RECIPE: Chilled Vegetable Gazpacho

05/02/2014 at 04:26 PM ET

Aaron Rodgers Beer Cheese Soup
Peter Frank Edwards 

Chef Katie Button
Asheville, NC

Chilled Vegetable Gazpacho
Makes 6 servings

1 cucumber, peeled
2.5 cups chopped tomatoes
2 small cloves of garlic
1 green bell pepper, seeded
⅓ cup firmly packed cubed white bread such as baguette, crust removed
2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
¼ cup sherry wine
1 cup water
½ cup olive oil
Salt to taste

1. In a food processor or blender, combine half of the cucumber, tomatoes, green bell pepper, bread, sherry vinegar, sherry wine, garlic, and water and blend in batches until smooth, drizzling in some of the olive oil a little bit at a time to create an emulsion.

2. When thoroughly blended, pass through a fine mesh strainer, and salt to taste. Set aside in refrigerator to chill thoroughly.

3. Pour chilled soup into bowls and garnish with a very small quantity of chopped cucumber, green pepper, tomato, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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