Oyster And Artichoke Soup

Course : Artichokes
Serves: 8
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1/2 cup butter
2 bunches green onions -- chopped
3 ribs celery -- chopped
3 cloves garlic -- pressed
1 3/4 pounds fresh cut baby artichokes or hearts or
20 ounces frozen artichoke hearts defrosted and quartered or canned
3 tablespoons flour
1 quart homemade chicken stock -- (up to 1-1/2)
1 teaspoon Cayenne to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 quart oysters -- drained and chopped -- (reserve liquor)
1/3 cup sherry
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup milk

Preparation / Directions:

In a heavy 4-quart pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add the green onion, celery, and garlic and saute' until soft. Add the artichokes. Sprinkle the mixture with the flour and stir to coat the vegetables well, but do not let the flour brown. Gradually add the stock, stirring constantly. Add the cayenne, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Simmer the mixture, covered, for 1 hour. Add the oysters, oyster liquor, and sherry and simmer for 10 minutes. Do not allow the soup to boil. Stir in the cream and milk. Cool and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Before serving, heat the soup slowly over low hea

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