Originally Published in the Greenwood Daily Journal Saturday October 27, 2012
I am not sure if many people love soup the way that I do, but there must be a few out there just like me. I have noticed, much to my pleasure, that there are more and more ‘soup only’ restaurants cropping up around Indiana.
I love this for many reasons, one of which is that they are affordable. But more than that, we can hit up one of these spots for lunch and everyone can find something that they like. Many times the featured bowls use ingredient combinations that I may have not tried in a soup before. Most recently I had a carrot, ginger and raisin soup in a sweet whole wheat bread bowl and it was incredible!
One of my favorite places is not too far away, in downtown Indianapolis’ City Market and aptly named: Circle City Soups. Every day they have something new simmering into their rotation and I have not had one yet that I didn’t like. If you ever want a unique dining experience then head to the City Market. There is a little something for everyone-far outside the norm of pizzas and burgers. Crepes, authentic Louisiana Po-Boys, BBQ are just a few of the dining choices there.
But as the leaves change color and drop, my mood shifts to all things comfort. Easy, warm food, early bedtimes, and flannel pajamas. I am not in the house 5 minutes and I already have them on. Regretfully they have become a staple in my winter wardrobe. Just ask my oldest son. I thought he was going to fall over when I took him to an early morning cross country meet last month in my favorite Nick and Nora pair. I didn’t mind. The other moms just nodded their heads in acknowledgment, as they too donned their own early morning comfort wear.
But soup, a great soup, brings you all of the comforts of a warm and hearty meal just in a smaller package. I hate to load mine up with heavy creams and starches, so I have updated one of my favorites: Potato Soup. This one has a savory twist with the addition of my favorite cheese-blue.
You can make this one in a soup pot on the stove or in your slow cooker. I have included the instructions for both. Serve this with a light salad and a hunk of fresh, warm bread and you are ready for dinner.
Like a soft fleece blanket, a good soup can warm you heart and soul. Best of all, you didn’t get it out of a can but it was about as easy.