2013 been rough. While in Orlando this weekend, I got word that a dear childhood friend, who I’ve known since first grade, was tragically killed in a car accident. His family lived a block from mine on Lynn Avenue…he was the brother I never had. Our time together was rare over the past couple decades…relegated mainly to class reunions…plus updates via Christmas cards (even though he was Jewish, the throng of Catholic girls in our neighborhood were a mighty influence). We’d laugh till the hiccups came reminiscing old times during those sporadic gatherings. Although he drew accolades as a physician and professor at the University of Michigan med-school, I knew him as the incorrigible, impish boy next door. And I will always remember that sweet, cherubic face of his youth.
So many hearts have been broken…over 700 overflowed the Union ballroom for his memorial service. Family, friends, colleagues and many, many patients were touched by his kindness and dedication to helping others . Steve Gradwohl, may you rest in peace. So I am out of town again…but this time to a funeral. Steve was a marvelous cook, I am told…so this soup is dedicated to memory.
The ingredient list was simple: asparagus, leeks, shallots, onion, garlic…along with the requisite salt and pepper plus some olive oil and butter for sauteing the aromatics. The process was a bit more complicated as it involved peeling the woody part of the asparagus stalks and making a sachet with the peels to add to the poaching liquid. Not sure that extra step provided a huge oomph of asparagus flavor, but I went with the flow. My only tweaks were to cook the asparagus in some chicken broth instead of salted water…and to garnish with crab meat which easily made this soup into an entree (well, I’m not sure I could convince the hubby of this). This asparagus soup was certainly pretty…and tasty…but I wasn’t wowed. And after inquiring what had been in the blender, Nick replied that only spinach soup could be worse. I’m not even going to mention next week’s Pistachio Avocado to him.
The recipe can be found here.
I apologize for not visiting all my fellow Doristas’ blogs the past two weeks…I miss seeing your creations. xo