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Cold Cucumber Cream with Tomato Salsa from Michele Scicolone’s Italian Vegetable Cookbook

  Recently I posted a very positive review for Michele Scicolone’s The Italian Vegetable Cookbook. And I’m on a tear for making agua frescas. Here a unique “blend” thanks to Michele. It’s a soup but it’s almost an agua fresca. Leave out the vinegar [and maybe salt and pepper] and you could happily drink away…

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Brown Sugar-Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons from Serious Eats

I am, in my soul, a gazpacho addict. I love the concept and all the flavors that gazpacho, made with fresh ingredients, can deliver to my table. Funny thing, after thinking conventional tomato soup was ghastly, any tomato soup on a menu now captures my attention. Even roasted tomato soup. From canned tomatoes.  I must…

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Vitamix Holiday Squash Soup

We are fortunate at Cooking by the Book to have the blenders supplied by Vitamix. We actually do not call them blenders. To everyone, staff and guests, they are simply the Vitamixes. We use them, but privately many of us worship them. These are amazing machines whose power and versatility outdo anything else you might…

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Mexican Meatball and Pasta Soup

I, uh, wanted something unhealthy for dinner. Not really terribly unhealthy. Just a lot of cheese and some meat and … “No.” Suzen said. She took the magazine from me, sat, turned pages, stood up and showed me a picture. “You’ll like this. I’m making it.” Now, at that point I had choice of actions,…

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