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Locavore Cooking with Southern Efficiency and Northern Charm

The Simplicity of Soup: Broccoli Soup with Lemon-Chive Cream

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As much as I cook, sometimes the day-in and day-out preparation and clean-up involved seems like a chore. That’s why this post from Orangette, and the accompanying recipe for broccoli soup, spoke to me. The broth-based soup is light and sweet, from the sauteed leeks, with an umami bite from the simmering with the Parmesan rinds. Before serving, you pick the now tough chewing gum-textured rinds out (nibbling the last morsels of cheese off, if you lust for Parmesan Reggiano, as I do.) I always save those rinds with the best intentions but had never gotten around to cook with them before. What a yummy way to squeeze some flavor out before discarding. Can’t wait to try them in a Ribollita soup soon. Overall, this dish is a refreshing change from gloppy, sometimes sickeningly rich, broccoli cheese soup. The lemon cream (I made with plain yogurt and without the chives) mellows and flavors the soup.

For dessert? Simple baked apples. Satisfying, yet far less memorable than this soup.

Written by baltimoregon

March 3, 2009 at 12:23 am

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  1. Hi Laura!

    I just saw the article on Slow Food you wrote for the Oregonian, which was awesome and I thought really highlighted the transitions that the Slow Food movement is going through. I’m currently organizing an event in Corvallis called the Local Food and Farming Forum: a Festival on the Farm! It’s designed to connect people with the small farmers and local food advocacy groups in their community, and to give them an opportunity to learn about and enjoy eating local food while building relationships with the people who make it a reality. It’s going to be on May 9th and it is hosted by Cythia Kapple’s Midway Farms. More information can be found on my website, and I also have a flyer that I’d be happy to email to you :-). If this is at all interesting to you, I think it would be amazing if you would write about it on your blog, or perhaps for your next newspaper piece. Please email me at and let me know what you think! Cheers,


    March 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm

  2. Hi Laura- Like Jackie above, I also saw the great Slow Food article in the Oregonian. I’m helping out with some PR for the Portland Farmers Market. Would you like to receive our press releases? If so, please send me your email address.

    Amy Hunter (

    Amy Hunter

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 pm

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