Staying warm on cool days can be duck soup

Published January 11, 2006

Ronald Wicinski wanted a recipe for Polish duck soup. Patricia Pomianowski, Wende Giovannoni and Eunice Woodhull share the recipe also known as czarnina.

The recipe comes from the Culinary Arts Institute Polish Cookbook and calls for a quart of duck blood, which you'll have to order from a meat market.

Wilma Keefer responds to Losa Bonelli's request for broccoli cheese soup and, as a bonus, also passes along one of her favorite recipes for salsa. She says it's great for a Super Bowl party.

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For: Ronald Wicinski of St. Pete Beach

From: Patricia Pomianowski of Largo, Wende Giovannoni of Spring Hill and Eunice Woodhull of New Port Richey

Recipe: Duck Soup (Czarnina)

Duck Soup (Czarnina)

1 duck (51/2 to 61/2 pounds), cut up

1 quart duck, goose or pork blood

1 1/2 pounds pork loin back ribs

2 quarts water

2 teaspoons salt

1 stalk celery

1 sprig parsley

5 whole allspice

2 whole cloves

1 pound dried prunes, pitted

1/2 cup raisins

1 small tart apple, chopped (optional)

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup whipping cream or dairy sour cream

Salt, pepper, lemon juice or vinegar

Purchase duck and blood from meat market. The blood will contain vinegar. (If preparing your own poultry, put 1/2 cup vinegar into glass bowl with blood to prevent coagulation. Set aside.)

Cover duck and back ribs with water in a large kettle. Add salt. Bring to a boil. Skim off foam.

Put celery, parsley, allspice and cloves into cheesecloth bag and add to soup. Cover and cook over low heat until meat is tender, about 11/2 hours.

Remove spice bag from kettle. Discard bones, cut up meat. Return meat to soup. Add prunes, raisins and apple, if using; mix. Cook 30 minutes.

With beater, cream flour and sugar until smooth. Then add blood mixture, a little at a time, continuing to beat.

Add about 1/2 cup hot soup stock to blood mixture, blending thoroughly. Pour mixture slowly into the soup, stirring constantly until soup comes just to boiling.

Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon juice or vinegar. Serve with homemade noodles, if desired.

Makes 2 1/2 quarts.

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For: Lisa Bonelli of Palm Harbor

From: Wilma Keefer of Brooksville

Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup from the Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Ohio

Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

6 cups water

6 chicken bouillon cubes

2 8-ounce packages chopped broccoli

1 package 8-ounce thin noodles

1 1/2 to 2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed

6 cups milk

Garlic salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Saute celery and onion in butter. Add water and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil and add broccoli and noodles. Cook 10 to 15 minutes. Add cheese. Stir frequently until melted, then add milk. Season with a touch of garlic salt. Add salt and pepper to taste. It's best when simmered up to 2 hours. Freezes well.

Makes a little more than 4 quarts.

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From: Wilma Keefer of Brooksville

Recipe: Brenda's Salsa

Brenda's Salsa

12 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 green peppers, chopped

8 hot peppers, chopped

4 Jalapeno peppers, chopped

3 cups chopped onions

3 tablespoons salt

12 garlic cloves

1 cup apple cider vinegar

4 teaspoons sugar

1 cilantro stem, chopped

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Simmer until heated through. Use, or preserve in jars. To can: Boil jars, rings and lids. Cook salsa well and pour into jars and seal.

Recipe request

Florence King is looking for two recipes.

One, is for Swiss Ginger Cake made with crystallized ginger. Florence saw it in a magazine not long ago. The second is for gingerbread.

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