Oh my gosh, this soup. This soup!
I mentioned the Complete Cook’s County TV Show Cookbook on my new Cookbook Club page last week, but I only recently delved into its meticulous pages to try a recipe. I’d followed Chris Kimball, the creator of America’s Test Kitchen, via his excellent Cooks Illustrated magazines in my mother’s kitchen. However, I was unfamiliar with the Cook’s County recipes until this fabulous book showed up under the tree. (Thanks, Mama THT!)
What to do? Why, try a recipe, of course! Hence, this absolutely unreal minestrone soup.
On a cold winter’s day, can anything really beat a hot, steaming bowl of tomato soup?
(Warmer temperatures? Cuddling with Jude Law? A hot toddy? Polar fleece? Irrelevant!)
As winter has hit Washington — or rather, whacked it upside the head; hello, sub-20°F weather — I’ve found myself craving comfort food more and more. Baked pastas, roast chicken, oodles of carb-y delights (I may or may not have consumed the majority of a loaf of rye bread last week by myself. More on that later.), and above all, that so-darned-good tomato soup.
Yes, Virginia, there IS real food somewhere in there! This lovely little display of ooey-gooey chicken guts-ness, veggies and aromatics will eventually become one of my favorite cooking items in the world — chicken stock. Simple, versatile, and capable of enriching even the simplest of recipes, chicken stock (or turkey stock, or heck, even veggie stock, which is just as easy to make and totally vegetarian / vegan) is the backbone of that “Mmmm, this tastes like something my Grandma made” flavor. If you’re looking for homey nostalgia in a dish, this is your (no longer a big) secret weapon.
Image sourced from thepioneerwoman.com. Nommy nom nom.
This week’s Budget Eats entry is one of my favorites, mostly for the sheer ease of it all. If you’re looking to save some serious cash, get adventurous, and have yourself a tasty meal for days to come, give this idea a shot:
Cook a huge batch of soup, stew, or chili and divide it into individual portions.
Win! Here’s what I mean, in a bit more detail: