In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

A soup to feed every guest, no matter how finicky

Dana Velden

JewishWorldReview.com | One of the challenges of entertaining these days is the number of food allergies, sensitivities, aversions and other issues guests can bring with them to the table. It's impossible to please everyone, but this soup goes a long way toward universal satisfaction and joy. Made with ground cashews instead of cream and kicked up with an array of savory herbs and spices, it is the perfect thing to serve when you have mixed company. But don't make it just because it's vegan-friendly and easy. Make it because it's absolutely delicious.

This Cashew Tomato Soup has hippie roots, as it is based on a recipe found in "The Tassajara Recipe Book" by Edward Espe Brown, but its rich and spicy creaminess makes it a favorite for modern palates as well. I serve it to everyone and mention that it's vegan only when there's a vegan around to care. It's a quick and simple dish that can easily be made ahead of time and reheated just before serving.

The texture of the soup is creamy, but unless you have one of those super powerful Vitamix-style blenders, it will likely have some texture from the cashews. I don't mind this, but I do know someone who strains her cashew mix before adding to pot. I recommend that you try the soup as is before opting for straining; why add an extra step if it's not necessary?

This recipe can easily be divided in half or multiplied to feed the masses. Just be careful with the ground cloves when scaling up the amounts, as you can go overboard there. Err on the side of less and you will be good.


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This soup is delicious served with rice (brown or white) and a vinegary side salad of robust greens such as radicchio or arugula. Some shaved fennel would be nice, too.


SERVES: 8 to 10

  • 4 cups raw cashews .
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola
  • 4 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small chipotle, dried or in adobo (optional, or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole or chopped tomatoes
  • The juice from one lemon or lime
  • Chopped parsley or basil for garnish (optional)

In a blender (or using an immersion blender) blend the cashews and water until smooth. I find it helpful to do this in an 8-cup batter bowl, which gives me enough room to really blend the cashews with my immersion blender. A Vitamix would also be handy, although a regular blender will work as well. Set aside. Don't wash your blender, as you will be using it again soon.

In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil, and add the onion, celery and salt. Cook slowly, partially covered. Stir occasionally. When onions are soft and translucent, add the garlic and chipotle, and cook until fragrant. Add remaining spices and continue to cook another minute or two.

Add tomatoes and cashew milk, and stir. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until soup begins to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes. Blend using an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender (be very careful when blending hot liquids!), until soup is smooth. Return to pot, taste for seasoning, and add the lemon or lime juice if needed. Reheat gently, watching carefully as it's easy to scorch the bottom.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with the optional herbs.

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(Dana Velden is a writer for TheKitchn.com, a nationally known blog for people who love food and home cooking. Submit any comments or questions to: kitchn@apartmenttherapy.com.)

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