Thursday, May 24, 2012

Favorite Things Friday ~ Cream of Asparagus Soup

What do you do when you have been blessed by a friend with several pounds of fresh, homegrown asparagus?

You steam some for dinner a couple nights in a row, and then you take a whole bunch of it and make cream of asparagus soup.  At least, that's what I did.

I used this recipe, which is the first one that came up when I Googled "cream of asparagus soup."  It was simple and had a lot of good reviews, so it seemed like a winner to me—and it certainly was!

I tweaked the recipe by adding a minced clove of garlic, using ghee instead of butter (which many with a milk protein sensitivity can tolerate) and instead of heavy cream, I used a tablespoon of full fat coconut milk in my bowl.  Everyone else stirred a little moo-cow cream into theirs.  It was, in a word, divine.

I snipped some chives from my garden for a garnish.  Did you know chive blossoms are edible?

Favorite thing:  Homemade cream of asparagus soup.

Also, this new song, which I heard on the radio on Tuesday.  I predict good things for this band, Alabama Shakes.  Brittany, the singer, has a unique voice, sort of (but not entirely) like Etta James meets Macy Gray.  To be honest, when I first heard it on the radio, I thought it was a male singer.  The video set me straight, and I loved it all the more.


  1. Cream of asparagus soup! looks very yummy. I would probably grill it all, but your idea seems like a good one. I thought the chives were clovers .. :)

  2. I think I would like that soup. My favorite way to eat asparagus involves prosciutto wrapped around it and a little Parmesan dusted over. Roasted is good, too. LOVE the song!

  3. Yum again! I really enjoy watching musicians who really enjoy what they're doing:) Very cool voice.

  4. Wow that looks super yummy. I may have to go get me some asparagus!

  5. It looks divine...and so gourmet! What a delicious and beautiful soup to eat! ☺ Great favourite. Thanks for sharing, P. Happy FTF! ☺

  6. That is simply beautiful! Love the chive garnish - gorgeous!

    I can't wait to check out the recipe :) Thanks for sharing - asparagus is in season here, too!

  7. What magazine worthy pictures of the soup! =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  8. Love fresh asparagus and your soup looks delicious. Great song and I love her voice.

  9. I really only appreciated asparagus once I started cooking it myself and not eating the canned variety (actually when I was growing up that was all you could get), but I love it sauté with a little onion and pine nuts. Haven't ever tried asparagus soup probably would be nice.

  10. That has got to be the prettiest bowl of soup I've ever seen!!

  11. LOVE those flowers for garnish (and if you're to be believed eating as well!)

    It looks pretty darn good....

  12. Yes, garlic is good, especially in soup. I almost always cook with garlic & onions.

    I would never have thought to make soup with asparagus. I'm curious enough about it to perhaps try it some time.

    Brittany, the singer from Alabama Shakes, has a great voice.

    xo -E


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