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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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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