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For those of us who love soup the song of the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll says it all:

Beautiful Soup

BEAUTIFUL Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo–oop of the e–e–evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau–ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo–oop of the e–e–evening,
Beautiful, beauti–FUL SOUP! 

Whether hot or cold, summer or winter, soup provides us with a feeling of being nurtured. Soup does not have to be complicated, or take a long time to produce! Enjoy!

Gazpacho Soup

A bowl of gazpacho is as cooling as can be on a hot summer’s day. And it is as easy and quick as well!

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Gazpacho Soup

A bowl of gazpacho is as cooling as can be on a hot summer’s day. And it is as easy and quick as well!

We don’t get much really hot and humid weather here in Maine. But, in August, when the Bermuda highs head up the eastern seaboard of the U.S., it gets down right unpleasant! As most of us don’t have air conditioning, ways to keep cool are at a premium. One of the coolest meals for this time of year is gazpacho- make it in the cool early morning, and finish it in the afternoon.

Originating in Spain, there are many variations on what is essentially chopped up salad. And like clam chowder there are red and white versions! The red is based on tomatoes, the white almonds. How one prepares this soup depends strictly on one’s individual likes- finely chopped or chunky? With bread as a base, or not? Olive oil or not? Onion or chives? And of course the balance of tomato to other items all make this a work in progress.

Below is how we make ours. It is just a jumping off point for people to experiment with. I like it rather chunky, my husband likes his very finely chopped. We have reached a compromise!

Gazpacho Soup

2 ripe tomatoes
1/3 red pepper
1/3 green pepper
1 large cucumber
1 garlic clove
Stock, tomato juice, or water
Salt/pepper/paprika or Aleppo pepper
A Lime

Peel and seed the cucumber if the seeds are large. Chop it into chunks and pulse in a food processor until finely smashed up; or chop finely. Put the cucumber in a large bowl. Do the same with the green pepper, and add it to the bowl. Add salt. Hand chop the tomatoes until very finely chopped. One is supposed to seed them, but we never do. Add them to the bowl, and hand chop the red pepper until very fine as well. Chopping by hand prevents a froth from forming. Slit the garlic, and add to the mixture with lots of freshly ground pepper, and some paprika if desired. Cover it, and chill it.


Later on thin it with stock, tomato juice, or water. Just before eating add a squeeze of lime to each bowl, ladle the soup into the bowls, and garnish with chives.
For experimenting:

try adding some olive oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs.

Serve with crusty bread.

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Candied Cranberries

Maine is famous for its blueberries. And the first cousin to them is the cranberry, like a ruby is to a sapphire! They are both members of the Vaccinium family of plants. While most people think of the cranberry as coming from Cape Cod, Maine also grows them. In fact, five islands off of Mount Desert Island, Maine are called the Cranberry Isles. There is Grand Cranberry Island and Little Cranberry Island.

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Candied Ginger Tea

As fall comes to Maine the wind has been howling! The leaves from the ashes, the tallest of our trees, have dropped. They leaf out the latest of all of our trees- around June 22, and are gone as soon as cold creeps in!
When it gets cold I love to have ginger tea to drink. The recipe is simple! Two slices of candied ginger root, add hot water, steep, and enjoy! When your cup is empty, add more water. If the ginger root is strong it will last all day!

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