autumn alphabet: e is for eating soup

I would be most content to eat a bowl of soup everyday of my life. I love soup that much. But, the arrival of Fall and its cool days just makes soup-eating all the more delightful.

When it comes to actually making soups, however, I don’t have the best track record. I have been known to make a decent bowl of chili, and I can usually hold my own in the kitchen, but I have several tales of woe when it comes to soup.

Soup Tale # 1- I adore pumpkin soup, but have found (much to my dismay) that few of my loved ones hold the same high esteem for my spicy, seasonal creation. I’ve made it on two different occasions with hopes to impress, and neither time produced the desired results. Both times, half-eaten bowls were left sadly on the table.

I haven’t made pumpkin soup since…

Soup Tale # 2 - One day while sitting in the doctor’s office perusing a magazine, I came across an easy and delicious-sounding recipe for tortilla soup. The ingredients were simple, and I was certain I could replicate the steaming bowlful displayed on the glossy pages. A week or two later, I set out to the grocery store. Tortilla soup was my mission. There was no problem with any of the ingredients except for the green salsa. The only green salsa in the entire store was labeled as spicy. Because there was no time for a second grocery stop, I made the decision to buy the spicy version. “How bad could it be?” I thought. Back home, I quickly whipped up the simple recipe, enjoying the Mexican aroma and awaiting the dinner to come.

However, after one bite of the soup, it became clear that the label had meant what it said. Now, you have to understand that Dan and I are not scared of a little spice. In fact, Dan has been known to (quite regularly) consume spoonfuls of Frank’s Red Hot…straight up. But, this soup hit a new level of spiciness…even for Dan. After adding several dollops of sour cream, I was able to consume the whole bowl, but the fiery concoction has become legendary in our house. Almost every spicy food we’ve eaten since has been weighed against the hotness of that crazy tortilla soup.

Despite my failed attempts at good soup-making, I still adore soup. And, I am feeling ready to try my hand at it again. I stumbled upon a lentil soup recipe the other day. I figure that as long as it contains no pumpkin or salsa, it should be smooth sailing.


Erik said…
What sort of spices did you use in the pumpkin soup? I have recently found curry to be the most amazing match, completely different from the standard "pie" spices that are usually called for.
Alyssa said…
I think E for Eating in general is also appropriate. People seem to eat more at this time of the year than any other. I actually read your title that way at fisrt. "E is for Eating." I laughed, then realized you were talking about soup. I agree, by the way. Hot food now is better than cold food. But yeah, there's apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, SOUP, apple crisp, apple everything actually, and of course, Thanksgiving food!
Just this evening, I acquired a new recipe for a pumpkin soup using curry. So, now I definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion, Erik. I believe that I had been using the typical pie spices. Perhaps there are pumpkin soup days ahead!
Mandi said…
this post made me laugh outloud, just thinking of you and dan eating this and seeing dan's face react to the spice. i can just picture it. too funny. i can't believe i have missed so many recent posts! these are great heath! :) you amaze me.
Ray said…
No Fail Potato Corn Chowder

3 cups corn kernels, frozen or canned ok. (if frozen, thaw first)
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 medium onions diced
4 medium potatoes peeled & diced
2 cups chicken broth (canned ok)
2 cups cream
1 cup canned green chilies chopped (MILD)..found in the mexican food section of grocery store (can be omitted)

Reserve one cup of corn. Puree the other 2 cups in a blender. Saute onions in butter til soft (but not brown). stir in the corn puree, the whole kernels, potatoes and broth. Bring to boil then simmer til potatoes a soft. Add chilis, cream, salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer to reduce a little. Enjoy!

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