Chilled Avocado Soup

One of my favorite ways to start off a summer party is with a cool, refreshing, summer soup. Chilled soups are a hostess’ friend as they can be prepared ahead of time, chilled and served when your guests sit down to eat. That way you can spend time socializing with your guests instead of stressing over the first course! For a cocktail party mini chilled soup shots are a great idea. Filling shots glasses with a chilled soup leaves your guests with a free hand for whatever delicious beverage you are serving.

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Pumpkin Coconut Curry Soup

We are well into the holiday season and I am not sick of pumpkin yet!

This time of year the shelves of Whole Foods are bursting with cans and packages of pureed organic pumpkin. I am not a huge fan of buying packaged goods, and avoid it as much as I possibly can. I do make an exception for pumpkin puree. As long as I buy the organic variety (in a tetra pack not a can if possible) I do not feel too bad about it. Slicing, cooking, and pureeing the pumpkin myself can be very time consuming. I am a busy girl and my time is valuable!

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Chilled Tomato Ginger Soup

This is a quick and easy summer soup, which is best made when tomatoes are at their peak. I like to serve it as a hors d’oeuvres in a small glass bowl.  You could also garnish this with basil or cilantro instead of the mint.

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