Monday, July 26, 2010

Tasty Tuesday!

I have a trio of fun giveaways going on right now:

Family calendar giveaway from BusyBodyBook right here.

JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness game for the Wii right here.

Spinbrush MyWay! (for girls) battery operated toothbrush right here.


We are officially into the "yuck" part of summer that involves constant heat and humidity puntuated by rain that serves not to cool us off but instead to increase the humidity further.

I don't tend to eat very many heavy meals this time of year. In fact, the thought of eating a steak or some pasta or a creamy soup almost makes my stomach turn. I'd much rather have something light and cool that will refresh me while I'm being braised in the Chicago summer.

I made this soup this week after not having made it in years. I had somehow forgotten about it, but I won't be forgetting it anytime soon. So yummy and so easy - and better yet, no heat!

Chilled Cucumber Soup

5 cucumbers
1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
6 scallions, chopped
2 T fresh dill, chopped
1/4 c lemon juice
1 quart buttermilk
1 pint plain yogurt
Salt and pepper, to taste

Peel the cucumbers and cut them in half, scraping out the seeds. Sprink the cucumbers with salt and let them stand 30 minutes. Drain the excess water. If you are using English cucumbers, skip this step.

While the cucumbers are drying out a bit, chop the parsley, scallions, and dill. Once drained, chop the cucumbers coarsely. Put the cucumbers, lemon juice, buttermilk, and yogurt in the blender, and blend at high speed.

Add the scallions and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper (use a little less salt than you think you want - it will get stronger as it chills).

Chill well before serving. YUM!

And I know I know... pictures. Sorry, it disappeared too quickly. I can show you an empty bowl if you like!

Enjoy this and more with Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Blessed With Grace!


Colette S July 27, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

It was that good huh. :) You'll have to make it again with the camera on the counter :)

It sounds yum!

Brenda July 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

It sounds really interesting. I've never really made a cold soup, but it does sound good for summer.

septembermom July 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

I want to try this for the next time I have company. Sounds so refreshing. Thanks Michelle.

Michelle August 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

JamericanSpice - Ohhh yeah, it was that good :) I know I need to be better about taking pictures sometimes. When everything is going on at once though!...

Brenda - Oooo I love cold soups - gazpacho, vichysoisse, etc. Oooo now I have a taste for vichysoisse. hmmm.

Kelly - It is. It's great for company - super easy, but pretty elegant, too!

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