The sweet core of the cauliflower can also be eaten. The last of the summer corn is in stores now; roasting the corn brings out its sweetness.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Make a bouquet garni by wrapping the bay leaves and the thyme sprigs in a piece of cheesecloth. Set aside. Place the kernels from 1 ear of corn in a baking pan, and roast until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.

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  • Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, and onion. Cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, and continue to cook until mushrooms begin to soften, about 4 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.

  • Add unroasted corn kernels, cauliflower florets, cauliflower core, chicken stock, and bouquet garni to pan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender and cauliflower core is cooked through, about 25 minutes.

  • Remove bouquet garni, and discard. Working in batches, puree the soup in the bowl of a food processor until smooth, returning pureed soup to a clean 4-quart saucepan. Heat soup over medium-low heat. Stir in the reserved mushrooms, roasted corn, and cayenne; salt to taste. If soup is too thick, stir in a few tablespoons of water. Heat, and serve immediately.

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