Isn’t SOUP the Ultimate Comfort Food?

2 02 2009

soup1In observing most polls & lists of Top 10 COMFORT foods, it appears that Mac & Cheese, Ice Cream, Grilled-Cheese Sandwiches, Mashed Potatoes, and Chocolate seem to always be ahead of any SOUP on the list. The highest rated soups (though almost always below the aforementioned comfort foods) seem to be Chicken Noodle, Tomato, and… if I may be so bold… Chili… which, while technically not a soup, finds itself at home under the ‘soup umbrella’ in my book.

Here are the questions;

  • Who among us does not have a primal need for a piping hot bowl of soup on a blustery winter day?
  • Who among us has not been overwhelmed with the need for a bowl of hot chicken soup (noodles or otherwise) when sidelined w/ a cold or flu?
  • Do you not long for soup in the aftermath of dental work?
  • If you’re looking for a lunch that’s not-too-heavy… yet filling… is not the choice obvious?
  • Who doesn’t love those round white cardboard pint containers filled w/ hot soup TO GO… and Split Pea written in Sharpie on the top?

I don’t disagree with many of the standard comfort food choices; spaghetti, tuna-noodle casserole, meatloaf, p,b & j, fried chicken, and (in my case personally) chicken and dumplings. My contention is however… while all these foods are comforting to many of us some of the time… isn’t soup comforting to ALL of us MOST of the time. I contend that SOUP should be at the TOP of the list in all flavors!

Care to jump in to confirm soup’s ULTIMATE status… or to offer some opinion to the contrary? Please feel free to comment… and get the discussion going.





How elaborate should Superbowl food be?

1 02 2009

Your having friends over to watch the BIG GAME. You may, or may not, have any vested interest in either team playing… but it’s an event nevertheless. There’s the gazillion dollar advertisements… many of which are quite memorable and worthy of a celebration. Who doesn’t enjoy infants who can trade stock online… while chatting-up the neighbor babies on their cell phones or spitting-up? This is classic stuff.  So the question is…

Should the food you make for the Superbowl reflect a celebration of LIFE… where no food is off-limits…or be true to the game… and represent classic renditions of gridiron edibles? 

Superbowl FOOD possibilities looked at from both schools of thought:

Celebration of LIFE                             True to the GAME

Blue Corn Crusted Scrod                         Hot Wings w/ Blue Cheese & celery

Duck Confit w/ Avocado Foam                DeepDish Pizza w/ Pepperoni

Steak Tartare w/ Poached Egg                Bratwurst on a roll w/ Deli mustard

Blood Orange Mimosa Cocktails               something w/ Drinkability

duck-confit          bratwurst

For me it’s an easy call… TRUE to the GAME. That doesn’t mean you can’t work up a high-end Wing recipe… homemade blue cheese dressing… or fly in the nation’s best Brats from Wisconsin to treat your friends to.  Make your own deep dish pizza w/ imported pepperoni. That still honors tradition… it’s still football food . While there’s lots of fun in fancy food… your Superbowl party is not the right time. To which side of this debate do you lean? Just how elaborate is TOO elaborate? Please share your comments.





Shrimp Crusted Baked Haddock to share…

29 01 2009

Everyone’s being told to eat more fish these days. The health benefits seem clear, however, not everyone really likes fish all that much. They turn their noses at the ‘fishy’ smell of stronger fish and tend to avoid ordering it out or buying it fresh at the market.  I know lots of folks who ‘don’t like fish’ but somehow enjoy fish & chips. Granted crispy fried beer batter can make cardboard taste pretty good… dip that in tartar sauce (or malt vinegar for the purist) and you’re not complaining about eating fish. In fact, the batter and sauce dominates the really mild taste of the beautiful cod or haddock inside. Let me share a recipe for SHRIMP CRUSTED BAKED HADDOCK that gets even non-fish-eaters wanting more. They’re not challenged by a ‘fishy’ fish… but rather presented w/ a tender, white, meaty fish with a delicious shrimp sauce and flavorful panko crump crust. Let me know if you try this recipe. I’ve attached a video of the preparation of this recipe, as well as the actual recipe. Enjoy.

RECIPE

RECIPE

Shrimp Crusted Baked Haddock

Shrimp Crusted Baked Haddock





Topics to Discuss… FAVORITE FOOD QUOTES

28 01 2009

 

I thought I would get some discussion started with a few quotes about soup and dining. Please share your thoughts and any favorite food quotes as you see fit.

“Good soup is like a comfortable pair of shoes… You say “AHHHH!” when you experience both.”
2009 Chef Robert Seibert SUPPERMAN Personal Chef Service

“…it is the duty of every housekeeper to learn the art of soup making.”
1918 Fannie Farmer The Boston Cooking School Cookbook

“…but in eating soup he must dip his spoon away from him—turning the outer rim of the bowl down as he does so—fill the bowl not more than three-quarters full and sip it, without noise, out of the side (not the end) of the bowl.”
1922 Emily Post The Kindergarten of Etiquette

“Well, dinner would have been splendid…if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.”
Sir Winston Churchill

“I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in 14 days I lost two weeks.”
Joe E. Lewis American Comic 1902-1971