With the dicey Chicago weather, it is hard to decide when the food seasons really change. If you are like me, you enjoy lots of hearty soups and comfort foods in the colder months and crave cool, crisp salads with the heat of summer. This year, I feel like the Bun and I made a lot more soups than in previous years, partly due to the fact that, with the economy being in the toilet, we’ve tried to be a little more frugal and eat out less often. We ran the gamut of recipes, from new vegetarian options to updated, meat-rich classics. Some that stick out in my mind include Cream of Asparagus Soup (garnished with a dollop of crème fraiche), Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Soup, and Old-Fashioned Ham and Bean Soup, which I updated a little by switching the white beans with black-eyed peas, and with the addition of greens and some hot sauce. If anyone is interested in these recipes, please let me know and I’ll put them on the recipe page.
Part of what I like about soup season is that there isn’t much (besides a cup of coffee) that makes me feel as immediately warmed as a nice, big bowl of soup. As a kid, my mom rarely made soup from scratch, so I had almost no idea how simple it was to make soup. One of her recipes that sticks out in my mind was the annual post-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup she made, complete with fresh, homemade noodles. Because that soup was so labor-intensive, I think that I was under the impression that all soups took hours and hours to make. Regardless of whether soup came out of a big pot or out of a can, I loved it, and still do.
I assume that the soup-eating crowd has a list of favorites that they make on a regular basis, and that goes double for me. In addition to those I list in the text above, here is part of the ever-growing list of soups the Bun and I make:
Lentil Soup (veggie and meaty both)
Green Chicken Pozole
Chicken Noodle Soup
Creamy Tomato Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup
If any of these recipes appeal to people, I’ll gladly post them, which pictures, if possible. Just let me know! Here is the Split Pea Soup recipe.
With any luck, we won’t be making many more soups for a while – the rumor is that summer is visiting Chicago this weekend, so we’ll be heading into the salad days before you know it. If anyone has a suggestion for a nice rosé or Sauvignon Blanc, post away!