In My August Kitchen

IMK Aug soupGreetings from my summer kitchen in Chautauqua, New York! Thanks, always, to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this international forum. My summer headquarters, about 10 miles south of Lake Erie, is located in prime Concord grape growing territory. The grapes are not yet ripe, but blueberries grow in profusion. My daughter went blueberry picking with her cousin and came back with several pints. I immediately turned some into a chilled soup with a recipe from the New England Soup Factory Cookbook (full disclosure: I’m the book’s co-author). It made quite a conversation piece at the pot luck dinner where I brought it.

Berry close-up

I picked a few raspberries from the bushes growing wild across the road. Though I was excited to try them in a recipe for an updated Jell-O salad made with gelatin, Prosecco and club soda, the concoction never jelled properly. My daughter said it tasted like “a bad Jell-O shot,” but nothing could ruin the fresh berry flavor.

Berry gelatin failure





When I have time, I comb the local libraries and flea markets for cookbooks. Here is the latest yield.

IMK Aug booksWith all the fields and farm stands nearby, it’s hard not to eat healthy food at this time of year (except for ice cream). And I’m enjoying all the colors that I missed back in the ice-bound New England winter. Let the bounty continue! Happy August, everyone.



About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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9 Responses to In My August Kitchen

  1. thesnowwoman says:

    Beautiful berries! Happy August!

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  2. EllaDee says:

    Amazing colours, the chilled blueberry soup is just gorgeous. Purple soup… who knew! The hues of the Jello salad are jewel-like.

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  3. There’s nothing like fresh berries.

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  4. Kim Bultman says:

    Clara, your blueberry soup photo popped up on my screen and my reaction was, “Oh! Look at that COLOR!” It’s sure to have tasted as beautiful as it looks and I think that’s a neat dish to bring to a pot luck. Nice cookbook collection, too!


  5. Cate says:

    the chilled soup looks sublime! Perfect for summer -Cate from IMK

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  6. Gretchen says:

    The blueberry soup looks beautiful and sounds quite delicious. I miss red raspberries, they do t seem to grow here. Yours look delicious and you’re right, even not gelled I’m sure the berry flavor was wonderful.


  7. that soup looks amazing. what a great colour! i have made cherry soup before, and it too was a gorgeous colour, and real talking point. berries are fabulous aren’t they?


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