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What is your favorite summertime soup?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa St. on July 21, 2010

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Photo of Jacqueline Victor

“Gazpacho.”

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“Gazpacho because it’s cold, and tomatoes are good for you.”

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“It is tomato bisque, smooth and yummy.”

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“Red lentil, it’s got curry in it and seems good for you.”

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Clancy99 3 years, 9 months ago

Cucumber Soup at 715....best restaurant in town.

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g_rock 3 years, 9 months ago

No Mom, that is not whiskey in my thermos. It is soup.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Some of the best soup around is made from the broth from boiling a raccoon. It cant' be beat. Just add a bit of fresh tomatoes, some freshly dug potatoes and a bit of bud left over from the old hippie era. Makes the mind keen and alert.

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tange 3 years, 9 months ago

I am so down with alphanumeribet soup.

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autie 3 years, 9 months ago

I changed my mind. I wanna be a policemans now.

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 9 months ago

I found the recipe for the fruit soup I used to enjoy in Texas

Ingredients 1 small cantaloupe 1/2 of a small honeydew melon 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 4 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries 1 8-ounce carton vanilla yogurt 1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream 2 cups milk

Directions 1. Using a small melon baller, scoop the cantaloupe and the honeydew into balls or use a knife to cut melons into cubes. (You should have about 4 cups cantaloupe and 2 cups honeydew.) Set melon aside. 2. In a small saucepan combine pineapple juice, sugar, and ginger. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mixture is the consistency of a thin syrup. Remove from heat; cool. Transfer syrup to a storage container. Add 2 cups of the cantaloupe pieces and all of the honeydew pieces. Cover and chill overnight. 3. Meanwhile, in a blender container or food processor bowl cover and blend or process strawberries until smooth; remove and set aside. Cover and blend or process remaining 2 cups cantaloupe pieces until smooth. In a large mixing bowl stir together yogurt and sour cream. Add pureed strawberries, pureed melon, and milk; stir until combined. Cover and chill overnight. 4. To serve, drain melon balls, reserving syrup; stir reserved syrup into chilled soup. Ladle soup into bowls; top with melon balls.

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kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

Jeesh, gazpacho trendy? Only been around a few hundred years. Forget the lemon. Better with lime and a dollop of tequila for some extra oomph; oomph being a necessary ingredient for the summer lethargy.

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Pywacket 3 years, 9 months ago

Tortilla soup... another summer favorite, made with home-made chicken broth and fresh, oven-crisped tortillas. I include fresh corn, black beans, jalapenos, minced onion, and whatever else I decide to throw in and serve with sour cream and grated cheddar. It's hot but it tastes so good in the summer.

Dang--it is time for lunch.

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scopi_guy 3 years, 9 months ago

Grown men shouldn't say the word yummy out loud.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 9 months ago

I eat soup year round but the ones I eat in the summer are ones that cook fast and leave little residue heat in the house. Chowders are always good in the summer. I do clam and corn chowder. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. LoveLoveLove French onion soup anytime of year.

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ms_canada 3 years, 9 months ago

Vichysoise and gazpacho are two very refreshing cold soups which are most enjoyable on a hot summer day. And since it is quite hot here today, I think I will make gazpacho right now. Just going to look up the recipe.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, I have had peaches in cream too...

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 9 months ago

There was this restaurant in Austin, TX that would serve a cold fruit soup with a milk base that was incredible.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Good point, Bob. Mr. Johnson was tough and brash. He only dated white chicks. Once, he got pulled over for driving like, 100 mph down this highway. The cop said the fine would be $50. He gave the cop $100 and said "Here, take this, cuz I'll be comin' back the same way".

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Pywacket 3 years, 9 months ago

At risk of labeling myself as a granola-hugging tree licker, I have to say I am a year-round soup fiend--and some of them are out of the ordinary. I make a gazpacho that Jack might even like if he allowed himself to try it, and a French sorrel soup (R I's toes just curled up) to die for. That stuff is smooth, creamy, and tangy and can be served hot or cold.

I'd add another vote for corn chowder--or any kind of homemade chowder, cheddar ale soup, beef stew, home-made chicken noodle.... they're all good.

As for bisques, they've been around longer than the granola-chugging dirty-feet set, so don't dismiss a good bisque out of hand. Your great-grandma probably whipped up a mean bisque in between beating the rugs with a wire beater and scrubbing the family laundry with lye soap.

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dajudge 3 years, 9 months ago

Hot, buttery, biscuits and gravy soup! A nice big bowl of it with some sausages and eggs thrown in.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"What kind of soup would Jack Johnson eat? That would be my Merc answer."

He needed a lot of protein to beat up the white man. I'm guessing beef stew.

And if you are talking about that surfer guy who puts his audience to sleep, I'm pretty sure it isn't soup he puts in his bowl.

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jonas_opines 3 years, 9 months ago

I make a fruit and yogurt soup in my blender. I call it a smoothie.

Not a fan of most soups.

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labmonkey 3 years, 9 months ago

Someone made some cabbage soup at work the other night, and it wasn't too bad even though it felt weird eating it in the summer.

What kind of soup would Jack Johnson eat? That would be my Merc answer.

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

How the heck is Sue? Up to her Sunflowers' in it I bet?

Do give her my regards.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Actually, corn chowder is pretty good, as long there is enough bacon in it. Unless you are tight, then it is rather disgusting.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 9 months ago

Soup?! Ain't soup season at my house! Ice cream, sure, you bet. No to soup, hot or cold. Just more cold beer. Soup......... Merc......... whatever.

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tony88 3 years, 9 months ago

gazpacho is good!

also, i'll eat a hot soup anytime of the year.

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g_rock 3 years, 9 months ago

Cheddar Beer soup without the cheese. Ice cold. On the front porch at the end of the day.

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Chocolate ice cream. (soup). I agree with Jack on this one. The shoppers at the merc are only going to give a trendy answer, what are the rest of the granola's saying? Oh? Tomato basil bisque. I love the pee wee herman look. At first I thought he was the model for BIG BOY restaraunts.

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Donnuts 3 years, 9 months ago

a good beef stew with carrots, onions and potatoes

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BABBOY 3 years, 9 months ago

I did not know there was such a thing as summer time soup. I guess Chilli can be considered a fall or winter soup. But, I am not into labels and will eat Chilli anytime of the year......

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

It's the truth-look at that ham. It's flavorful, it's juicy, it's well prepared...it's the universal truth...that's F'IN' GOOD HAM.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"not even a cheddar ale? If it was in air conditioning?" Autie

80 degree dew points and hot soup don't go well together. I still gots to be outside doing things.

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

A Free State bowl of the day Keeps Whitney away.

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RATM 3 years, 9 months ago

I am a merican we dont eat soup in the summer. Take that commie propaganda to the street.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Just wait till it warms up. It'll really be stinkin' at the Merc. Oh, my favorite soup? Pixie Stick broth.

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autie 3 years, 9 months ago

90% humidity....at 7:00 a.m.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Who the hell wants to eat cold soup? Blecckk! I guess it's about saving electricity, like it really matters. See, you wouldn't get these answers at Speedway Shell.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Roe, you rock my world, dude!! I didn't realize you knew about stuff like that. Shannon was totally trippin' on acid in that clip. Great song. He died about a year after that.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh. Great. The Merc. And predictably, everyone asked had to give mention some fancy cuisine soup. No, not chicken noodle. Too run of the mill for the Merc. Hey Pee Wee, can't you just say tomato soup? Oh no, it has to be bisque, whatever the hell that is. I guess gazpacho must be the premium hippie stew. Does it smell like patchouli? It's like asking some twit like Ryan Adams who he's listening to. He'll reel off a bunch of bands you never heard of because it makes him sound oh so intelligent and adventurous.

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