, Sprinkle with green onions yield: 3 servings .

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Crawfish etouffe

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 tsp flour
1 1/2 cup onion; minced
1/2 cup scallion; chopped
1/2 cup celery; chopped
2 garlic clove; minced
1 tsp tomato paste
2 cup fish stock (see note)
1 cup tomato; chopped
2 cup crayfish meat
1/4 cup parsley; chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper, black
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cup rice, cooked – hot

How to prepare

Melt butter in lb saucepan over low heat; remove from heat and stir in flour until smooth. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, until roux is dark brown. Stir in chopped white and green onions, celery and garlic; cook about 10 minutes. Add tomato paste to fish stock; stir into onion mixture. Add tomatoes, crayfish, parsley and seasonings; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Serve over hot rice. Note: make fish stock from heads and tails of fish and/or crawfish. Yield: 4 servings.

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Beef Stew

Ingredients

2 1/2 lb beef for stew
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup salad oil
1 lg onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups water
4 beef-bouillon cubes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
5 med potatoes, peeled, cut into sm chunks
16 oz bag carrots cut in sm chunks
10 oz pkg frozen peas

How to prepare

Cut meat into 1 1/2 inch chunks. Coat stew meat with flour, reserve left over flour. In 6 quart Dutch oven or lg heavy skillet over med high heat, heat oil. Brown meat all over in oil, a few pieces at a time. Remove pieces as they brown. Reduce heat to med . To Drippings in pan, add onion and garlic, cook 3 minutes,stirring, until onion is almost tender. Stir in reserved flour. Gradually add water, bouillon, salt, Worcestershire, pepper, cook stirring, until mixture is slightly thickened. Add meat, heat to boiling, stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover, simmer 2 1/2 hours until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Add potato and carrots chunks. Over med heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in frozen peas. Cover and simmer 6 -10 minutes or until all of the vegetables are tender. Serve immediately. source: Good Housekeeping

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Red pepper & tomato bisque

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs red bell peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lg onion
3 lbs tomatoes, peeled, diced
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups stock (veg., Beef, chicken)
2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp vinegar or wine
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
croutons or crostini
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

How to prepare

Roast and peel bell peppers. Puree in processor or blender. Heat oil in heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and saut

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Minestrone with cabbage

Ingredients

9 cups homemade beef or chicken
1 1/2 cups dried white beans (great northern or baby limas)
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups diced zucchini

3 cups fresh green beans (about 12 oz), cut into 1″ lengths
3 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
1 1/2 cups chopped celery, w/leafs
1 1/2 cups diced pared potato
1 1/2 cups chopped, seeded & peeled italian plum tomatoes
1 large sprig fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt (optional)
freshly ground pepper
fresh grated parmesan or reggiano

How to prepare

1) make stock
2) soak dried beans overnight, drain or place beans in saucepan with water to cover, boil 1 minute stirring once, let stand, covered for 1 hour. Drain.
3) heat oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat to rippling. Reduce heat to med-low; stir and saut

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CURRIED CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1 lg onion, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 tbsp curry powder
1 (28 oz ) can tomatoes
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 (13 oz ) cans chicken broth, divided
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
salt and pepper to tast

How to prepare

Melt butter in lg saucepan over med heat. Add onion and carrots, saute on low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are lightly golden. Sprinkle onions and carrots with curry powder; cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, one of the cans of broth, allspice, cumin and nutmeg; simmer about 40 minutes. Pour mixture in batches into container of food processor or blender; process until smooth. Return to saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in the other can of broth and cream (or half and half). Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Gazpacho topped with crabmeat

Ingredients

3 lb ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 onion, red, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
3 tbsp vinegar, red wine
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 lb crab meat
1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled, seeded, chopped

How to prepare

Combine 1st 9 ingredients in food processor and chop to desired consistency with steel knife. Allow to sit over night in ‘fridge for flavors to blend. Garnish with cucumber and crabmeat and serve in chilled bowls.

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Potato, onion & roquefort soup

Ingredients

3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onions, chopped
1 large garlic dove, minced
3 med russet potatoes, peeled, chopped
4 cups (or more) chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled roquefort cheese (3 oz)

How to prepare

Melt unsalted butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and saut until tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and 4 cups stock. Simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Add whipping cream and roquefort cheese and stir until cheese melts. Puree soup in blender in batches. Return soup to saucepan. Thin with additional chicken stock if necessary. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) 6 servings

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Irish stew

Ingredients

3 lbs boneless lamb shoulder cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 cups sliced potato
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup cubed white turnips
1-1/2 cups sliced carrots
salt & pepper

How to prepare

Put the lamb, chopped onion and diced potato into a stew pot and pour on boiling water to cover them. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour. With a fork, mash up the diced potato to thicken the gravy and then add the other vegetables except the parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover and simmer 30 to 45 minutes, or until everything is tender. Serve sprinkled with the chopped parsley. Serves: 6 to 8

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