Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Jim bunch eats again -- Saturday night this fresh pea soup was the second course


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CREAM OF FRESH PEA SOUP


½ Cup Diced onion, cut by hand

2 ½ Cups Chicken broth

4 Cups Fresh or frozen green peas

Pinch Sugar

3 Tbsps. Unsalted butter

3 Tbsps. Flour

3 Cups Whole milk

¼ tsp. Ground nutmeg

Salt and white pepper to taste

2 Tbsps. Finely minced mint

Garnish: Minced fresh mint or chives

Simmer onion in chicken broth until tender. With broth simmering, stir in peas and a pinch of sugar. Cook 3 minutes more, or until peas are tender. Take care not to overcook!! Keep the color bright green!!

Puree the mixture in a blender until quite smooth. (a Vita-Mix is ideal)

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook another minute, stirring constantly, but not allowing the mixture to brown. Whisk in milk, and cook until bubbly and thickened. Stir in the pureed pea mixture. Add nutmeg, salt and white pepper, and mint.

Serve cold, garnished according to your preference. (For future use, this soup can also be served hot.)
 
Dear Jim,
the soup sounds to be oh, so delicious and healthy.

This was just what I not should read one the first day of my strict Easy Life diet.

I MUST manage at least one week.
It's my honor and willpower at a stake.
From Felsiol
 
I didn't gain any weight, in fact I am losing some lately.
Our menu was not pound adding.

It was a nice meal, the portions were just right although a few had seconds.

Mrs. Jim is on the menu planning committee this year, forty-four subdivision couples eat three different dinners all using the same menu three times a year.
This is the second meal of the year, the planning committe of four ladies plus husbands have to 'test' and fine tune the recipes and serving sizes.

She has the recipes for each item:

GOURMET DINNER
MAY-JULY, 2008
Tapenade and Goat-Cheese Canapes

Cream of Fresh Pea Soup

Crab Cakes, Mango and Avocado Salad

Deluxe Tenderloin of Beef with Red Wine Sauce

With

Gnocchi Diamonds of Hominy Grits and Gruyere Cheese

And

Florentine Tomatoes with Pine Nut Gremolata

Danish Apple Cake


Assignments:
Hostess: Beef Tenderloin
Purchase wines
Appetizer
Person 1: Soup and Gnocchi
Person 2: Salad and Florentine Tomatoes
Person 3: Dessert

Bon Appétit,
..
 
Well, that turned out fine-looking. I'm an advocate for pea soup.
 

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