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Simple Carrot Soup

carrot soup

Simple Carrot Soup

Native to Iran and Afghanistan, carrots have been cultivated since antiquity. Throughout the Middle Ages, carrots were produced in a variety of colors, including purple, black, white, green, yellow and red. The first recorded cultivation of an orange carrot did not occur until the 16th century in the Netherlands – the orange color was made popular as an emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence.

After looking at art from the Dutch Golden Age at LACMA with a group of kids over the weekend, we prepared this simple carrot soup along with Gouda grilled cheese and lemon cake with macerated strawberries. I wish I had leftovers.

8 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
zest of one lemon
1 ½ cup milk
juice of half a lemon, optional
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
fresh herbs for garnish (thyme, basil, tarragon or chives)

Peel and slice the carrots. Set aside. Dice the shallot, chop the garlic and place in a separate bowl.

Heat the butter in a large pot set over medium-low heat. When the butter melts add the shallot and garlic and stir until the shallot softens. Add the carrot and lemon zest and stir for about one minute. Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat.

Blend the carrots until smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender. Add the milk and, if you’d like, the juice of half a lemon. Stir to combine. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.

Reheat soup, add more chicken broth if it is too thick. Serve garnished with fresh herbs.

Serves 6

Cur-ATE: Chagall and the Arts

chagall exhibit lacma

Cur-ATE: Chagall and the Arts

Tuesday 11/14 at 6:30pm


Celebrates the power of music and the visual and performing arts in an after hours tour of the special exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage with Maite  before enjoying Russian-French feast at Ray’s & Stark Bar by Chef Fernando Darin.

Wine, beer, and specialty cocktails will be available for an additional cost.

registration info to follow


image: Marc Chagall, backdrop design for Aleko: “A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon” (Scene III), 1942, Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1945, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Image © The Museum of Modern Art/licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY

Cur-ATE: The Japanese Aesthetic

japanese food vessel

Cur-ATE: The Japanese Aesthetic

Tuesday 9/19 at 6:30


Participate in an engaging discussion about Japan’s deep respect for – and appreciation of – nature in LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion in an after hours tours with Maite. Discuss the history of tea and the tea ceremony, rice, sake, and more, before enjoying a four-course sit down meal by Chef Fernando Darin at Ray’s & Stark Bar.

Wine, beer and specialty cocktails will be available for an additional cost.

First Course
Kusshi Oyster, Soy Tapioca, Shiso Foam

Second Course
Yellowtail Sashimi, Warm Bamboo Rice, Yuzu Kosho

Beef Short Rib, Beef Tendon, Mushroom Dashi, Shishito Pepper, Yolk Noodle

Green Tea Cake, Yuzu Sorbet, Caramel, Apple



image: Set of Five Food Vessels for the Tea Ceremony, Japan, Momoyama period (1573-1615), Ceramics, Oribe ware; glazed stoneware, LACMA

Color! – just for kids


Color! – just for kids

Sunday 12/3 from 10:30am to 1:30pm


Celebrate the holidays exploring color in art before heading to the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen, a 3-minute drive from the museum, to prepare a festive and colorful meal that recreates the art viewed.

Ages 7 to 12. Class is limited to 6 children and one accompanying adult per child. No drop off.

($80 includes museum admission for the child and accompanying adult, tour, ingredients and recipes. Museum parking is not included.)

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

register here

image:  White Center, Mark Rothko, 1957, oil on canvas, LACMA