🫐 Spiced Chilled Blueberry Soup 🫐
Fresh Blueberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, Kefir, Sour Cream
Sure, we could serve this delightful Spiced Chilled Blueberry Soup without the garnishes but what fun would that be?
While cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla take a simple fruit soup to another level, the garnish gives it the wow-factor. Plump juicy blueberries and chopped toasted hazelnuts are mounded in the center. It turns out that blueberries and hazelnuts have an affinity for one another. And if a few edible flowers and fresh mint are available, why not add those too? Now the soup is ready to serve for a colorful summer luncheon. Bon appétit! 🌷
Spiced Chilled Blueberry Soup Recipe
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Panko-Crusted, Two Ways
Goat Cheese and Chicken
Time to get crusty! Developed in Japan during World War II, the dough for panko is baked by electrical current, heated rapidly and uniformly, quickly producing a light, yeasty, crust-free bread. The bread is then ground to create fine slivers of airy, crispy crumb. Then the crumbs are toasted to a delicate crunch which results in breadcrumbs that absorb less oil and add more volume than the traditional type.
Both goat cheese and chicken cutlets are very satisfying with wide international appeal when cooked with a panko crust. They are often served with a fresh green salad to balance the crispy-fried technique.
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A Sweet, Savory, Spicy Smoothie
My friends at Lifeway wrote, “Since we love your recipe creations, we want to reach out to see if you would like to be a part of our Summer Smoothie Project! We will be posting a Summer Harvest Smoothie onto our feed and would like to create a “viral” feel by having our beloved influencer community create a replica of the recipe or their own version (blending in your favorite summer fruits and kefir flavor).
I created A Sweet, Savory, Spicy Smoothie for this project. Lifeway’s delicious original Summer Harvest Smoothie recipe with blueberries can be found here.
Sweetness comes from kiwi, lemon kefir, cucumber and agave syrup. Savory notes are from spinach, avocado, and cilantro. Saltiness and Spiciness come from the addition of kosher salt and from the chile-lime-sea salt seasoning on the rim of the coupe glasses.
The result is a healthy flavor explosion hitting all the tastebuds!
A Sweet, Savory, Spicy Smoothie Recipe
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Oatmeal Date Walnut Cookies for the Holidays
They’re really terrific all year round, but just a little dusting of powdered sugar can make this hearty-crispy-chewy oatmeal cookie perfect for the holidays as well.
Oatmeal Date Walnut Cookie Recipe
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Chilled Soup Bliss
Beet, Fennel, Kefir, Sour Cream
Horseradish, Lemon, Garlic, Dijon Mustard
You can chug this chilled soup from a tumbler and be in heaven, but ladle it into cold shallow bowls and garnish with some fantastic accompaniments, and it will be one of the most extraordinary hot weather soups you’ll serve this summer.
It is garnished with a dizzying array of chopped hard boiled egg, a kefir drizzle, radish, sliced pickles, lemon, chives, and fennel fronds.
The best part is the mind-blowing complex flavors with tangy notes from the kefir, earthiness from beets, hints of anise from fennel, a pungent kick from the Dijon mustard and a peppery kick from the horseradish.
The second best part is how easy it is to make. Combine the soup ingredients in a blender until smooth, chill until nice and cold – and there you have a perfect summer soup… simple and easy enough to enjoy for lunch today or with jazzy garnishes that make it elegant enough to serve at your next al fresco dinner party.
This recipe was inspired by the famous Eastern European Cold Beet Soup called Holodnik. I add fennel, Dijon mustard, garlic, and prepared horseradish to the traditional ingredients for a more spicy and complex flavor profile. Chopped bread & butter pickles replace the usual cucumber to add sweet and sour elements.
Chilled Beet, Fennel, Kefir Soup Recipe
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