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Summer Corn Soup Dairy Free Gluten Free

Summer is finally here and while some of the produce has been less than desirable this season…seriously WHAT IS GOING ON!?!?! The corn has been ON POINT. I love nothing more than a cold corn soup on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is packed with corn flavor due to a great corn stock that could not be easier to make. It’s my little secret and I am sharing it with y’all because I love you.

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This recipe is great because not only is it delicious it is also dairy free, gluten free, vegan (sans shrimp) and made from angel’s wings, SOOOO you KNOW it’s good. It basically makes everyone happy…

Chilled Summer Corn Soup

(serves 4)
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large ears of corn, shucked and cobs reserved
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes a side on high heat and set aside for service)
  • 1 english cucumber, diced very small
  • 1 avocado, diced small
  • finishing salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • herbs and microgreens
  1. In a saucepan heat olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onion of salt  with a pinch  for 10 minutes, until it’s nice and gold and brown. Deglaze the pan with water and add corn cobs in. Simmer for 30 minutes. Discard the cobs and add in the kernels. Add salt.
  2. Cook for 4-5 minutes max.
  3. Blend in a high power blender for a minute or until the soup is silky and smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours. To garnish: line the outer rim of soup with diced cucumber, avocado, sea salt, a light dust of cayenne and herbs. Finish by carefully placing 3 seared shrimp on top of the soup.

Creamy Gazpacho (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

SWEET LORD IT’S HOT! Now, I would be lying if I said there is nothing I enjoy more than the joyous sensation of my sweaty thighs rubbing together as I walk down the street, but I, like Shakira, have hips that do NOT lie. My hips are upset. I am sticky…all the time…it’s not cute. When will this heat stop!?!?! I hope tomorrow, if not tomorrow maybe the next day? God? Do you hear me? My thighs are praying right now, please bring some relief! In the meantime I have a beautiful and delicious treat to cool you down. Gazpacho! Now, this ain’t yo typical gazapcho recipe. It has a few of the classic ingredients but with a few twists that will pleasantly tittle your taste buds. (oo it’s getting nasty up in herrr) If you can get your hands on perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes to make this recipe, DO IT! If you can’t, you can substitute roma tomatoes or anything else that has a good balance of acidity and sweetness. I blend all my ingredients in a blender and finish it with some avocado and fresh lemon juice. The avocado gives this soup some serious body, without making it too heavy, the lemon juice brings a refreshing balance to the dish. Best part? There are no garlic or onions in here so feel free to eat this soup with a lover, or a stranger you plan on making out with later. Cool down, make out, pig out and enjoy this fabulous summertime treat!!!

Kitchen Aid and Cook for the Cure

I am SO honored that KitchenAid asked me to do a blog posting about Mother’s day in hopes to raise awareness about their Cook for the Cure program. This cause has touched my heart in a way that I couldn’t possibly not be a part of it. By purchasing Cook for the Cure products it allows people like us in the food community to help make a difference in the advancement of finding a cure for breast cancer. To get a full list of KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure products, click here. These products are a perfect gift for mother’s day, not only do they look FABULOUS but they are a reminder of all the positive advancements we are making in order to finally find a cure for breast cancer.

I wrote a blog below about my mother and what my sister and I will be making for her and our grandmother Nona on Mother’s day this year. In each recipe my sister and I used at least one of the KitchenAid products featured below and trust me they made all the difference. I am so excited I get to give away 3 pieces from the KitchenAid Cook for the Cure line on my blog this week! Details on how to enter are below this blog! (yes, that means you have to read it) Here is what YOU could win! (cue the cheesy game show music…daaahhh dummmmdeeee dummm)

Creamy Asparagus Lemon Soup (Vegan)

Living in Southern California I am so lucky to have access to fresh organic produce. I love creating dishes from the bounty of findings at the farmers market. This years weather has been exceptionally warm, and vegetables we don’t normally see until spring are popping up early this year. Example: Asparagus. Starting in early February my local markets had massive piles of these little green guys on sale. My favorite thing to do with an influx of veggies is make pureed soups. It’s a healthy, and delicious way to get your veggie fix and it’s so addicting it’s ridiculous. Blending this soup long enough will yield a creamy and velvety consistency, without adding any butter or cream.