Beautifully Broken Bisque from Host a 'True Blood' Bash in Honor of Halloween Slideshow

Host a 'True Blood' Bash in Honor of Halloween Slideshow

Alex Farnum
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Beautifully Broken Bisque

"I may be the oldest vampire walking the earth, but when my one love, Talbot, was alive, he was the master of our house. What care he poured into our collection of Celtic, Norse, and German antiques. He even found those stunning silver doors from the estate of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, Hungary’s most famous serial killer. He loved telling guests the story of how she bathed in the blood of virgins. In addition to keeping such a beautiful home, he created the most legendary dinner parties. I ache for Talbot whenever I think of his warm bisque garnished with a flourish of English rose petals." — Russell Edgington

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced yellow onion
3 or 4 medium beets peeled, trimmed, diced (about 4 cups)
½ cup chopped carrots
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
sour cream for serving (optional)

Serve warm, garnishing each bowl with a spoonful of sour cream, if you wish.