Chilled Summer Borscht

Yield: About 2 quarts soup

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Who can possibly resist the brilliant, gem-like tones of this classic chilled soup? What lie beyond the visual appeal are the honey-and-spice notes of fresh, summer beets infused with tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper and fresh dill. As if your senses hadn’t had enough, the crunch of the glowing Radish and Cucumber Salad takes it to a whole new level!

Ingredients

Preparation

Wrap the beets in foil and bake them at 400° F for 1 hour or until fork tender. (Or you may cook them in boiling water.) Cool and slip off the skins. Coarsely chop them.

In a heavy pot, heat the oil or butter and sauté the onion, celery root and garlic for 5 minutes or until the onions are tender and lightly golden. Stir in the tomato paste and sugar and cook for 1 minute more. Add the beets, broth, vinegar and dill. Cook for 5 minutes, to meld the flavors. Season well with salt and pepper. Allow to cool then puree in batches until smooth. Add more broth if it is too thick. Chill completely.

Serve garnished with the Radish and Cucumber Salad, sour cream and dill sprigs and pass the pepper mill.

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Source: PCC Fresh, July 2010

Lynne Vea

ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea

Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.

She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.

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