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Throat soothers and scrubbers

Out of the blue, I caught a summer flu. Magazines are now big on light summer soups. The pastel colored and easy to make, often pureed soups, are a great starter for dinner and perfect for lunch and use the abundance of squash and corn. cilantro, hot peppers and lime add Southern flavor. My corn soup also worked great to soothe my sore throat, hot chillies added a scrubbing and beat the flu – forget chicken soup. Another variety I tried today was a summer squash soup with several kinds of squash, zucchini and corn. See recipe

‘Grain’ of the future

The Incas named Quinoa, the ‘Mother of all grains’, for its high nutritional value; High contents of complete proteins, fiber, magnesium and iron plus a good amount of calcium. The hardy plant that is related to beets, spinach and amaranth, also contains oxalic acid in the stems and leaves. Bitter saponins in the seeds require cooking before consumption.
2013 has been declared International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations. Enough reason to give a closer look to this ‘superfood’. How about Sweet potato and Quinoa patties with hot sauce? See recipe

French Country Style

What shall we do with all the pesto?  Besides serving with Ravioli or other pastas, or spread on bread with tomatoes, I found this french twist… The french ‘Soupe au Pistou’ uses the pesto (Pistou) to flavor soups, here a mixed country style vegetable soup with pasta. A very convincing mix with early Spring vegetables and lots-a garlic. See recipe