July 8th Summer Jam-Off Event

Preserving fruits and vegetables is the surest way to be able to eat locally and sustainably throughout the year. At the "Hull-House Kitchen Preservation Fundraiser" on July 8 during Re-thinking Soup, chefs and food preservationists will donate jars of their preserved fruits and jams. Attendees at the day's soup conversation will be the judge of whose preserves are the tastiest. Jars will be auctioned off to raise funds for future meetings of the Re-thinking Soup series.

**July 8th will be the last Re-thinking Soup before the summer hiatus. Hull-House Kitchen will briefly close its doors to evaluate the program and test out new recipes. Please join us when we reopen our doors and serve more healthy soup on Tuesday AUGUST 19 at noon. Please give us your feedback and comments about your experiences at Rethinking Soup so that we can plan, scheme, and devise new ways of opening the table and the conversation to new ideas and new people.**

Hull-House Kitchen: Rethinking Soup

Please bring your hunger for free soup and conversation every tuesday. Hull-House Kitchen: Rethinking Soup is a communal event where we will eat delicious, healthy, soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues that we should be addressing. We will meet in the historic Residents' Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.Duboise, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideas, debate one another and conspire to change the world.

Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs will join us each week to present their ideas and projects. In the tradition of the Hull-House Settlement's commitment to free speech and Chicago's Bug House Square, the third tuesday of every month will feature a "Soup Soap Box." Anyone and everyone is invited to take the stage for 2 minutes each to share their projects, opinions, and visions for the future of food.

Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup
Every Tuesday, 12-1:30pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents' Dining Hall
800 South Halsted

(donations from $.01 to $1,000,000 gladly accepted)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Soup Soap Box

Welcome to the Hull House Kitchen. My name is Sam Kass; I am the executive chef of the Museum. I thank everyone for coming. A quick thank you Yoni Levy who is responsible for many of the ideas and the energy that produces our soup. To Tara Lane for her brilliance, and the Hull House staff for all their hard work.

In this room dinned many visionaries who shaped the world in which we live. Upton Sinclair ate here daily as he wrote the Jungle. John Dewy came here as he developed his theories of education. W.E.B. Dubois, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ida B Wells, Gertrude Stein, Frank Lloyd Wright along with 9,000 people from the surrounding communities and countless other came here to debate, discuss and seek a better world. It is in this tradition that we have our first Soup Soapbox! Every third Tuesday, we open the mic to all who wish to speak on the issues of our day as they relate to food. Every woman, man and child will have two minutes to share their vision of the future, and their ideas on how to get there.

Today’s soup is lentil, with collard greens from Green Acers Farm in Indiana, mustard greens and arugula from City Farms just down the road, and scallions from Nicoles Farm about an hour from the city.

What is the day we seek? We work towards a day when our children get the highest quality food we produce, and are not viewed as population to dispose of surplus. Towards a day where the who feed us are concerned about more than vast profit margins. Towards a day where what we eat fosters health, not disease. Towards that day where food helps to rebuild and bring together our communities, and is no longer used as a force of division. It is a day that can be expressed in many ways, but we all share a sense what is at its core.

Today is a testament to the fact we are on the way. There are countless people who have been working for years towards sustainability and health, long before weekly the New York Times articles about our food system and farmers markets dotting the cityscape. Many of those people are here; we owe them our tremendous gratitude.

The process that we are a part of today is a key step towards the realization of an essential element of the way forward: our politicians are beginning to lend their support. With much respect and admiration we thank chief sponsor of the Illinois Food Farms and Jobs Act Julie Hamos Jackie Collins and all who supported the bill for standing up and getting it signed into law, and I thank them ahead of time for all the future bills yet to be passed.

.2% of what is consumed in Illinois is grown in Illinois. The food that feeds our great state travels on average 1500 miles before we sit down to eat it. This system of feeding ourselves results in agriculture consuming 20% of the fossil fuel used in this country, equal to that of cars. Last year 21 million tons of fertilizer derived from fossil fuels were used in the U.S., over 2.1 million of it in Illinois. None of the alternative energy sources being explored from nuclear to wind power can fertilize our fields. With oil prices reaching record highs on a seemingly daily basis, we can no longer avoid the question of whether it is wise to continue to have our food market be deeply intertwined with the volatile and vulnerable energy market for much longer.

The use of the intense energy of fossil fuel has fed a society where 75% of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2015. We spend over 100 billion dollars a year to treat obesity related diseases, and our children are the fastest growing population developing health problems due to our food system. 12% of Americans are “food insecure” meaning they don’t know where the next meal will come from.

It is in this context that we understand the Food, Farms and Jobs Act as absolutely critical. We are thrilled to have two members of the task force Debbie Hillman and Jim Braun with us today to record our ideas and possible solutions and hand them over to State legislators with the goal to help build a local and organic food system in Illinois. Indeed, we can ill afford to continue to eat without holding our representatives responsible to help us reach the day we seek. Thank you for being here.

Food, Farms and Jobs. Three quotes from people who came before us, and then we can hear what the people of today have to say:

A Native American Proverb tells us:
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

Thomas Jefferson
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.

Benjamin Franklin
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war…this is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein a human being receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for ones innocent life and ones virtuous industry.

We can draw on insights from the past, but the way forward is not a return to yesterday. All eyes forward, using the knowledge and technology handed down, we can innovate today and create the future we seek.

Again thank you all for being here, and lets hear what you have to say….

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Cauliflower Soup

1 large onions chopped
6 large shallots
(roasted at 450 degrees in hot oven until golden and tender)
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 heaping Tablespoon of honey
1 large yukon gold potato
1 cup of dry sherry
2 heads of cauliflower chopped
1 bay leaf
1 pinch ground black pepper

1. Saute onions, shallots, garlic and honey.
2. Add Potatoes and deglaze with sherry.
3. Add Cauliflower,bay leaf, black pepper
and just enough water to cover. Cook until tender.
4. Puree and strain through chinoise
5. Season and serve!

Sweet Pea and Mint Soup

1 large spanish onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 pinch of thyme
1 Tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 small bay leaf

2 qt. shucked english/sweet peas

1. Saute onions, garlic,bay leaf and thyme until tender
2. Puree then add honey and black pepper then chill
3. Blanch Peas until tender(2-3 minutes) in boiling water
and shock in an ice bath
4. Remove the peas from the ice bath and puree them with
just enough water to puree smooth.
5. Strain through china cap and mix with the onion base.
6. Adjust consitancy with cold water.
7. Add bacon lardons for extra deliciousness!
Along with mint leaves

Spicy Miso Vegetable Soup

1/2 cup onion
1/4 cup carrot
1/4 cup celery
1/4 cup ginger
1/4 cup spring garlic
1/2 cup shitake mushrooms

1/4 cup snap peas sliced
1/4 cup snow peas sliced
1/4 cup english peas
1/4 cup chinese broccoli chopped
1 bunch baby bok choy seperated
1/2 cup diced tofu firm
1 cup dark miso paste (rice fermented)
6 cups water
1 Tablespoon sambal oelek
1/2 bunch cilantro

1. In a food processor mix until finely chopped onion, celery, carrot, ginger, garlic, and shitake mushrooms. Do Not Puree!
2. Saute mixture over medium heat with vegetable oil until liquid has cooked out and mixture is tender. About 20 minutes.
3. Add water and bring to a light simmer, Do not boil.
4. Add miso paste to a seperate bowl
5. Then ladle 2 cups of hot broth liquid into miso paste, whisk until dissolved.
6. Add miso mixture back into soup broth.
Never bring to a boil!
7. Add veggies and sambal, cook until veggies reach desired tenderness.
8. Add cilantro, serve and enjoy!

Chicken Mushroom with Cavolo Nero

1/2 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup sliced garlic
3 cups chopped cavolo nero
1 1/2 cup quartered crimini mushrooms
2 cups chopped chicken pre cooked
1 cup pedro ximinez sherry
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
7 sprigs of thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns

1. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.
2. Add Cavolo Nero, saute until tender.
3. Add sherry and reduce by half.
4. Add mushrooms, chicken stock and sachet
5. Cook until Cavolo Nero starts to break down and fall apart.
6. Add chicken and simmer for 10 min.
7. Adjust salt, serve and enjoy.

Asparagus Soup with Green Garlic and Spring Onions

1/2 cup minced Ginger
1 cup Spring Onions
1/4 cup chopped Garlic cloves
2 cups White Wine
1 cup Lima Beans cooked
2 cups chopped Asparagus
7 cups Vegetable Stock
1 Sachet of:
2 sprigs Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 Ancho Chili
1 Tablespoon Peppercorn

Finish with:
1 small bunch chopped Basil
1 small bunch chopped Mint

1. Saute the Ginger, Onions, Garlic until tender.
2. Add White Wine and reduce by half the amount.
3. Add Stock and Sachet bring to a light simmer
4. Add Asparagus and cooked Lima Beans bring back to a simmer.
5. Add Fresh Basil and Mint.
6. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe: Beef and Barley with Spring Vegetables

2c chopped onions
1/4c chopped garlic
1/2c sliced green garlic
1 heaping teaspoon tomato paste
2c red wine
2c hulled barley
4c diced beef (stew meat)
6c beef or chicken stock

1ea bay leaf
2sprigs thyme
1Tablespoon peppercorn
2sprigs parsley stems
salt and pepper

1. Sear meat on high heat and then remove the meat
from pan when barely cooked.
2. In the same pan, lower the heat and add the onions,
garlic and green garlic. Saute until light brown scraping the bottom
of the pan every time you stir.
3. Incorporate the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add red wine and reduce by 3/4 amount.
5. Add the stock, meat, sachet and barley and lightly
simmer until barley and meat are tender.
6. Season with Salt and Pepper and serve!

Recipe: Lentil with Baby Collard Greens and Spring Scallions

Baby Collards from Green Acres Farm in Indiana
Scallions from Nichols Farm in Illinois.

2 cups chopped onions
¼ cup garlic
1 cup carrots
3 cups green lentils
8 cups water
1 cup white wine
½ cup sherry

Sachet of:
1 Tablespoon Toasted fennel
1 Bay leaf
1 sprig Thyme
Chili Flakes

To taste:
Salt and 3 Tablespoons Sherry Vinegar

1 cup spring scallions
1 cup baby collard greens
(You can add more if you want a heartier soup)

1. Sweat out onions, garlic for 5 min on medium heat
2. Add carrots, white wine, and sherry. Then reduce by half.
3. Add lentils, sachet, stir and add water.
4. Keep on medium high heat, stir often so lentils don’t stick to bottom of pan.
5. Slice greens, scallions and collards and add 10 min before serving.
6. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe: Chicken Green Garlic Soup With Grilled Asperagus

2 large onions
6 cloves garlic
½ # green garlic bottoms sliced (reserve tops)
½ cup Maderia
8 cups chicken stock
4 cups cooked chicken pieces
1 cup grilled asparagus
1 cup sliced spinach
1 cup precooked white beans
1 sachet of thyme, crushed red pepper, black peppercorns, green garlic tops, bay leaf

1. Saute onions, garlic, and green garlic until tender.
2. Add Madeira and stir.
3. Then add chicken stock, cooked chicken pieces, the sachet, and white beans and bring to a simmer. Cook until flavors combine, add salt if needed.
4. To serve the soup, in a bowl add grilled asparagus and sliced spinach then ladle with a serving of soup.
5. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe: Carrot Soup

2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
2 Leeks chopped
1 cup Onion chopped
4 ea Cloves Garlic chopped
8 cups Carrots chopped
1 cup Dry Sherry
13 cups Water

Sachet of:
1 ea Ancho chili seeded
1 Tbsp Coriander
1 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp peppercorns
5 ea Parsley stems fresh
5 ea Thyme stems fresh
1 Bay Leaf dried

1. First sweat the leeks, onions and garlic over medium heat until translucent (approx 10 minutes).
2. Add carrots and sherry, reducing sherry by half.
3. Then add sachet and water then cook on medium heat. Simmer until carrots are tender or fall off a fork (approx 20 min).
4. Remove the sachet.
5. Blend the contents in a blender, then pour through a mesh strainer.
6. Check for final Seasoning and adjust if needed.
6. Serve and Enjoy