Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Spring Soup

One of my favorite spring soups although not made with spring produce is Cream of Lettuce Soup. A find from a cookbook from The Elsah Landing Restaurant. The restaurant is across the river from St. Louis in Illinois and although I've never been to the restaurant, I am always intrigued by restaurant/tea room cookbooks because I feel that the recipes in them are doable and often easy and inexpensive.
This soup is made from a head of iceberg lettuce. It is amazing how quickly iceberg can wilt in the fridge if not treated properly. But chopped and simmered for 15 minutes, it is still crisp.
It's an easy soup to make, makes a great soup for a ladies luncheon and is one dish that guests will definitely remember. It has a subtle flavor and although Husband Jim teases me about it, lady guests really like it.

I sometimes garnish it with whipped cream but this time I chose grated carrot. I like the orange against the pale color of the soup.

Cream of Lettuce Soup
(From The Elsah Landing Restaurant Cookbook)

1 large head iceberg lettuce
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup butter
1 cup Carnation evaporated milk or 1 cup light cream
Dash nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped (optional)

Wash and chop lettuce. Combine lettuce with the chicken stock in large pot. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Pour in small quantities into blender jar and blend just until grainy but NOT pureed. It shoould have a sauce texture. Return ot pot.

Add butter and milk or cream. Bring to a simmer. Add nutmeg. Add additional cream if desired.

Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Or you can use grated carrot.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha! This soup looks fantastic, and I have a head of Iceberg in the refrigerator, leftover from Easter -- I think it's the perfect candidate for a transformation into soup!

I remember reading about Elsah Landing years ago, in either Colonial Homes or Early American Life; I probably still have the issue.

Thanks for the recipe, and your encouraging comments on my post today. I am having great fun "finding" all the things I have, and putting them back to use again. Some of them have been packed away for 2 years.

Best wishes ... Cass

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Just read the sweet note that you left in my glad that you came by and thank you so much for your sweet compliments! I just giggled when I read the saying that you have stenciled on your cute! I love that!!!

Well my friend, you have been busy...between making lettace soup and the your symphony gala! First of all...I just love those darling little bunny soup bowls! Secondly...I bet attending the concert was glorious! Your party afterwards looked fun! A pretty set table with a menu to match! Yum!

Just wanted to let you know that one of your blog readers had read the note that I left you saying that I had missed that Hallmark movie...she wrote to let me know that it was on Sunday evening (not Saturday) I was able to see it after all. It was such a good movie...I'm so glad that I got to watch it! I'm glad that they gave credit to your local high school for inspiring the movie!

Warmest wishes,

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your spring soup is gorgeous in that beautiful tureen. I miss tea rooms - they made me feel grown up when I was a girl. Thanks for this great spring recipe.

KBeau said...

Sounds delicious and easy to make. Do you use canned chicken stock?

Southerncook said...

Sounds like a great soup recipe and I LOVE the soup bowls. So cute. Enjoyed reading about the dessert party after the symphony too.


xinex said...

Thanks for the recipe, Martha. We have lettuce in the garden and this would be a good use for it. Thanks for commenting and stoppping by...Christine

Betsy Brock said...

This soup looks wonderful! I've never heard of lettuce soup! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! It's great to meet new people. Your house and blog look so charming!