Soups

Magnificently Green Kale Soup

Wally has loved this soup since he started eating "solid" foods. I can't get over how he puts it down. It's very satisfying to feed him greens. ~Sarah Voiland

3/4 lb. Kale (about 1 bunch) or other greens
7 cups water
3/4 cup cashews, preferably soaked in water overnight
1 tbs. butter or olive oil
1 medium onion
2 cloves chopped garlic (optional)
Pinch of nutmeg
2 tbs. beer (optional)
2 tbs. chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 tbs. lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop the onion and sauté in butter until caramelized. Add the garlic (if using) and cook for a minute. Puree kale in six cups of water and add to pot. Puree cashews with a cup of water and add to pot along with beer, nutmeg, lemon juice, parsley, and salt & pepper.
Simmer for 20 minutes, adjust seasoning, and serve it hot.

Golden Autumn Soup

2 red, yellow, or orange peppers
1 large winter squash, roasted in oven
1 head cauliflower, diced and blanched
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ ts. Ginger
2 ts. Curry
1 sprig rosemary
4 cups veggie broth
1 hot pepper, diced
1/4 c. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Saute  onions, garlic,  hot pepper, rosemary, and ginger in 2 tbs. olive oil or butter. Add the peppers and squash and saute for a few more minutes. Add remaining ingredients except cauliflower and simmer for 10 minutes.
Puree in a blender or food processor. Add cauliflower and heat for 5 more minutes. Serve!

Optional: Roasted Red Peppers add a smoky flavor to this dish. Simply add peppers during puree process.

From Red Fire Chef Kristen Schafenacker, 2007.

Butternut-Apple Bisque

2 med. or 1 large butternut squash
3 Tbs. olive oil or butter
2 onions
3 apples
5 cups vegetable stock
1 cup cream (or coconut milk)
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and bake at 375˚ until soft.
While squash is baking, sauté the onions in the butter. When they become translucent, add the apples and cover, cooking until apples are soft. When squash is soft, scoop it from the shell and puree with the onions and apples. Add the stock and the cream and reheat.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bean and Swiss Chard Soup

From Chelle, a CSA member. She says: " We made this the other night in our crock pot with our most recent CSA pick up and it turned out great so we wanted to share it."

4-5 cups swiss chard leaves chopped (stems and veins removed)
1 zucchini, chopped
1 squash, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (low-sodium works well)
1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme

Put all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

If cooking on a stove top, heat some olive oil in a large pot.
Add onion and garlic and saute until onions are tender. Add all other ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until chard is tender.

Enjoy!

Dekal's Tomato Bean Soup

Here's a recipe and notes from a Granby CSA member: "Since tomatoes are here and soon to be more abundant, i thought i'd share a simple recipe but goodie... this soup can be made w/all seasonal RFF ingredients. we LOVE it. i've only approximate measurements, you really can't go wrong. Here it is:"

approx. 3-4 lbs tomatoes (seconds come in handy here / also can add a can of crushed/diced) quartered
1 large chopped sweet onion
approx. 2 quarts of yellow beans - trimmed and cut into 1 inch size pieces
handful of chopped dill
2-4 TBS olive oil
salt & pepper
water (as needed)
grated parmesean cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil over medium heat. Sautee sweet onion until soft and translucent.
Add beans and sautee a few minutes more.
Blanch tomatoes to remove skins prior to quartering. Add tomatoes to the sautee and let cook for 30-45 minutes over medium heat until tomatoes completely break down.
Add water, if necessary, for desired consistency. add dill, salt & pepper and simmer for 5 more minutes. top each serving w/parmesean cheese and/or a dollop of sour cream if desired. Reheats very well.

take care and bon apetit!
melissa

Gazpacho

- Spanish Cold Tomato and Cucumber Soup -

1 red onion
3 Red Fire Farm tomatoes
½ medium cucumber
½ green pepper
½ red pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 ½ cups tomato juice
½ teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white wine vinegar

Garlic Croutons
6 slices bread
¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed

1. Finely chop the onion, tomatoes, cucumber and peppers. Place in a large bowl with garlic.
2. Stir in the juice, sugar, salt and pepper, and combined oil and vinegar and mix well.
Refrigerate. Serve soup cold, with a bowl of garlic croutons.
3. To make Garlic Croutons: Preheat the oven to moderate. Trim the crusts from the bread and cut the bread into cubes. Drizzle with combined oil and garlic and mix well. Spread on baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, turning twice, or until golden brown.

Cold Cucumber Soup

5-6 cucumbers (peel if desired)
2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. chopped dill
1 tsp salt
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tsp minced mint
1 Tbs vinegar
black pepper to taste

Place all but one cucumber in the blender and process until smooth. Chop remaining cucumber and add. Chill.

Cold Strawberry-Buttermilk Soup

(as served at the Strawberry Soiree 2009)

2 pt. fresh strawberries
2 Tbs lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1/4 c. sugar
4 1/2 c. buttermilk or plain yogurt
2 Tbs. minced mint plus sprigs for garnish

Rinse and hull strawberries. Place in blender with sugar. Process until smooth.
Transfer to large bowl.
Stir in lemon juice and zest. Stir in buttermilk or yogurt and minced mint
. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Spoon into soup bowls and garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.