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February 24, 2005

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Joe C

Same question as usual. Where's mine?

Joe C

Pictures looking better and better.

Julie

Bro, bro...as a constant recipient of my culinary largesse, you can't really fault me for giving some away to others, now and again. I'll make another batch soon -- I bet E would like this too. As for the pics, well...I really need that digital camera...

rowena

Ahhhh...Soupe Au Pistou! I made such a fuss about hopping over to France to BUY a french cookbook with the recipe for soupe au pistou! Of course my husband has no problem with that as he knows it'll be something on the menu one day...

Just wanted to pop over and tell you, no PRAISE you for that Potted Chicken (and Meatballs) recipe! I made it last night as it required ingredients that should be in my pantry all of the time. The smell was heavenly, and my husband actually said..."Buonissima!"

Thanks again Julie, for writing, for sharing, and for loving food just as much as I do!

Ernie

It's true you feel that you've accomplished something after making a big pot of soup. I've recently made my yearly split pea soup with the ham bone left over from our New Years dinner. Every year we have "the" ham(Julie you know what I mean), and my father and good friend always await their soup!

Julie

Rowena, I'm so glad that the chicken worked out for you -- I worry a little since as I said, I don't use measurements for the food that I learned at my mother's knee. Did you make the meatballs as well?

Which soupe au pistou recipe do you use? Which cookbook did you hop over to France for? Dying to know. How lovely to live in Europe and be able to country-hop occasionally -- not like here, where we're stuck in the vast stretches of our own immense wasteland.

Ernie, I'm sure that split pea soup was amazing -- considering the quality of the ham as well as the quality of the cook! Ummm...uhhh...when do you go to Lancaster again? ;D

ejm

You found fresh cranberry beans at this time of year, Julie? Wow! I've never tried Soupe Au Pistou, but I do love soup made with pulses. The recipe sounds fantastic. Thanks for pointing to the Wells recipe. (I wondered what "pistou" was!)

We recently had puy lentils and sausage for dinner and there was enough left over for one person to have them for dinner the next night OR with the addition of a little chicken stock to turn it into puy lentil soup. Oh my my my!! It was phenomenal. We garnished it with a little Balkan style yoghurt....

-Elizabeth

Ernie

Julie,

Not to worry, I'll let you know when I make my ham journey.

Julie

Maybe we should call it your ham pilgrimage...

Ernie

Some people bring back souvenirs, I bring pork products.
Remind me to get you some bacon as well, it's amazing.

Julie

You bring back pork products, and are greatly loved for it!

Julie

Elizabeth, that sounds like a wonderful lenti soup (a soup I also love, in infinite variations). The cranberry beans were at my treasured store Fairway (see the "going shopping" category), and were absolutely delicious -- big and fresh with a creamy taste.

ejm

We just recently discovered cranberry beans and they are pretty wonderful, aren't they. I've only seen them fresh in the autumn though. The great thing about them is that dried cranberry beans are almost (if not the same) as good as fresh. I read about them in SAVEUR magazine (May2004) and we've made a great pasta sauce based on a recipe in that issue.

They invariably work their way into our chili con carne as well. I knew someone who loved eating who professed not to like beans and will always regret not being able to convince her that she neeeeeeded to change her mind.

-Elizabeth

rowena

Julie, yes I made the meatballs too....and not to worry, because I don't like to use measurements either...which is why it's always difficult for me to post a recipe of my own doing...I mean how much is a handful? Or just enough for two? I think maybe I should just post photos of the estimated amount.

As for the soupe au pistou, it was just one of those little paperback books that you find at the tourist shops. Just the very vague amounts called for made me buy it, along with the very simple photo. Nothing fancy, but oh so good!

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