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DJ Jayro Soup Development Team: Week Nineteen – 99 Problems (But a Bisque Ain’t One)

Dear Soup Development Team,

During the Roman Empire, the emperor Claudius II held the conviction that married men made for poor soldiers and had decided to outlaw the marrying of young men. Upon discovering that Saint Valentine had defied his orders and secretly encouraged young lovers to get married, Claudius ordered his swift execution. Thus, around A.D 270 on the fourteenth day of February, Saint Valentine was put to death. Some maintain that Valentine himself initiated the concept of sending love message in which he had ended the note by writing ‘from your valentine’. People say during imprisonment he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and he had expressed his deep feelings for her by writing letters.

So this Valentine’s Day, while your wining and dining your better half in a haze of wine and chocolate, think of the reason why you’re there in the first place. On the other hand, if you’re having girl problems then I feel bad for you son, I got….

99 Problems (But a Bisque Ain’t One)

Heat the following in a soup pan over medium heat:

2 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Saute in the butter/olive oil for about three minutes

1 large (or 2 small) shallots, minced
1 large leek, thinly sliced diagonally

Add the following, cook for another minute:

8 ounces of crimini mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces of shiitake muchrooms, sliced
6 ounces of portobello mushrooms, sliced (about 3 smaller ones)

Add 1/4 cup of flour and incorporate into the vegetables

Add 3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes

Add, simmer for 10 more minutes:

1 cup of cream (35% is best, you could also use milk)
thyme to taste
ground nutmeg to taste


1/4 cup sherry
lemon juice from 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

Track of the Week:

Track this week is “Fair Weather Friends” by Daedelus, because inside we’re all the same.

“made from scratch”

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