Hot Weather, Cold Soups

Right about now, the people who moaned about our chilly spring are moaning about our mid-June heatwave. The first is a memory, and the second will eventually move off to the east. Until then, think soup, not the hot steamy soups of winter, but the chilly soups of summer. The following are two of my favorites.

Cold Zucchini Soup
1 medium-sized onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
6 medium-sized zucchini, chopped (2 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon flour
3 13 3/4 –ounce cans chicken broth
Garnish with sour cream and chives/ scallions

1.Saute onions and garlic in butter and oil until tender, but not brown.
2.Add zucchini, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat until the zucchini is very tender, about 10 minutes.
3.Stir the flour into a small amount of broth before adding it to the soup.
4.Add the broth, stirring to combine the ingredients. Bring to a boil . Cook 5 minutes.
5.Allow the soup to cool before pureeing it until smooth.
6.Chill soup in the refrigerator. Garnish to serve.

Note: Can sizes have changed. I use Swanson’s lower sodium chicken broth. The cans are 14.5-ounces. While the larger can size shouldn’t make a difference, you can always make adjustments.

Curried Tomato Soup
1 cup plain yogurt (don’t use Greek yogurt)
3 cups tomato juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 drops Tabasco sauce (or to taste)
1 ½ teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)
¼ small onion, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

1.Stir the yogurt with a wire whisk until smooth, then mix in the remaining ingredients (except for the parsley).
2.Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, about 4 hours.
3.Garnish when served.

Note: The second recipe is from the July/August 1985 issue of “The Pleasures of Cooking,” a short lived publication by the Cuisinart Cooking Club, Inc. The first is from an index card that’s been in my recipe box longer than I care to remember. I didn’t jot down the source.

Second Note: I've been dealing with computer and cell phone issues in between house guests and happy family events. Some are solved, allowing me to post blogs. Others continue to plague me, making it hard to post pictures.

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