posted on Apr, 16 2016 @ 02:18 PM
I don't know what it is, but ever since I can remember I've just LOVED soup!!
I love to eat it, I love to make it, I love it at the restaurant (even though I know it's a good way to get rid of leftover and dated stuff). I love
meaty soup, I love chowder, I love stew, bisque is a bit of a muse, but I like it too. I love hot soups, I love most cold soups (gazpacho in
particular) and I even love to use soup for cooking. I just love everything about soup.
I don't know why I'm such a soup nut, I don't eat it every day, but when I do I'm happy. I'm not much of a 'gut' guy, so I don't like soups
with what I consider to be offal in them (i.e. brains, liver, kidneys, stomachs, intestines, etc.), but I don't eat those things in food other than
soup either. I don't really consider tongue or tail as offal so...in the pot it goes!
I love the concept of what I call "whatchagot". Some of the best soups I've ever made were 'Whatchagot' soups. Take a left over chicken
carcass, some spinach you had for salad, the rest of that onion, that one lone sausage in the frig, maybe a can of white beans then add in some salt
and pepper...voila' SOUP! The possibilities for delicious soup are endless. Not all my soups are 'whatchagot' style and many come from recipes,
but even then I can tell a little twist I'd like to make.
Yes, I love to cook also (being married to a graduate Chef doesn't hurt either), and I don't always make soup (seldom actually), but I always love
it when I do. Prior to meeting my wife I was an amateur collector of cookbooks (among other things). I have an entire wall of cookbooks in the
library, inside them probably more recipes for soup than I could even count. And even though I love to cook, grill, smoke, (baking not so much) and
of course EAT, I find that cooking soup is one of the more satisfying elements of cooking. I think it has something to do with the whole
I love the prep for soup, I love that it takes a while to cook and become "soup", the smell of it cooking, how the flavors all blend together, but
you can taste each ingredient. I find it immensely interesting how very subtle ingredient changes can change the whole character of a soup. I also
love that you can experience the whole development and maturing of the flavors by smell as the soup cooks. I love the colors, the experience of
eating soup and how soup just seems to make all the accompaniments taste better.
It's hard for me to imagine a better smell than coming into the house from outside on a cold fall day and having the smell of that big pot of soup
you put on earlier hit you. MMMMMmmmmmmm!
How many here love soup??
P.S. Maybe I'll go have some soup! Let's see what have we got? A little bit of wild rice, some chicken, some corn, some white rice....yep Chicken
& Rice soup sounds pretty darn good!