Summer Solstice Soup: Chilled Spring Allium Soup with Asparagus & Fennel

PHEW!  Talk about a crazy-busy, non-profit event filled, make me super-behind on my blog summer!  Now that it’s fall, I’m going to try to do some catch-up.  Therefore, here’s the continuation of the series of dishes from our annual summer solstice wine pairing dinner.  So sorry about the obviously non-seasonal nature of this soup recipe coming out in the fall… but I want to get it done and will completely forget by next spring (and will be on to the next great dish, anyway…).  Might I recommend you post it to Pinterest on your “To Try” board and refer back when the asparagus and garlic scapes are fresh from your local farmer’s market?  Anyhoo, here you go… enjoy!

Chilled Spring Allium Soup with Asparagus & Fennel

1 bunch asparagus
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch garlic scapes
2 bulbs fennel
2 leeks
4 tablespoons butter
6+ cups broth

2 cups plain yogurt
juice of 2 lemons
salt & pepper to taste

Chop all the veggies coarsely.  Melt butter in large soup pot and sauté leeks for a few minutes, then add the fennel and continue cooking until almost tender.  Add the broth and bring to a boil.  Add the asparagus, green onions, garlic scapes, and cook 3-4 minutes until asparagus is just tender, but still bright green.  Transfer in batches to a blender (or better yet, a Vitamix) and blend until smooth (being very careful not to burn yourself).

Put blended soup back in the pot and chill.  When ready to serve, add the yogurt, lemon juice, salt & pepper and mix well.  Adjust flavors to your liking and serve!  It’s pretty with a little chive flower on top, or the feathery greens from the fennel bulbs, plus a drizzle of olive oil and a little lemon zest.


Hubbard Squash Soup

This deep into winter, we’re starting to run out of the standard (in our house) local butternut squashes so have started braving some of the more exotic and storage-proof varieties. We got a hilarious 12 pound hubbard squash from our local food co-op (Idaho’s Bounty) a few weeks ago. That baby wasn’t gonna win any beauty contests (and I’m so sorry I forgot to take a picture of it so you could share in the giggles), but it turned out to be a tasty bugger! After a slightly ridiculous wrestling match with it and the butcher knife (again, wish there was a video for you), I got it in half and into the oven. I don’t have any hints for you on an easy way into these guys, but just consider it an efficient use of time–entertainment and exercise for the day while prepping dinner.

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