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Tracy L. Dec 13, 2002 02:00 PM

I'm having 3 vegetarian couples over for a soup dinner. I want to make 2 soups one a peanut soup and need advice on what to make for the other soup. The peanut soup has coconut milk, tomatoes, red chiles and root veggies. I'd like a nice contrast but still have it compliment the peanut soup. TIA

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    foodie in lawyer's clothing Dec 13, 2002 02:51 PM

    butternut squash soup, no cream

    and

    tomato/basil

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      Lindsay B. Dec 13, 2002 08:39 PM

      Would you prefer two hot soups, or a hot soup and a cold soup? If you're looking for a second hot soup, how about a clear broth with Asian accents? Maybe a ginger and lemon-grass broth, or a mushroom broth. Add crisp, colorful veggies (e.g. baby corn, julienned sweet peppers, bamboo shoots, dried fresh or canned exotic mushrooms, etc).

      Gazpacho might be a good choice for a cold soup. Or a cool cucumber soup with little or no dairy, if such a thing exists.

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      BGrey Dec 13, 2002 03:05 PM

      I suggest vichyssoise. Easy, easy and oddly full of flavor for so few ingredients. You'll be contrasting with temperature AND texture. I've never tried a peanut soup, but I've always wanted to. Have you made this one before?

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        BGrey Dec 13, 2002 03:05 PM

        I suggest vichyssoise. Easy, easy and oddly full of flavor for so few ingredients. You'll be contrasting with temperature AND texture. I've never tried a peanut soup, but I've always wanted to. Have you made this one before?

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          Donna - MI Dec 13, 2002 10:05 PM

          Would split pea soup work? D.

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            tigerwoman Dec 13, 2002 10:42 PM

            What about carrot ginger or sweetpotato ginger - both with go with a coconut based soup, yet not be redundant.

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              Sharuf Dec 14, 2002 10:47 AM

              TWO soups? What are you going for - a yang and yin effect in one bowl? I've seen pictures of that but it always seemed more like a stunt than a culinary concept.

              Why not one soup along with an incredible salad and some marvelous bread? Say cheese sticks and popovers or corn muffins.

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                Tracy L. Dec 14, 2002 02:02 PM

                Two soups in one bowl would be too daring for me, interesting concept though. I went to a dinner party where there were 2 or 3 soups and all the guests loved it, it was weird because there were fewer people at that dinner than I am inviting to mine! I plan to have my guests bring salad, bread and dessert. My friends are incredible cooks and really go all out when they have get togethers, they always have an abundance of everything (even for potlucks). I'd like to reciprocate, so having two excellent soups seems appropriate to me. Thanks for your input.

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                  Thea Dec 14, 2002 06:05 PM

                  Sometimes two soups in a bowl work out incredibly well. I've had a tomato-basil paired with potato-leek. And in Mexico I had a cream of corn soup paired with cream of huitaculche (a mushroom that grows on corn)--fantastic. At 5th Floor, we loved a trio of chilled summer tomato soups red, yellow and green, each flavored differently.

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                    Tracy L. Dec 15, 2002 08:21 PM

                    How fun and creative. I could see using clear glass bowls and doing a layered effect. Thanks for the suggestions.

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                  Hallie Dec 15, 2002 06:12 AM

                  At a lunch place nearby to me they specialise in soups for working people who take it away and eat it at their desk (I confess to be one of these). They try to make two contrasting soups each day - one identified as Bold and the other, Simple. They figure that everyone will like at least one or the other. It sounds to me as if you have a 'Bold' with the peanut soup and you need a 'Simple' to contrast with it. I might suggest wild mushroom soup (wild mushrooms, garlic, cream, stock, onions), french onion soup, or something like corn chowder or Tuscan bean (cannelini beans, borlotti beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, stock, tomatoes, basil, oregano - all pureed together).

                  Hope it all goes well!

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                    RiJaAr Nov 14, 2006 04:07 AM

                    i think maybe a gazpacho of some kind, or maybe a chilled dessert soup

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