Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Carrot Soup

Tonight at sundown, Rosh Hashana begins. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, and the first of the two High Holy days. There are many food traditions associated with this holiday, including the eating of round Challah, to symbolize a smooth new year, and eating apples and honey for sweetness. Here is a recipe for Carrot Soup to help you usher in the year 5765. L'Shana Tova!

6 tablespoons oil
1 cup thinly sliced leeks (white parts only)
8 cups (or more) chicken or vegetable stock
4 cups thinly sliced peeled carrots
1 16-ounce can canellini beans, drained
2 cups coarsely chopped peeled pear
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or dried rosemary

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the stock, carrots, beans and pear and bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

Purée soup in 2 batches in blender until smooth. Return to saucepan; mix in the rosemary.

Season soup with salt and pepper.

Serves eight

Martha Stewart said today she has decided to surrender for prison
as soon as possible, citing the need to ``put this nightmare behind me and get on with my life.''
The businesswoman was sentenced in July to five months in prison and five months of house

arrest after she was convicted of lying about a stock sale. The 63-year-old Stewart will do five
months in a federal prison -- likely getting out early next year -- followed by five months of house arrest.
``I must reclaim my good life,'' she said.
She ended her 10-minute appearance with a joke, saying she was walking through Manhattan

when a man spotted her and said, ``Oh, she's out already.''``I hope that my time goes as fast
as that,'' said Stewart, who grew weepy at the end. ``I'll see you next year.'' --

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