Fresh Soup in 4 Easy Steps

purple yam soup by Chef Jim Copening

Purple yam soup

Here at Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery Chef Jim creates unique, healthful and wonderful soups everyday.  This week for example we served Pototo Leek with a Carnival of Cauliflower in 3 different colors, Carrot Ginger Soup, and Provencale Vegetable Soup. You can create your own healthy tasty soupy concoctions in just 4 simple steps: 1.  Saute chopped onions in canola oil until tender (we like vidalia or Spanish onions). 2.  Add any other ingredients you like, for example carrot and ginger, any vegetables you have in the fridge, or seasonal veggies you see at the market, and saute with the onions until they turn a deeper color and are softened. 3.  Add broth (we usually use chicken, but beef or vegetable broths are alternatives).  You can buy ready-made broths in the grocery store and simmer until vegetables are soft.  We prefer to use chicken broth because it's lighter in flavor to beef). 4. Add the simmered mixture to a blender and puree.  Add salt and pepper and any other spices or herbs, to taste and blend them in. Easy, right?  Soup is the perfect summer dish with a salad or sandwich.  Have fun and enjoy!!!