Today’s 10 on Tuesday topic is perfect for a cold (or cold-ish) winter’s day: favorite soups. It’s also perfect for me, because I love soup – whether it’s homemade or from a restaurant… or occasionally, a can.
1. Potato/Bacon Chowder – This is one of two recipes the cook at Eamonn’s shared with me before I moved away. The proportions he gave me were – literally – enough to fill the five-gallon bucket he made for the restaurant, so it took a while to tweak it down to a more home-friendly version, but it is one of my favorite wintertime comfort foods.
2. Black Bean – This is one of those foods I just pull together out of whatever is around, so sometimes it’s vegetarian, other times ham-a-licious, but it’s tasty either way.
3. Tomato – My all-time favorite is from Luna Grill by my office, and is best experienced with their equally fab grilled cheese sandwich.
4. French Onion – Um, it’s soup covered in cheese… What’s not to like, right?
5. Tom Yum – Though I grew up with chicken noodle for colds, I am a total convert to this spicy Thai soup when I am sick. I am convinced it has all the same medicinal properties, plus the added bonus of the spiciness helping with congestion issues. (I also enjoy it when I am healthy, btw.)
6. Manhattan Clam Chowder – As I noted this summer, this has always been my go-to food at Saratoga, and I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or what, but their will always be the version I like best.
7. New England Clam Chowder – I know most people are very specific about which kind of clam chowder they like, but honestly, I enjoy both equally. My current fave for New England style is from DC’s lobster truck, which has added “chowdah” to its menu for the winter.
8. Bean & Bacon – This is the best canned soup ever.
9. Chicken Pho – The Vietnamese joint by my house where I used to get this is gone now, and I miss picking up pho on the way home from work in the worst way. I’ve heard there’s a new place coming, though, so… fingers crossed!
10. Beef & Barley – This is on my list of soups I need to learn how to make, because I really, really like it but have a hard time finding it in restaurants.
So… that’s my list. What’s on yours?