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Chilled Avocado Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Avocados are relatively inexpensive at this point in the season here in Florida and as such we try to make use of this delicious fruit in as many ways as possible. Given the very warm weather and a propensity toward chilled dishes during the summer, as […]

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Gazpacho with Avocado and Lime Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chilled soups are a favorite around our home during the summer months. Fresh garden vegetables are in abundance and making gazpacho is easy, holds well in the refrigerator for several days and makes a terrific presentation with the addition of the avocados and lime yogurt. Whereas […]

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LENTIL, KAMUT AND MUSHROOM SOUP


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A very hearty and nutritious soup that freezes well.  Freeze some in one ladle containers for quick lunches. Add a salad and some dark crusty bread for a great dinner.

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Corn, Quinoa, and Roasted Rainbow of Chile Peppers Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We cooked a large mother batch of corn, beets, tomatoes, and peppers on the smoker/grill the other night which we found on sale at our local organic grocer. As it was going to be a rather blustery and cooler evening we decide soup and salad might […]

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Savory Smoked Turkey Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A couple of posts ago I presented a recipe for slow smoked whole turkey. Considering the size of the bird and that only two of us would be partaking for the initial meal a good deal of turkey would be left for future consumption. A really […]

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Sweet Potato and Apple Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Not only are sweet potatoes loaded with nutritious elements they are inexpensive, store well, and when cooked may be stored frozen or under refrigeration until future use. I found sweet potatoes at 39 cents a pound at one of my produce haunts and to get a […]

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Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomato, Chipotle Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I usually have on hand in the pantry dried chiles, roasted peppers and sundried tomato paste among other storable goodies. I like to have ingredients stored that I can throw together quickly for lunch or a quick appetizer round for friends and family that drop in […]

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Gumbo


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There are many versions of gumbo, most combining shrimp, sausage, and vegetables with rice. This is a little different spin, using seasonal vegetables without rice, substituting mushrooms instead to enhance the richness of this brown sauce gumbo. Throw in a tasty salad a glass of wine […]

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Rustic Chicken Stew and Biscuits


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A couple of recipes ago I roasted a whole chicken on the grill stuffed with celery, sage and rosemary. That roasting and the subsequent saving of the breasts, the stuffing and the pan drippings form the basis and are essential for the deep savory flavor of […]

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ItalianTomato and Fresh Basil Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There is lots of basil available in the yard this time of year in containers and random plants throughout the yard from seeds that have blown around. You can never have too much basil and a quick lunch that is really tasty and easy to make […]

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A Mother Batch of Low Country Boil

Leftovers?


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor. Having leftovers from a meal is a good thing especially if you’ve planned for the leftovers to become some quick and easy sides, or meals for future breakfast, lunch, or dinners. Over the weekend we did a low country boil and as luck would have it […]

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Southwestern Roasted Chilies and Roasted Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a variation of a previous green chile and corn chowder published, with the difference being the addition of tomatoes, removal of the potatoes, heavy cream and milk, and substituting rice cream as the thickening agent. This version adds nutrition and reduces fat and calories […]

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Vegetable Soup Another Mother Batch


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a perfect vehicle for a mother batch that may, once initially cooked, be stored in sealed containers, frozen and then reheated for service. What is really great about a basic vegetable soup is that first you can use whatever veggies you like and when […]

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Coconut-Curry Sweet Potato Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following soup is my take off of an Indian style squash soup, substituting sweet potatoes for the squash, as sweet potatoes are plentiful in our area during the summer and winter and they add a decidedly flavorful dimension that squash lack. In the picture of […]

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Hearty Chicken Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a relatively easy and quick recipe for a large batch of chicken soup that can be stored in smaller quantities, frozen and heated up later. One of my favorite reheats is to add whole wheat pasta, noodles or elbows to the soup when reheating […]

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Two Soup Appetizer – Roasted Corn and Green Chile Chowder and Roasted Tomato Gazpacho


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We recently hosted a dinner party themed around Mexican and Southwestern fare. The second course of the four course meal was a duo of soups referred to as “Fire and Ice”, because one was a spicy hot soup, roasted corn and green chile chowder, and the […]

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Shrimp Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I have several “go to” soups and chowders. The following shrimp chowder is one that is easy and relatively quick to prepare. The recipe was prepared for a dinner party that started with a duo presentation of the shrimp chowder and red pepper hummus soup. Equipment/ […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a really interesting soup both for texture and flavor. It combines products from three “mother batches” that we typically keep in the refrigerator most of the time, roasted red pepper hummus, roasted beets, and poached garlic cloves. It is a quick “go to” soup […]

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Spicy Black Bean Soup


Recipe Courtesy of Courtney Ankrum Thompson – Contributing Culinary Author Equipment Needed:  Large stock pot with lid, chef knife, cutting board, prep bowls, covered bowl for soaking beans. Ingredients: 1 lb dry black beans 6 cups unsalted vegetable stock (approximate) 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped

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Chicken, Green Chiles, and Garden Vegetables Stew


Original recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum  – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Stock pot, chef’s knife, cutting board Ingredients: 4 Skin on chicken thighs 1 qt. vegetable stock 2 cups chicken stock

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Great Northern Beans and Beer


Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, large sealed refrigerator container, large sauce pan. Ingredients: 2 cup dried white beans (Great Northern, Cannolini, etc) 1 pint homemade vegetable stock, no salt

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Red Bean and Rice Soup (Puree)


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following recipe contains “Rice Cream” and can contain Romesco Sauce, both of which I was introduced to by Chef Wong of the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone while my wife and I were attending a workshop during the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference in Napa […]

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Green Chilies and Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, mixing bowl, large sauce pot. Ingredients: 4 oz. corn cut fresh or from roasted ears. Approx. 3 ears of corn 4 oz. green chiles. Roasted, peeled and chopped to medium

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