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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pureed Vegetable Soups: Christine's Simple Party Soup #French Fridays with Dorie

Pureed Vegetable Soups: Christine's Simple Party Soup: Simple Living & Eating


I have a terrible cold, good timing for soup... bad timing for parties. My husband was away with my son on a Boy Scout trip so my daughter and I surprised him with a birthday lunch when he returned. I was going to make Dorie's Creamy Mushrooms & Eggs, but I felt so terrible that I bought a bunch of salads and made just these party soups.


Pureed Vegetable Soups: Christine's Simple Party Soup: Simple Living and Eating


It felt good to steam my stuffed up head over the pots of vegetables boiling in chicken broth. The soups were really quite easy to make. I know from past experience that Dorie likes thin soup, so I started with two instead of four cups of broth for each soup, and added more after the vegetables boiled down. The red peppers give off a lot of water, so they really didn't need any more broth.

Dorie suggested making whipped cream with different spices… this sounded lovely, but I was too tired. I happened to have some creme fraiche in the fridge, so I just sprinkled the spices on this creme. I used curry with the broccoli soup, cardamon with the asparagus, and red pepper flakes with the red pepper soup. 


Pureed Vegetable Soups: Christine's Simple Party Soup: Simple Living and Eating

The soups were delicious both hot and at room temperature. Everyone in the family loved them. My daughter gobbled up the broccoli soup and my husband devoured the red pepper one... which was good because the lunch was followed by a Dark Chocolate Cake with Mint Frosting topped with York Peppermint Patties (my husband's favorite candy.) 
After such a light lunch everyone had plenty of room for birthday cake. 


Mint Chocolate Cake made by my daughter: recipe found here on Say it with Cake


Click here to learn how to make Pureed Vegetable Soup, but if you want Dorie's recipe you really need to get her book, "Around My French Table." You won't be disappointed. 


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



Click here to see how the other Dorista's did.





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43 comments:

  1. Who cares about the FFWD soups, bring on the Mint Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Patties. Oh, does that look delicious. And, Happy Birthday to your husband. Good for you for making these three soups while you were under the weather. I do agree, it was great to bounce off the soups over to the rich birthday cake. A perfect combo.The red pepper soup was delicious. Your broccoli and aspargus soups look just as tasty. Hopefully you are on the mend. If not, go to bed and "let them eat cake."

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    1. My poor husband had to leave for a business trip a few hours after he had lunch with us. Not the best birthday for him, but the cake was amazing. As always my daughter made an incredible dessert. I am finally feeling better,,, wicked cold.

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  2. Dear Diane, I am sorry that you are not feeling well. I hope that you get better real soon. The soup will certainly help. It is healthy and good. The cream is a nice idea. I never heard of that.
    The cake is the best. It looks so good!!!
    I would definitely have room for it. Feel better real soon. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Thanks so much Catherine for your sweet words. Yes, the soup helped and the cream was a really nice touch.

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  3. Hope you feel better soon! That cake looks amazing.

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    1. Thanks Ei,
      My daughter's baked goods always make me feel better.

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  4. Yum, even better when there's cake!

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    1. As Mary said, "Let them eat cake." and they did for about 2 days.

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  5. Ooh, that cake looks amazing! Now you have me craving something sweet. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I think the cake trumphed the soup? It was super moist. Check out the blogger: Say it with Cake her recipes are great.

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  6. Hope you are feeling better. Baked goods made by someone else are the best kind, right?

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    1. Always… because I don't really like to bake, other than the occasional loaf cake. I am feeling better, just tired.

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  7. You did well to make all three soups when you weren't feeling well - I hope you are on the mend. Your daughter's birthday cake sounds delicious!!

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    1. I just wanted to stand over the three boiling pots for the steam… They were easy to make. The cake was much more labor intensive.

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  8. Very ambitious making all three soups when you were not feeling well. I love the cake. York Peppermint patties you cannot get better than that.

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    1. I convinced myself that a large slice was good for my cold,,, because of all the mint vapors.

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  9. That was smart! Saving up the calories and room for that gorgeous cake. I hope the peppermint patties helped clear your sinuses. :)

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    1. It felt like it helped... I think just eating cake made me feel better anyway.

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  10. Your shortcut of spice-sprinkling actually made for a nice touch I think. More festive if you ask me. Of all the proportions I would say that the red pepper needed exactly 1/2 reduction and you got their intuitively!

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  11. We were definitely on the same page with this one. I was surprised how so little, in terms of ingredients, resulted in so much flavor. Definitely a keeper "formula". Even with the same liquid reduction, my red pepper version was still on the thin side, though not the green ones. I love how you decorated your husband's cake with peppermint patties. So cute! I hope he had a good birthday and that you're feeling better by now.

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    1. It was funny on the taste was bland to some and flavorful to others. My daughter gets all the credit for decorating and baking the cake.

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  12. Glad the timing was right for these soups...but sorry you were sick!!!! Happy birthday to your hubby :)

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    1. Thanks Liz feeling better after a weekend get away skiing.

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  13. Your photos make it look like a party! Feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks the timing was right... those are really birthday presents for my husband.

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  14. I looooooooove soup, and as long as it's veggie. - it's wonderful for me

    As for the cake - it looks FANTASTIC !!

    I hope you're feeling much better by now
    :)

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    1. Thanks Winnie,
      You can definitely substitute vegetable broth for these soups to make them 100% vegetarian. As usual my daughter did a great job baking.

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  15. Happy birthday to you hubby! I hope you are feeling much better now! I liked the soups very much and I did not use the cream...I am on a diet you see and I have to behave....oh well until next week :)

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    1. I think the soups are terrific without the cream and a great thing to eat on a diet.

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  16. Love the cake! And glad you enjoyed the soups, too. Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. Thanks feeling good now... it only took a week.

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  17. Hope you are feeling better! I thought crème fraiche would be good topping these soups also! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Creme fraiche was perfect... really great flavor in the soups and I didn't have to get another bowl dirty.

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  18. Your soups look so fun! Love the party arrangements! Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks, the timing worked out well.. with a real party for the background.

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  19. I would've liked this soup so much better if it had been followed by that cake! I don't think I've ever had mint frosting. What a great idea. I hope you're feeling better!

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    1. Mint frosting is delicious with a really bitter dark chocolate cake.. good contrast.

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  20. Good for you that you made these even when feeling under the weather. Gold stars all around :) And party soups indeed- what a nice fact that you actually celebrated with these soups. Glad they were gobbled down and also glad there was still room for that amazing looking cake. Yum.

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    1. The timing was truly amazing and I am glad to report I am over my nasty cold.

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  21. So happy that you shared your Vegetable Soups with us today. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  22. Soup really makes everything better when you're sick, doesn't it? I have a collection of chicken noodles that I made in the freezer just in case .... that being said, I love the colorfulness of your soups!! They'd brighten up a sicky day for sure!

    Thank you so much for sharing your post with us at Fresh Foods Wednesday! I hope you'll be back this week with more fresh food posts :) xo, kristy

    PS. chocolate and mint cake?!!! Save me a piece!!!

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    1. Smart keeping some chicken soup in the freezer. I got my antioxidants antioxidants from these soups.

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