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Cold Green Pea and Mint Soup

1½ – 2 qts fresh shelling peas, yielding 1½ c peas (10-12 oz), reserving shells

1 large leek, cleaned, white and light green part finely chopped, reserving trimmings

Water [distilled, if you want to live]

½-1 tsp salt

1 c fresh mint leaves

Garnish: chopped scallions, reserved cooked peas, chives and mint leaves

Rinse the pea shells and leek trimmings and place them in a soup pot with water just to cover and add the salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Drain and discard the vegetables.

Simmer the leeks in a very small amount of broth until tender. Set aside to cool.

Prepare a pot full of ice water. Bring the broth to a boil and add the peas. As soon as they float and the liquid starts to boil, remove the peas to a colander and plunge it into the ice water to stop the peas from cooking.

Cool all of the ingredients. Puree the peas, with the broth, leek and mint, in a food processor until very smooth. Add a pinch of salt if needed. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, place a little chopped scallion and/or chives at the bottom of a bowl, spoon on the soup and garnish with mint leaves. Makes about 4 cups, serving 3-4 [or 1-6].
I stayed up all night watching movies. The only good one was The Company Men. The rest were big wastes of great actors... and needed a continuity professional seriously badly.

Hold on world. We're coming.
As we reflect upon John F. Kennedy's definition of an America of time past (real or just wished for), we must ask ourselves if we really want to live in a shadow world that grows darker by the day, or if we are courageous enough to turn on the lights and wake from up from this nightmare.
Aren't we?