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Archive for July 18, 2017

TIP OF THE DAY: Beyond Gazpacho Light Summer Soups

Chilled Strawberry Coconut Soup
[1] Chilled strawberry coconut soup from Carlsbad Cravings.

Chilled Carrot Soup

[2] Spicy chilled carrot soup with ginger and turmeric from Gourmande In The Kitchen.


Cool off with chilled soup versions of a few classics, like borscht, cold cucumber soup (with yogurt and dill) and gazpacho are the classic soups of summer, and we love them all.

We have lots of recipes for these soups, so we decided to look at other options, and found more recipes than we could use in 10 summers.

You can make a chilled soup from any vegetables or fruits; corn and zucchini are excellent summer soups. The classic French potato soup, vichyssoise, is a chilled soup.

Any chilled vegetable soup can be served warm, but not vice versa. Some soups with animal fats don’t work, because the fat globules aren’t melted into the soup.

Here are summer soups for your consideration with a note: fruit soups can be served as a soup course or for dessert, the latter with a tuille or other cookie.


  • Beet Gazpacho With Cucumber & Avocado
  • Chilled Cream Of Basil Soup
  • Cold Avocado Soup
  • Creamy Zucchini & Coconut Milk Soup
  • Cucumber, Pineapple & Jalapeño Soup (sweet and spicy)
  • Green Tomato Gazpacho
  • Lobster Fennel Soup
  • Pea & Mint Soup
  • Spicy Chilled Carrot Soup (photo #2)
  • Sweet Corn Gazpacho
  • Sweet Pea & Avocado Soup
    BONUS TIP: Next time you’re putting shrimp or other seafood on the barbie, grill some extra for the next chilled soup garnish. It not only tastes great, it looks great.

  • Chilled Cantaloupe-Basil Soup
  • Chilled Mango-Raspberry Soup
  • Chilled Melon & Lavender Soup
  • Five Minute Strawberry Coconut Soup, photo #1, a blender soup
  • Swedish Blueberry Soup
  • Watermelon Gazpacho
    Check out the history of soup and the different types of soup in our Soup Glossary.


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    FOOD FUN: Shark Cocktails For Shark Week

    Discovery Channel’s Shark Week begins this Sunday, July 23rd, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and concludes on the 30th.

    And what a week it will be:

    In addition to a daily schedule of shark-related films, the week kicks off with the most spectacular sports event since 2012, when daredevil Felix Baumgartner free-fell from the edge of space.

    Anyone who has paid attention to the media for the past month knows that mega-medalist* Michael Phelps will race against a Great White shark off Cape Town, South Africa.

    “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” begins at 8 p.m. on the 23rd—followed by “Shark-Croc Showdown” (no Phelps) at 9 p.m.

    The eight-day schedule of events has numerous other shark-filled specials. Phelps will also appear inon the last night; not a rematch with the shark but in an educational special, “Shark School with Michael Phelps.”



    We published the recipe for photo #1 last year.

    Substitute blue gummy sharks for the red Swedish fish in the photo. Or, for a touch of the macabre, keep a Swedish fish or two among the frenzy of sharks. Why a frenzy? See below.

    As with the second recipe, it can be made as a cocktail or mocktail.

    Lemonade and blue curacao turn this drink green in this recipe from Sparkling Ice.

    For a blue drink, substitute a clear carbonated drink (club soda, Sprite, 7Up, etc.)

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1.5 ounce vodka
  • .5 ounce blue curaçao
  • Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade or other lemonade
  • Garnish: blue shark gummies

    1. COMBINE the vodka and curaçao in a shaker; add the ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

    2. TOP with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and garnish with some blue shark gummies.


    Fish Bowl Punch
    [1] Shark tank punch from Cocktails Details. Here’s the recipe.

    Gummy Sharks
    [2] Substitute the Swedish fish for blue gummy sharks (photo courtesy Candy Crate).

    Shark Cocktail

    [3] Create a shark lagoon in a cocktail glass (photo courtesy Sparkling Ice).

    A gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, a pod of whales†: What is a group of sharks called?

    According to, a group of sharks is called a frenzy, gam‡, herd, school or shiver (pronounced shivver, an earlier spelling of the word).

    Frenzy and shiver sound right to us!


    *Phelps has 39 world records and 23 Olympic gold medals.

    †“Nouns of multitude,” in this case, collective nouns for animals, were first developed in the Middle Ages (when people had nothing else to do after dark, we guess). The first documentation that survives, the Egerton Manuscript, dates from circa 1450.

    These “books of courtesy,” as they were called, encompass animals, people and professions: a misbelief of painters, a stalk of foresters, a tabernacle of bakers, et al. Here’s a list of collective nouns for animals, and a discussion of how some nouns were derived (a murder of crows, a sentence of judges, etc.).
    ‡In terms of “gam,” the only definitions we could find are the slang referring to a leg, and a mid 19th century English dialect, perhaps from “game,” or shortened from “gammon,” early 18th-century slang for nonsense or rubbish.


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