The Day Before the Celebration

Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and Sue
White Party -- Diva Style

I was so tempted to suggest mixing in a little Greek yogurt or heavy cream!! But, this soup is amazingly creamy -- without adding a bit of fat!  The yukon gold potatoes add the element of richness that really makes the soup delicious.

Ha!  I knew Mimi was tempted to try and jazz this up with some fattening stuff.  But I've made this so many times I also knew it wasn't necessary -- here's the proof.  Zucchini soup, served hot with mint as a garnish.  You can do a lot of different things with this recipe -- go nuts!  Create!
Chilled Zucchini Soup

  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium yukon gold potatoes
Coarsely chop the vegetables.
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Heat in a large stock pot or sauce pan over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until transluscent.  Add carrots and sauteé until crisp tender stirring occasionally. 
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 lb zucchini, scrubbed clean and coarsely chopped (1 inch chunks)
Add chicken stock, z​ucchini and potatoes to the sautéed vegetables.  Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer.  Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat season with salt and pepper and allow to cool.  
  • 8-10 basil leaves cleaned and coarsely chopped.
Once cooled, add basil leaves and emulsify with an immersion blender or process in a food processor until smooth but a few chunks of vegetables remain.  Pour into plastic containers, seal and refrigerate.
  • 8-10 additional basil leaves for garnish (optional)

White Bean Bruschetta
(Mario Batali's Recipe on Food Network)

  • 3  garlic cloves chopped
  • 2  15 oz cans cannellini beans
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamiic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp black olive paste
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
Mi​x everything together in a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Place in plastic container, tightly seal and refrigerate.

This bruschetta is on the table at one of Mario Batali's restaurants (if you are lucky enough to get a reservation!)  When we first had it at home the men in my family went crazy over it.

White beans, olives and garlic -- how could you go wrong with those ingredients?