Saturday, January 20, 2007
We're definitely liking Nava Atlas' Vegetarian Soups For All Seasons. This minestrone was relatively simple but very delicious, especially with some nice crusty baguette. It's got the traditional onion, carrot & celery base with a tomato-based broth and Italian seasonings. There's chickpeas, green peas and potatoes in her version too and I threw in some kale for good measure. I may not have even posted about it but it reminded me of a story. When we lived in Raleigh, North Carolina many years ago, it was about this time of year and we had a nasty ice storm. We lost power, along with much of the rest of the city, one morning and by noon the next day our power was still out and the temperature in our apartment was in the mid-50's. We decided we had to find some place warm and we started calling restaurants to see which ones had power. We checked on a couple local places to no avail then we finally called Olive Garden and they had power. So we drove on over for lunch and a warm place to sit for a while. We both had their minestrone soup and while typically this might not be anything special, on this day it was piping hot and it was the best soup we'd ever had. And when we got back home our power was back on and the heater was working overtime.