Refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho

We finally had a few moments of summer in San Francisco and as most buildings are without AC┬áthis soup served as our cool refreshment. Watermelon, mint and feta are the classic summer combination and remind me of the fresh flavors of the Middle East. This soup is extremely simple to make and can be prepared in a blender in less than 10 minutes. I have a few “wow” recipes and this is definitely one of them.

Roasted Parsnip and Leek Soup

Soup is often under appreciated. In my opinion, the soup course is the most important as these are the first bites your guests will take of your food. Your soup will set the tone of the dinner and often will be most remembered item you prepared due to their fresh palates. Similar to a preview for a film, it should excite and invite a desire to invest in a multi-course meal.