Saturday, September 24, 2011

Foods of Virgo

Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac. It is ruled by Mercury and is considered a passive, introvert (feminine) sign. Virgos can be modest, practical, diligent and intelligent. They can also be fussy, overcritical, and harsh.

Virgo foods include almond, barley, beans, celery, chicory, dill, endive, fennel, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, oats, parsley, pomegranate, and rye.

Chicory and White Bean Soup

• 2 medium onions, chopped
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 5 garlic cloves, smashed
• 2-3 ribs celery, sliced
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
• 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth (40 fluid ounces)
• 1 head chicory (1 pound), torn into 2-inch pieces (16 cups)
• 1 (16- to 19-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained

• Accompaniment: grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; extra-virgin olive oil

Cook onions in oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.

Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Stir in chicory and beans, then simmer, uncovered, until chicory is tender, about 15 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups of soup to a blender and purée until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), then stir into remaining soup to thicken. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with cheese and drizzled with oil.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicory-and-White-Bean-Soup-108876#ixzz1YuLjjokP

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