Sunday, December 6

Carolyne Roehm’s Cream of Chestnut Soup

This time of year I am always reminded of how much I love my Carolyne Roehm Winter Notebook. The images and recipes never fail to excite and inspire. I think Carolyne’s Cream of Chestnut Soup would make a wonderful addition to any holiday meal.


2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 cup Sauternes
4 cups chicken stock (veal stock is preferable if available)
1 can (15.5 ounces) pureed chestnuts
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Chopped parsley or chervil for garnish

In a medium saucepan, heat butter on medium heat. Add shallots and sauté for 10 minutes. Add Sauternes and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Add chicken or veal stock, bring to a boil and reduce heat. Add chestnut purée and whisk until smooth. Add cream, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped parsley or chervil.

Makes 6 servings


Vintage Living Magazine said...

The soups sounds good, but that notebook even better! I'm going to get a copy. The breathtaking photo of that that beautiful tablescape and room really put me into the spirit. Thanks so my for sharing, Ronda. :-)


Michaela @ The Gardener's Eden said...

Oh my - doesn't this sound delicious. And I just noticed you decorated yourself in the top bar! I love it ;). If you like butternut squash soup, yesterday I posted a delightful recipe on TGE, adapted from Annie Somerville's Fields of Greens...
First snow here last night!

mary said...

The soup sounds delicious; the new attire is flattering!
For some reason the email notices to "All The Best" did not arrive arrive in my mail box this week; so when today's email arrived and then I scrolled down to the Ashley Hicks interview, I was thrilled. This is truly a revealing interview that get to the heart of David and Ashley Hicks and the photo choices are great--I'm going to Amazon to search for copies of David Hicks' books. Seeing these particular photos shows me where my design aesthetic evolved from. Thanks so much. Keep warm and dry. I love your posts.

Anonymous said...

Yum. I think the Balsamic Vinegar would add just the right touch. Good find!

red ticking said...

ronda, sounds simply delicious.. thank you for sharing.. have a great week..x pam

Karena said...

Mmmm Ronda, this sounds so good on a wintry Kansas City day!

Gwen Driscoll said...


Love my Winter Notebook too. I have this image in my archives and I just love it. So festive. I hope you and your family have a great Holiday season.

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Francine Gardner said...

My mouth is watering, and what a table setting...
Hope all is well, Best, Francine

Sallie Ann said...

This sounds delicious and would be easily adjusted for vegetarians. How festive!

lindsey said...

Your blog is amazing! So much eye candy AND great info!