Mushroom “Cappuccino” Soup

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on December 9, 2010

I am honored to be partnering with Share Our Strength in their “Share Our Holiday Table”  progressive dinner party event to raise awareness and funds for “Share Our Strength”, an organization devoted to eliminating childhood hunger in the U.S.

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Decorations, lights, music.  The hallmarks of this season,  they represent the joy and wonderment of the  miracles we celebrate at this time of year.  As adults, our joy and wonderment no longer come from what is under the tree or the menorah for us, but from what we have placed under that tree or menorah for others. Our joy comes from the act of giving.

We choose gifts that we hope will  create that  sense of wonder and breathless anticipation we knew as  children. One way we do it is through food -whether we are preparing  rich and indulgent dishes, an old family recipe  or  beautifully decorated desserts we make dishes that both surprise and delight,  that elicit those much sought after “oohs and ahhs”. This soup is such a dish. Ladled into a cappuccino cup or a mug and topped with foam and a little unsweetened cocoa it is a whimsical and surprising starter that will have everyone guessing – is it dinner or is it dessert?

But I have another gift idea  for recapturing that sense of wonder and breathless anticipation. It’s easy to find and doesn’t even require a bow.  So what is it? It’s a donation to Share our Strength. Sadly, many families at this time of year can’t afford to provide basic food for their families, let alone those foods that are part of the joy and wonderment of the holidays. A donation to Share Our Strength is a heartfelt way to give a gift of joy and wonderment to those children  – but also  to yourself and to those you love. To make a donation, all you have to do is click on the “Share Our Strength” button on my website.

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Paul jennette December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Wow I would have never guessed that these flavors good together. I LOVE all soups with mushrooms – I will have to give this a try.
P.S. I’m holding a Holiday GIVEAWAY on my blog!!


Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle December 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I trust you; I’ve made beef dishes with cocoa, why not mushrooms I say! Love the presentation too, can’t wait to try this. I’m a mushroomaholic.


Nancy December 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Hey if it’s good enough for mole, it’s good enough for mushrooms!! The best part is seeing people’s reactions when I bring it to the table… so NOT what they are expecting!!


diane and todd December 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

wow, this looks so amazing and unique!! gotta try this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


Nancy December 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Definitely a little different… so much fun to bring to the table and see people’s reactions!!!


lisaiscooking December 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

The foam on the soup is so pretty, and the mushrooms sound delicious! I’m intrigued by the cocoa. I have to try it!


Nancy December 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Believe it or not, it does work and it’s so much fun to see people’s reactions when you bring the soup to the table!!


Daydreamer Desserts December 10, 2010 at 4:29 am

Love it! Dinner and dessert in one! ;)


Nancy December 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

And after the holidays I think I am going to have to start combining those two!!


Mary Ann December 10, 2010 at 6:17 am

Nancy: you have such inspirational flavor combos.
Mary Ann


Nancy December 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Thanks… although there is a fine line between inspiration and insanity!! LOL!!


Lentil Breakdown December 12, 2010 at 4:00 am

I love the clever concept of this and am wild about mushrooms! I can tell from reading the ingredients it sounds (and looks) like a winner!


Nancy December 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Thanks Adair! I developed it for a client who is a vegetarian and was hosting a 6 course dinner. She loves clever presentations and so developing menus for her is always a fun challenge!!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Brilliant! I would never have thought of it – but can totally taste this lovely combination of meaty wild mushrooms topped with foam + cocoa. Thanks for sharing, Nancy. Beautiful post, too – I have the Share our Strength badge on my website, too and will urge readers to do the same.


Nancy December 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Thanks Priscilla – it was easy to write since it’s an issue that is near and dear to my heart. This is a fun soup to serve.. it always throws people a little off!!


Rich December 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm

That is some sort of crazy awesome idea, Nancy! I would like a bowl of that riiiiight now. Thank you. I think Fedex charges extra for shipping hot soup. I’ll pick up the tab.


Nancy December 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hmm… have friend who works for UPS.. wonder if he could get us a deal!!!
I know, the soup idea is a little crazy but it works. Developed this for a client a couple of years ago and her guests loved it – the surprise factor was a lot of fun!!!


Peter December 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

I had this same idea a few years back when I opened up a big bag of good dried shiitake that I bought in Chinatown and the smell was incredibly chocolatey. The first thing I thought of was coffee, and the result was a lot like that picture up there. How did you get the idea?


Nancy December 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

To be honest, I am not sure. I’d been working on some cookies (made with cocoa powder) and the smell hit me as being rather earthy. Was working on a vegetarian menu for a client and knew I wanted to do a mushroom soup so I thought “hmm.. wonder if these would go together” and sure enough, they did!!


Kim December 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Kudos to you for participating in SOS. We’ve been baking and donating all year long. :-) As for the mushroom soup, it looks fantastic as well. Bookmarking this one for later use. I’ll have to trust you on the cocoa powder!



Nancy December 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Yeah, the cocoa powder is a bit unusual but it really does work – there isn’t much of it so it’s just a little hit and doesn’t overpower the mushrooms at all. Fun presentation and a definite conversations starter!!


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