Friday, January 17, 2014
FFWD Christine's Party Soups
After tasting my renditions of each of these soups, I told Paul that I would be sad if I were served these at a party. He defended the soups, and said they'd be fine as long as they were starters served in very small portions.
When I read through the soup recipes they didn't sound like much, but the pictures were cute and at this point I definitely trust Dorie, so I decided to go for it. For the first time in a long time I had all four burners of my stove going while I made the three different soups and potato salad. I noticed that the recipe was exactly the same as a soup recommended on one of the diets I sometimes do. (I'm the world's worst dieter, I never make it more than a few days, but even as diet foods go the soup is not one of my favorites.) I was hoping that the addition of whipped cream, one of my favorite foods. would significantly improve the soup. I'm no stranger to savory whipped cream--Paul's brother, Scott, makes a really good horseradish version--and definitely thought it added an interesting touch, but I just didn't think it was enough to elevate the rather blah soup.
I served the soup with potato salad and Country Bread. To go with the bread, I set up an olive oil tasting with three of our olive oils. Paul and I both preferred the more expensive oils (we're too predictable that way), and enjoyed tasting them with and without the bread. We were a little bit disturbed to count the number of olive oils we happen to have in the house. De-cluttering is one of my goals for the new year, and I think our pantry will be a good place to start. Since another one of my new year's goals is to lose weight (when isn't weight loss one of my goals?), I've been eating the leftover soups (sans whipped cream) as part of my lunches, and have actually been sort of enjoying them. I think they're better as side dishes, when you aren't expecting much other than an okay tasting way to eat some vegetables.