Friday, April 22, 2011

In The Kitchen: Lemony Zucchini Soup with Crispy Shallots

Yes, yet another soup post...after this I promise this blog will be soup free, for a few weeks at least.

Soup is my ultimate lazy meal. When it's rainy and I don't feel like walking through the flooded Charleston streets to the market, I dig around in my fridge and see what I can add to the stock that is always crowding my freezer. In this case just a few veggies, herbs and some wine made a delicious meal on a cold, rainy day.

Lemony Zucchini Soup with Crispy Shallots

  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 whole Sweet Onion, Diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 whole Zucchini, Peeled And Diced
  • ½ cups White Wine
  • 4 cups Chicken Or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 whole Lemon Zested
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Dill
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 whole Large Shallots, Sliced Thin
Melt the butter in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened but not browned, 8–10 minutes. Add zucchini and cover the pot. Cook until soft, another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once the zucchini is soft, stir in the wine, stock, lemon zest and dill. Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until all the vegetables are very, very soft and the soup is fragrant and lemony.

While the soup is simmering, heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and cook until browned (but not dark brown, as they will become bitter). Remove shallots from the pan and place on a paper towel to cool. They will crisp as they cool.

When the soup has finished simmering, take the pot off the heat and allow it to cool slightly. With an immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor or blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the soup into bowls and top each serving with a tablespoon of the crispy shallots, and some lemon zest if desired.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Antiquing (and a Shop Preview too!)

Suitcases stuffed with small vintage goodies, a doctor's bag, an old time card holder, vintage silver serving pieces and a 3 tier pie crust table, 
all fresh from a Virginia barn sale!

I am off on an antiquing trip, stocking up on tons of new items for the etsy shop and my new shop on Queen St. opening this summer (hooray!). I'll be out of town until the 29th, or until our cars are full, visiting tons of antiques sales, flea markets, barn sales and auctions. All orders placed in our etsy shop during this time will ship the Monday or Tuesday after I return, and everyone who patiently waits for an item during this time is getting a coupon to use with their next order as a thank you!

I'll be posting photos of finds here on the blog throughout the trip, meanwhile I'll leave you with a preview of our shop space in Charleston (none of the badly needed gardening had been done along the path at this point...think of this as a "before" shot)!