Soup, Glorious Soup!

I love soup.  I know I’ve mentioned this before–like every January, but January seems to be a good time for soup.  At least in the Northern Hemisphere.  Of course, I’m one of those weird-can-eat-soup-any-day-of-the-year people so I don’t necessarily need cold weather to indulge, just a spoon.  This is very handy when one is experiencing an unseasonably warm “winter” in NYC and one loves soup so much.

The other day I had some amazing wonton soup from Ginger’s in Midtown (for anyone in, around or visiting NYC).  It was so delicious.  The broth was seasoned perfectly and adorned not only with wontons so fresh they were practically falling apart, but also spinach which added an extra layer of goodness.  The irony of it all, is that I rarely get wonton soup–I almost always get egg drop but on a whim I went with the wonton and here I am at 7:30am wondering what time Ginger’s opens and if I can work it into today’s schedule.  Now, if that doesn’t speak volumes as to how good this soup is, nothing but tasting it will!

It did remind me that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about soup.  In looking back at some older posts, I realized that I owe you an up date on my Kaliflower Soup, which I am determined to get juuuuuust right and I think I may have finally solved the “too much” kale debacle (hint: baby kale!).  There is another soup from a health store on the Upper East Side that I’d also like to try my hand at: it’s a veggie soup with yellow lentils, so it has a creamy rather than brothy base that accompanies most veggie soups.  The result is an extra-hearty veggie soup that could easily be a meal all on its own!  I also promised April an actual Roasted Asparagus soup recipe other than Jaime’s vague instructions…

I guess I need to get cooking!

But before I go, I thought I’d leave you with some links to earlier soup posts, in case you’re in the mood to do a bit of cooking on your own and needed some inspiration (and before you argue, stew is a soup and who cares what you call it, it has Guinness so just try not to shovel it in too fast and burn your mouth!):

Bon appetito!

shiner soup

Soup is Simple, Stupid…

Before you yell at me, the title was a quote from a chef at a wine bistro at which I used to work. The chef had a way with food and was the polar opposite with people.  Definitely a bear of a man.  He always only ever wore a black t-shirt, cargo shorts, and vans.  But man, could he create.  I once ate his chicken truffle lasagna every single night for a month.  My eyes still roll back in my head thinking about it…

BUT! that’s not why we’re here (and he never shared that recipe…dammit! probably out of fear that I’d turn into a chicken truffle lasagna!)…we’re here for soup.  Jaime made the best soups–his piece de resistance on his soup line-up was definitely his asparagus soup.

soup is simple, stupid.  you season and roast your vegetables, you put them in stock, puree, add cream and more seasoning and done.  even you should be able to handle that.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Jaime.  I went home and tried it and, holy crap, who knew  roasting could make it that much more amazing!!!!!!!!!!

I have always been a lover of soups.  They’re warm and hearty and can be very healthy (unless you add 1lb of velveeta, in which case they’re UBER DELICIOUSLY CHEESY!).  Plus they’re great for clearing out whatever vegetables that need to be eaten!

Here are two of my favorites that I’ve written about so far (yeah, TOTALLY cheating here, but they’re great–so definitely worth a revisit!)

  • Guinness Stew (soups/stews…same thing…ish…it’s good, just try it!)
  • Tortilla Soup (and in revisiting this post, I realized that I’ve already told you that I’m a lover of soups, but eh well…)

So, let’s hear it from you: what’s your favorite soup?  Mine?  Hard call because it’s like having to pick a favorite child.  Okay, maybe not that hard.  Then again…

Probably if I have to narrow it to only one, I’d pick Tortilla Soup (but pumpkin and veggie soups are right up there!!).  One type I’m not a fan of?  Gazpacho.  Weird, I know.  But cold soups just don’t do it for me.  They’re just too cold and uncaring (in my humble opinion–I’m sorry if I just stepped on your gazpacho loving toes!).

Although Jaime did make a cantaloupe soup once…