A friend of a friend, Mike Dupuis, has a really neat Mac application called Mac Gourmet. Its basically a recipe manager, along the lines of the popular iLife apps. What's really neat is the blog that is updated often with lots of very fun looking recipes. I'm especially intrigued by:
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Canola oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots
1 English cucumber, unpeeled and sliced
3 cups chicken broth
2 avocados, pitted, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
In small bowl, combine onion, vinegar, sugar and salt. Let stand while preparing soup. In large sauce pan with Canola oil, saute shallots until translucent. Add cucumber and broth. Simmer 15 minutes until cucumber is tender. Add avocados and lemon juice. Remove from heat and puree in batches in blender. In clean pot, heat thoroughly and season to taste. Top each serving with pickled onions. Makes 4 servings.
I would replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, of course, but it still sounds extremely yummy. They have some handy links that import these recipes directly into MacGourmet. Someday, I hope I can find this extremely useful.
Updated 9/24/2004: Okay, I tried this last night, and something is WAY WAY off. I doubled the recipe, so I was using an entire cup of lemon juice. Let me tell you, this was lemon soup with a little bit of cucumber and avocado. I'm thinking if I try it again, it'd be maybe 1 lemon, squeezed. 2 at most. Ugh. Oh well, maybe next time.