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Oyster, Brie & Champagne Soup

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Ingredients

3 dozen small to medium oysters in their liquor, about 18 ounces
4 cups cold water
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped onions
1/2 cup coarsely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne red pepper
1 pound fresh brie cheese, cut in small wedges, with rind on
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup champagne

Instructions

Combine oysters and water; stir and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Strain and reserve the oysters and oyster water; refrigerate until ready to use. In a large skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour and beat with a metal whisk until smooth. Add the onions and celery and saute about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peppers and salt and saute about 2 minutes more. Set aside. In a 4-quart saucepan, bring the oyster water to a boil Stir in the sauteed vegetable mixture until well mixed. Correct seasonings if necessary. Turn heat to high. Add cheese; cook until cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, strain soup and return to pot. Turn heat to high and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the cream; cook until close to a boil, about 2 minutes. Stir in champagne. Turn off heat and add the oysters. Let pan sit about 3 minutes to plump the oysters. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

John Decker and Herb Huff of All Kinds of People Restaurant, 1806 2nd Ave., Rock Island



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1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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