Weeknight Cooking

Dinner Tonight: Mint Limeade + Creamy Spring Turnip Soup

March 18, 2013

Can it just be spring already? All over the country we've had glimpses of it, but in New York we just got yet another dose of winter. Whatever the weather is like where you are, we're officially closer to April than February, there's a little mint popping up in our gardens, and the days are gloriously longer.

In light of that, we've decided to just call it. Springtime is here! If the view out your window begs to differ, whip up some mint limeade and dream of warmer days. They'll come soon, we're sure of it. 

The Menu

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Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

Mint Limeade by vvvanessa

Creamy Spring Turnip Soup with Wilted Radish Greens and Bacon by sdebrango

The Grocery List 

Serves 4 (generously)

4 limes
3 young turnips
Young leeks
Greens from a head of radishes
Heavy cream
Fresh mint leaves
Club soda

We are trusting you, as a super savvy home cook, to have salt, pepper, olive oil, broth (chicken or vegetable), and sugar around the house. If you don't, you'll be needing those, too!

The Plan

1. Make the mint syrup for the limeade first, because it's best if it has time to cool entirely before you mix up the sodas. Also it's extremely easy and takes all of two minutes.

2. Onto the soup! Chop everything, and use sdebrango/amanda's method for sifting all the grit from the leeks. 

3. Simmer turnips, leeks, and broth for 30 minutes or so.

4. While they're simmering away, prep the radish greens and bacon. 

5. Is the mint syrup cool? Whip up a soda! 

6. Serve the soup, topped with greens and bacon, alongside a refreshing glass of mint/lime-y goodness! Dream of sunny days ahead. 


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Miranda Rake

Written by: Miranda Rake

Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.