The next recipe in the lineup from our week-long celebration of Rick Bayless is a wonderful, creamy corn soup. In the recipe, Bayless says that you can use either chicken or ham and ham just seemed like an obvious choice to me. Of course chicken would work wonderfully, but I really liked the idea of some yummy, well-seasoned ham with the mellower corn flavor.
My favorite part of this soup, however, is not the ham, it’s the poblano chile. It gives the soup a lovely mild spice that hits at the back of your tongue. You roast the chile first, giving it a smoky kick. Spice-phobes need not be afraid – it has a very mild kick.
Ok, I promised you something healthy after all those cookies and here it is. Believe me, it’s worth the wait. I found out about this recipe from my friend, Anne, who is an incredible cook. After every amazing meal that she cooks everyone oohs and aahs over her creations and she always, always responds by saying, “Oh, it’s so easy.” This is generally met with wide eyes because it’s often clear that it’s certainly not easy by most people’s standards. This soup is an exception. It is in fact very easy and it’s very delicious and it has quickly become one of our go-to recipes for when we don’t know what else to make. It’s easy, it’s healthy, the ingredients keep well for a while, and you can even make it ahead of time, which is just what we did the other night when my sister was coming into town.
It’s a good thing we did, because her flight got in an hour late and we were getting pretty hungry by the time we got home from picking her up. But luckily we had made this soup the night before and Joseph had set the bread maker earlier in the day. We came home to a house filled with the scent of fresh baked bread and all we had to do was throw the soup in a pot to heat up, slice the warm bread, and pour a nice Albariño. It is the perfect remedy to a cold Boston night! Continue reading
Like I’ve said before, I think cauliflower gets a bad rap but it can be quite deliscious when prepared well. I was excited to see a cauliflower soup recipe in Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food because soup weather is in full swing and how can you go wrong with Alice?
For the first few years of our relationship, Joseph wasn’t really into soups. He was fine with it as an appetizer before dinner, but it was never really enough for him as a meal on its own. Or so he thought. Something has changed this fall and we’ve been making a lot of soups and Joseph’s getting pretty into it. Which makes me happy because I love a simple dinner of soup and fresh baked bread and it’s even better when they’re so easy to make, like this one. Continue reading
Ok, so I know how long it’s been since my last post. Don’t worry, I have been eating, I’ve just been out of town a lot (including an amazing food and wine festival in Disney World!) and have been really busy. But I do have some great things to share with you (just wait for the chicken meatballs!), including this butternut squash soup.
I don’t know if there’s a more quintessentially fall soup than butternut squash soup. Unless maybe you make pumpkin soup…. I used to get a curried pumpkin soup with apples from the Whole Foods in DC that I loved. It was so warm and spicy and the apples gave it a wonderful tartness that sent it over the edge. So this fall I was hoping to find a similar recipe, but for butternut squash soup. I didn’t quite, but I found this recipe from Emeril Legasse that was so easy, I had to try it. It may not have the apples, but it’s really good, and like I said, very easy. Continue reading