Showing posts with label bisque. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bisque. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year to all!

Happy new year!!!

From Daryl aka Avery:

I hope this finds you happy, alert, and raring to go to tackle a new year. What makes this year different than any other? You, your attitude, your enthusiasm. Okay, I guess that pretty much is how we should look at every day, right? I try. Believe me, I try. :)

Fun days ahead with all the football games. Yesterday, Stanford (my alma mater) won!  Go Cardinal.  (A color, not the bird - silly, yes, but what can you do? Choosing a color and a dopey tree for a mascot was the student body's way of protesting having their longtime mascot, a regal Indian, 86'd, thanks to a petition. Ergo, petitions work.)

Anyway, for the end of college football season and looking forward to the professional season windup, I decided to make some lobster bisque. I was inspired by my stepdaughter's beautiful son, Eliijah. He is just starting to learn to cook and has great enthusiasm. He is picky about food, but when he likes something, he really likes it and wants to learn to cook it. He had lobster bisque at Red Lobster. I looked up the recipe and it didn't look quite right. I think restaurants are sneaky and sometimes post things that are close but not the real thing. So, Eliijah and I tweaked it.

This is Eliijah learning that a piece of bread between your teeth while chopping onions keeps the fumes from getting into your eyes.

This soup took a few steps, but it was well worth it. Delicious. We served it with a green salad and breadsticks (gluten-free for me). What a fun night.




2 Lobster tails
4 cups water
2 cups dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth (gluten-free)
½ cup butter
1 cup onions, finely diced
½ cup carrots, finely diced
½ cup celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
½ cup tapioca starch or sweet rice flour
¼ cup brandy
1 ½ cups tomatoes, (diced) (I used canned, liquid strained)
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups heavy cream


Chop the vegetables and set aside.

Put water, wine, and chicken stock in deep pot and bring to boil. Place lobster tails in the broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 6 minutes. Remove lobster from broth and set to the side. When cool, remove the back shell and dice the lobster meet into tiny cubes.

Meanwhile, strain broth through a sieve into a bowl and set aside.

Return pot to the stove and add the butter. Melt. Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Heat for 3 minutes on medium. Stir. Add the brandy. Stir. Add the gluten-free flour. Stir until all flour incorporated.

Add the tomatoes, paprika, thyme and salt. Stir well. Add the reserved broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Cook for 25-30 minutes on medium low heat.

Remove from the heat and puree the mixture in small batches. Return to the pot. Add the lobster and cream.  Heat about 3-5 minutes and serve. 

Note: I got lobster tails at the grocer. 2 did the trick. They were frozen and not too expensive.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HUSBAND vs WIFE: Cleo Coyle asks, "Is it a Sauce or a Soup?"

So I was cleaning out the refrigerator—an interesting exercise in culinary archeology—and I mentioned to my husband, Marc, that I’d found six whole tomatoes in the crisper, and they were in no shape for a salad or garnish. "I hate to throw them out, so if you want to do something with them, be my guest..."

Cleo ponders a solution to her
overripe tomatoes.
(BTW, these weren't them.)
An hour later, sitting at my laptop, my concentration was broken by an enticing scent. I followed the aromatic breadcrumbs to find my six-foot husband bent over a steaming pot. "It’s a sauce but it’s pretty loose," he said. "I was about to thicken it with a can of tomato paste."

I tasted it and shook my head. "You don’t need tomato paste because you’ve made an amazing tomato soup here, not a sauce." Then he tasted it and shook his head. "It’s not soup yet, but it could be." I agreed. "Especially if you cream it!"

Another half hour ticked by. When I sampled the soup again, it tasted even better.


Cleo Coyle, who says "tomato"
and "tom-ah-to," writes The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
in collaboration with her
husband, Marc

"I think it’s more of a chowder or a stew than a soup," my husband now insisted. "Whatever you want to call it, the stuff is great,” I replied. And the best part of this story is that you, dear reader, do not have to take my word for it. You can try the recipe for yourself. . . .

Cleo Coyle's
Bacon and
Tomato Bisque

Makes about 6 servings

To download a free PDF of
this recipe that you can print,
save, or share, click here.


5 slices bacon, chopped
¼ pound ground sausage (we use Jimmy Dean Original)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
2 yellow onions, diced
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
1 tablespoon oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers
6 large tomatoes, cleaned and chopped
1 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
1 cup water
¼ cup heavy cream

STEP 1 - PRIME THE POT: Sauté the bacon in a five quart pot. When the bacon is browned, add the sausage and break it up. When the pork is browned add salt, the ground black pepper, and the garlic cloves (whole). Cook until the outside of the garlic begins to look clear, about 3 to 5 minutes.

STEP 2 - ADD THE VEGETABLES: Stir in the diced onions and carrots, and the chopped celery. Cook over medium heat until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

STEP 3 - SPICE PLUS TOMATOES: Add the oregano and crushed red pepper, stir well and cook for another minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir the pot. Finally add the stock and the water. Stir as the ingredients come to a boil. Cover loosely and simmer over a low heat for about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.

STEP 4 - CREAM IT: For added richness, add heavy cream (or half-and-half) after thirty minutes and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes. (To cut back on the fat and calories, milk will work, too.)

Serve hot with crackers or crusty bread and...

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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