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TIP OF THE DAY: Turn Any Soup Into St. Patrick’s Day Soup

There are plenty of green soups to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. For starters, consider avocado; Caldo Verde (kale, potato, sausage); cream of asparagus, broccoli or spinach; cucumber; green pea; herb; and nettle soups.

There are also classic Irish soups like Irish Bacon & Cabbage, Potato & Leek and Irish Potato Soup.

But you can also take your family’s favorite soup and add a green topping, starting with diced avocado.

Add a sprinkle of freshly chopped green herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, parsley.

Don’t like avocado? Dice the tops of green onions, or use a chiffonade of basil. If you like, you can toss them on top of a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.

If you’d prefer a cheese garnish, hit a cheese store for Sage Derby, a Cheddar-style cheese from England; or Basiron Pesto, a Gouda turned green with added pesto.

Now, commence to the eatin’ of the green.
 
FOOD TRIVIA: WHAT ARE HERBS?

  Bean Soup Avocado Garnish
Instant St. Patrick’s Day food: soup with an avocado and herb garnish. Photo courtesy Quinciple.com.
  • Herbs refer to the leafy green parts of a plant. They can be used fresh or dried.
  • Spices are obtained from other parts of a plant: bark, berries, fruits, roots or seeds. They are usually dried.
  • The word “herb”” is pronounced with the “h” in most English-speaking countries, identical to the man’s name, Herb. In North America, the “h” is dropped, so the word sounds like “erb.”
  • There are culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. Culinary herbs are simply called “herbs,” as distinguished from “medicinal herbs.”
  • The difference between herbs and vegetables in that herbs are used in small amounts to enhance flavor (like spices), rather than used as a substantial ingredient.
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