Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Onion Soup

Little covered soup bowls to hold our traditional Spring Onion Soup - the recipe is at the end of this post, along with the details about this Easter table.

Little Chick

Pink Rabbit

Little Duck

White Rabbit

Creamy Spring Onion Soup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 bunches scallions—white and tender green parts cut into 1-inch lengths, green tops thinly sliced
4 leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
2 cups dry white wine
3 cups water

2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 ounces fresh goat cheese (1/4 cup), softened

In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the white and tender green parts of the scallions, along with the leeks, fennel and onion; season with salt and white pepper.
Cook over low heat, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, approx. 15 minutes.
Add the wine and boil over high heat until reduced to a few tablespoons, 12 minutes.
Add the water and cream and bring to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are very tender and pale green, approx. 15 minutes.
Add the scallion green tops and cook just until softened, about 2 minutes.
Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor , return it to the pot and season with salt and white pepper.
Whisk the buttermilk with the goat cheese in a bowl, ladle the soup into serving bowls, drizzle with the creamed goat cheese and serve. Garnish with chives or parsley is optional, serve with very thinly sliced sour dough bread rounds.
You can make this soup ahead, keeping the soup and the creamed goat cheese refrigerated in separate containers overnight. Reheat just before serving. So easy and you'll hear your guests rave!

Thanks so much for coming by to check out these cute critters!

Vintage tablecloth can be seen in  my Tablecloth Database
Covered soup bowls and napkin rings - Pfaltzgraff
Goblets, flatware, salad plates, glass basket, apothecary, napkins - Home Goods
Tumblers - Cost Plus World Market
Chargers - Anthropologie
Vintage Wells Art Glaze Peach plates
Egg votives - Michael's

I'm joining:
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum
Inspiration Friday by At The Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Flaunt It Friday at Chic On A Shoestring
Favorite Things at Bargain Hunting
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock with the letter "A" where this week's table features A Pink Rabbit, A Little Chick, A White Rabbit, and A Little Duck all taking center stage on the covered soup bowls to wish you A Happy Easter.


  1. Thank you for the great recipe...

    love the pink glass goblets!

  2. Your tables are awe-inspiring...I loved the little jelly beans on the table by the geese!

    This soup looks so good, I already emailed it to my mom before I even commented. I think we will make it this weekend! YUM YUM YUM!

  3. The recipe sounds very good. I'm very fond of goats cheese.

  4. Oh Candy! You table is perfecrly Spring!

  5. ...another pretty the chirping birds and music too.

    Blessings & Aloha!

  6. very elegant and inspiring! those are amazing pieces of collections, i just wanted them displayed :) visiting from alphabe-thurdsy. have a great day ahead of you!

  7. I just slobber all over everything when I visit at the round table,your kitchen,tablescapes,tablecothes,and themes are "A"bsolutely fantastic.
    My "A" is for "A"uthors,come for visit and check it out.

  8. I love it pretty! And I am glad to know that this gorgeous kitchen is really used for cooking! ;D

  9. your tables are always so happy looking. and you take such care with them. i love seeing that. :]

  10. All very sweet Candy. You certainly have a gift when it comes to tablescaping!~Ames

  11. Your setting is warm, elegant & inviting ... so scoot over, I'm coming in for breakfast ... chuckle!

    Have an eggs-tra blessed Easter ~
    TTFN ~

  12. Very cheery, happy table.

  13. Great table. Love the lidded Easter basket. They are adorable. As always, awesome tablecloth.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Beautiful and festive tables....I got one question? Where do you store all this stuff? LOL

  15. I don't know how you do it every week. The details on this table are wonderful. I love pear Jelly Bellies too.

  16. What a beautiful table! I love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Dannyelle at

  17. A lovely table. the little egg tureens are so darling. I love your flatware too. They didn't have that color when I saw them. (insert frown).. Happy Easter, be blessed. Do drop in I've got another giveaway going on!

  18. A delightful Easter tablescape - wonderful!

  19. You rock! I can't believe how beautiful your photos and settings are! Such a pleasure to visit!

  20. I just love all your tablescapes! You have the best selection of tableware! The tablecloth here is so vintage! Love it all! Happy Easter!

  21. Wow! An Amazing Easter/Spring Tablescape. Just so elegant and classy and fun too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. I will have to check out the soup recipe too. Sounds delish. Great photos too. It was fun to come and visit. Thank you for sharing your loveliness.

  22. I love this tablescape! The glass Easter basket is so sweet and I adore the individual covered bowls! I also really like the bed of grass with the Easter eggs on the buffet, such a nice touch. You have such a talent for creating the prettiest tablescapes and I know your family enjoys the extra effort to set such a nice table for them. Of course, as always I love your Fiesta, HLC and tablecloths!!!
    Have a great Easter!

  23. Where to begin! I have never seen soup bowls like these before. Wonderful. And the great spring silverware. Love the crocheted bunny and others under glass...and so much more.
    And the chirps on your music had the cats all over the keyboard.

  24. What a wonderful Easter tablecloth, Candy! I especially like the COS's. The recipe sounds wonderful.

  25. Candy, I knew you would post a fabulous Easter table and I am not disappointed at all. Your tablescape is beautiful and I especially love the little bunny tureens. Thank you for linking to my Open House party.

  26. A lovely and charming table, as your always are. The covered soup bowls are extra special. I cannot believe they are Pfaltzgraff. Wow! I'll have to start paying more attention to what they have to offer.

  27. Love the napkins and the little egg candles . It would be so nice to eat soup from those beautiful bowls . So extravagant with all the duck decorations and little eggs . How fun !

  28. This is a precious table -- thanks for sharing!

  29. What are the amounts of cream and buttermilk? Is that heavy cream?

  30. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on this table!

    For those of you interested in making this soup - ATTENTION about the two ingredient amounts I left out! I've corrected the recipe above to add that it is 2 Cups of heavy cream and 3/4 Cup buttermilk! I usually just guesstimate, but those are the called for amounts. :-)

    Carol - Check out the link on the sidebar for how I store all the goodies.

    Jackie - I quite often find alternate uses for things on the table. Thinking outside the box is part of my approach to life as a whole. Repurposing things for another use just makes sense to me.

    Happy Easter everyone!


  31. Candy, I love that you are using those ceramic dishes as soup bowls. The tablecloth is wonderful too.

  32. Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are so Beautiful. I love all your lovely dishes sweet lady. I have been doing my Tablescaps on a round teble for two weeks now. I would love if you can come see. I do follow you for a long time. I hope you and your family have a Great Easter.

  33. Such a happy Easter table you have. I just love coming over here to visit. Can't wait to try that yummy recipe for onion soup. Thanks so much for sharing it. Happy Easter!
    Marianne :)

  34. Your tablescape is gorgoeus! So happy and cheery. I love your chargers and all the plates, but your soup covered bowls a awesome...I'm really jelous...wish they were mine!!! Thanks for sharing that great recipe too. Hope you visit here for biscotti and my Pink Easter table.
    Have a blessed Easter.

  35. Every week I go through all the BNOP tablescape posts but I never take the time to comment. Here's the exception. I was struck by your table. (as with most of your tables) Warmth, talent, and an eye for beauty as well as whimsy. Thanks. Sheryl

  36. Hi Candy! Oh, your table is simply bunnilicious! So darling!
    Thank you for the soup recipe. We love onion soup so I'm probably going to try it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  37. Candy Candy Candy....your table is wonderful! I love it...every table you do is so creative and I love to see what you will do next. Love the bunnies, jelly beans...just all of it is so adorable.
    Happy Easter!

  38. Your table is as sweet as candy. I love the pastel and the many darling details! So cute.
    Thanks for the great recipe. It sounds wonderful.
    Please stop by to enter in GWAHM giveaway at StoneGable.
    Happy Easter.

  39. All the critters are all a-twitter, with the holiday coming up very soon now! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and for your sweet comments.

    Happy Easter!


  40. This is so cute. Have a lovely weekend! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  41. Absolutely darling! Like a treat for the eyes and I was thinking about how much my daughter would just adore this. :-) I loved the little sheep over on your sideboard too! Thank you so much for linking this up to our Inspiration Friday and may you have a truly blessed Easter!

  42. Oh those little covered soup bowls are adorable! I think my favorite is the sweet chick, followed a close second by the white bunny. Your tulip tablecloth is so pretty. I love that flatware, too. It's just another fun, fun, fun tablescape all the way around!
    Happy Easter,

  43. Gorgeous table~ I love all your sweet touches and pretty dishes- and the huge cloche on your island is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  44. Yours has to be one of the most beautiful blogs I've seen. Your pictures are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful Easter!

  45. your photo shots are pro.
    shining forks/spoons are lovely.

    Happy Easter!

  46. I loved visiting you today! The little soup tureens are festive and adorable--perfect for your soup!

  47. Hi, Candy. Sorry I'm late getting around to visit the tablescapes this week. Another fun, colorful table. I've loved each one of your Easter/Spring tables. More special flatware! Love seeing what you'll have on your tables. Hope your are enjoying a delightful Easter Sunday. ~ Sarah

  48. its simply too beautiful, i just love it. the way you set table gives us ideas to decorate your home in the best possible way!!

  49. Oh what a delightful atmosphere you've created! Love those soup bowls and napkin rings to match each one! As always, I love the way you tie in the kitchen island to your table setting. That pink, etched stemware is absolutely stunning! Your recipe sounds delicious, and I'm saving it to try. Thanks so much for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

  50. Thank you all for your sweet comments and I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday! We have sunshine again today, after many days of rain, so I'm sending warm weather to all of you for this coming week!


  51. Sniff. Sniff. Weeping quietly here.

    Sniff. Sniff.


    My Mom used paper plates this year for Easter.


    What a lovely, spring tablescape. This was gorgeous. And I have so many onions to use in my garden, I think I'm going to give your recipe a try!

    Thanks for linking.


  52. LOL Jenny! Sometimes paper is just what it takes to make it through the frenzy of a holiday. :-)


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