Friday, July 29, 2011

Cucumber Soup

Let me just start things out by saying the obvious- the Chicago Cubs are terrible. Again. As I write this post for a delicious summer amuse bouche, I listen to the super station WGN-720 rattle off another loss for the boys in blue. A team with a streak of 103 years or so of not being champs. It only took 103 games for the Northsiders to win 3 in a row this season. I think they've only won a handful of series this year for f's sake. It's so bad, Pirates are currently leading the division. Yes, that AA team from Pennsylvania. Things are still the same at Clark and Addison for the boys of summer. 13 games out of the division lead with no chance at the wild card, we're doing what we do every baseball season- waiting for next year.

Summer=baseball, and now also this soup. The antithesis of a soup like this in wintertime, the fresh herb and cool flavor of the cukes are a great way to start out a meal. You should understand that this will taste better eaten out of doors.

The mint is growing wildly in the garden due to three boat loads of rain lately. I mean the most rain in a 24 yr period since 1897 type shit. I have not found great luck with growing dill (or cilantro) in containers, so that unfortunately had to be store bought. But the mint, basil, peppers, etc. have been loving the wet and the heat so far in the Midwest summer 2011.

Cucumber Soup
4 servings

2 very large or 3 medium cucumber, seeds removed, chopped
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 small shallot, diced
1 TB chopped fresh dill
1 TB chopped fresh mint
2 TB champagne vinaigrette
24 oz. plain yogurt, Greek-style (thick)
S&P to taste
mint garnish

Add all ingredients not named 'garnish' to a bowl suitable for your immersion blender, or your electric blender. Process until smooth, season to taste with S&P. Chill for at least 2 hours. Ladle into bowls, top with garnish, take yourself outdoors and enjoy. Like the Cubs, I will be looking forward to this next season as well.

Are the seedless cukes that much more spensive at your store? You can seed them easily- just chop in half, then in half again, then slide your knife along the cuke to remove the seeds.

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