Dear Readers: What is made with chilled sparkling water, papayas and freshly squeezed lime juice? I'll bet you are thinking this is a tropical drink.
Guess what? These ingredients are the makings of a fabulous chilled soup. The recipe is perfect for those days when you don't want to heat up the kitchen -- just heat up the conversation with this "cool" soup. Here's the recipe for Sparkling Papaya Soup:
2 large, ripe papayas, peeled and cut into large cubes
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (nonfat won't work)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1 cup sparkling water
4 mint sprigs for garnish
Place the papaya, 1/2 cup of the yogurt, lime juice and honey in a food processor, reserving some of the papaya for garnish. Blend until smooth. Add 1/2 cup sparkling water and continue until blended. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Just before serving, add the remaining sparkling water and mix well. Garnish each serving with several papaya cubes, 1 tablespoon yogurt and a mint sprig. Makes 4 servings.
Spin-off: Blend leftover soup with crushed ice for a great drink!
To sass up other soups:
UAdd croutons, dumplings, won tons or noodles to clear soups.
UAdd a dollop of sour cream, yogurt or chopped herbs to cream soups.
UAdd grated cheese, chopped hard-boiled eggs or lemon slices.
UServe them inside a round, hollowed-out bread or a cabbage head.
For this recipe and other "soup-er" ideas, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Soups, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001. You can really get creative with your soups by adding leftovers like wine, beans, lentils and even spices such as tarragon, ginger and dry mustard. You can freeze most soups and have a quick meal on a busy night. Heloise
Speaking of soups, what is a cold Spanish soup made with tomatoes and fresh veggies?
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If you guessed gazpacho ... you are "2" good, and that was a "soup-er" guess. It is a cold soup, but the green chilies make it warm! Heloise
Dear Heloise: I use a pants/skirt hanger to clamp a cookbook open to the recipe page I am using. I hang it on an upper-cabinet knob to create more counter space and keep the cookbook from getting food spills on it. Sheila R. from Bakersfield, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I just read your hint about what to add to meatloaf and want to say I use potato chips, tortilla chips and corn chips. They, too, add different flavors to the meatloaf. Becky in Lake Charles, La.
Dear Heloise: When I make blueberry muffins, I put the batter in the baking cups, then add the berries in the cups, punching them down until the batter covers the berries. That way, the berries are evenly distributed among the individual muffins. May Livingston, via e-mail
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